7 famous kisses in movies that weren't originally in the script

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star wars jurassic world kiss
star wars jurassic world kiss

Two major kisses in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and "Jurassic World" were unscripted.

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  • Some memorable movie kisses weren't in the original script.

  • Mark Hamill kissing Carrie Fisher's forehead in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was the result of improv on Hamill's part.

  • Emily Blunt also decided to kiss her "Edge of Tomorrow" costar, Tom Cruise, when the screenwriters struggled to write a romantic moment between their characters.

  • Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's "Jurassic World" kiss was also unscripted.

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No matter how much planning goes into movie-making, sometimes memorable moments wind up being unplanned, whether they're the result of actor improvisation or something that the film's director came up with on the spot.

Kisses are no exception, and a number of major onscreen moments weren't in the movies' original scripts. For example, Emily Blunt decided to kiss her "Edge of Tomorrow" costar, Tom Cruise, in one scene, while Mark Hamill improvised kissing Carrie Fisher's forehead in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Here are 7 movie kisses that were never supposed to happen.

Jurassic World
Jurassic World

Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt starred as Claire and Owen in "Jurassic World."

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Throughout 2015's "Jurassic World," romantic tension builds between high-powered park operations manager Claire Dearing (Howard) and macho velociraptor trainer Owen Grady (Pratt). That tension culminates in a kiss between the two after Claire saves Owen from a flying dinosaur, but the moment wasn't in "Jurassic World's" script.

"[The kiss] was spontaneous," Howard told Out Magazine. "That wasn't written in there… By the time we shot, [director] Colin [Trevorrow] said, 'I think the characters are going to earn this. I think that it's good to have a moment like this.'"

"And then on the last day, that happened — what you see in the movie," she added.

the edge of tomorrow
the edge of tomorrow

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt played Cage and Rita in "Edge of Tomorrow."

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In the 2014 sci-fi movie "Edge of Tomorrow," Cruise's Cage and Blunt's Rita are thrown into a time loop and band together to try and defeat the aliens who have invaded Earth.

Although the movie's screenwriters struggled to figure out where to write a romantic moment between the pair, Blunt eventually took matters into her own hands.

"As we tried to write some sort of a romantic moment between them, it always felt false," Christopher McQuarrie, one of the movie's screenwriters, told Film School Rejects. "It always felt like they weren't focused on what was really important."

"[...] As we were shooting that scene at the very end of the movie, we gave up on the kiss. We weren't even trying to find a place for it anymore," he continued. "And right as Emily was saying goodbye to Tom, she just kissed him goodbye in the moment. And it was not in the script. It was not even discussed on the day. Afterwards, she said, 'It just felt right. It felt right and I did it.'"

mockingjay part 2 effie haymitch kiss
mockingjay part 2 effie haymitch kiss

Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson's "The Hunger Games" characters shared a kiss in the final film.

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Brusque Hunger Games mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson) and chipper Capitol escort Effie Trinket (Banks) have a complicated relationship over the course of the franchise's four films, growing into something of an odd couple as they're forced to work together to keep Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) alive.

As Haymitch and Katniss prepare to leave Effie and return to their home of District 12 in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2," Haymitch and Effie even share an unexpected kiss.

"We planned that moment. Woody [Harrelson] and I went into that moment, that wasn't written, we improv'd that," Banks told The Huffington Post. "We decided to do it, and the director was like, 'I love it. Let's try it again.' We also did it without a kiss, and we let him decide in the editing room, and we love that he kept it."

"I personally always wanted to kiss her," Harrelson added in an interview with Associated Press. "I don't know if it was the right thing to do."

the last jedi star wars luke leia
the last jedi star wars luke leia

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher appeared together in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

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One of the most emotional moments of 2017's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" occurs when Luke Skywalker (Hamill) reunites with his sister, Leia (Fisher). At the end of the scene, Luke gives Leia a kiss on the forehead, a moment that Hamill improvised during filming.

"It was just spontaneous, and really momentous for me, because Luke was saying goodbye to his sister forever," the actor told Entertainment Tonight.

American Hustle kiss
American Hustle kiss

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams costarred in "American Hustle."

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During one scene from the 2013 dark crime comedy "American Hustle," Lawrence's Rosalyn confronts her con man husband's mistress, Sydney (Adams). Suddenly, Rosalyn impulsively kisses Sydney, before leaning back and laughing bitterly.

In press interviews, director David O. Russell revealed that the two actresses came up with the kiss together.

"The kiss was something that was pitched, and I didn't know how it would happen, and Jennifer helped finish the logic of how it would happen," he told Vanity Fair.

"I came up with the idea [of the kiss], but she executed it in a way that felt driven purely from character," Adams added during a press conference for the film. "[...] It didn't just feel like a moment where two girls are going to kiss onscreen — it felt emotional. And the laugh [Lawrence] gives after? That was genius."

Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands A Room with a View
Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands A Room with a View

Julian Lane and Helena Bonham Carter starred as George and Lucy in "A Room with a View."

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Bonham Carter made her film debut in the 1985 Oscar-winning romance "Room With a View," playing an early 20th-century English girl who falls in love with a free-spirited young man named George (Sands). They kiss in a lush field during one memorable moment, but according to Bonham Carter, there was more to the scene than meets the eye.

"You know the kiss that ended up being, everyone loved? That was totally improvised, right at the last minute," the actress told Criterion.com in 2015.

"It's very hard to walk across a plowed field in high heels, and, oh God, it was hard work," she continued. "I just knew I had to get to [Sands] without falling down. And then not laugh when he kissed me. And it's really hard to kiss someone when you're only eighteen and you haven't done it that many times, too."

lost in translation
lost in translation

Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson played Bob and Charlotte in "Lost in Translation."

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The 2003 drama "Lost in Translation" tracks the romance that grows between older, faded movie star Bob (Murray) and lonely young newlywed Charlotte (Johansson), after they unexpectedly meet in Tokyo. Before the two characters part at the end of the film, they tenderly embrace in the street and share a kiss.

When The Daily Beast asked director Sofia Coppola about the kiss in 2013, she said, "It was always meant to be this tender goodbye where they both knew that they had touched each other in some way. And I remember sometimes [Murray] would always spring things on [Johansson], and it was fun to get her reaction."

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