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Best Improvised Movie Scenes

In honor of the improvised "Like Crazy," see top movie improv scenes, from "Taxi Driver" to "Casablanca."

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“I Ate His Liver…”

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Jonathan Demme’s 1991 thriller, The Silence of the Lambs, was one of the darkest films ever to win the Academy Award for best picture. It also took home Oscars for best actor, best actress, best director, and best adapted screenplay—sweeping the top five Oscar categories. In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is interrogating psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in his cell when Lecter says, “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti”—and then utters a hair-raising hiss. The famous hiss was improvised by Hopkins as a joke to Foster and so disturbed her that the shocked look on her face is 100 percent genuine.

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