Surprise! Movie Scenes Where The Actors Weren’t Acting

For the perfect shot, directors will sometimes play tricks on actors to achieve a genuine reaction, or an actor may accidentally break character, with the scene working even better than planned. Having an actor show true emotion beats out even some of the best dramatics. Little did audiences know that many of their favorite shots in movies were actually made using the element of surprise. Take a look to see what they are!

Not A Fake Knock On The Head In The Princess Bride

Picture from The Princess Bride
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

In The Princess Bride, there is a scene when Count Rugen hits Westley over the head with the butt of his sword and knocks him unconscious. However, to really make it convincing, Cary Elwes (Westley) told Christopher Guest (Count Rugen) to hit him in the head for real, which he did.

Although they succeeded in their goal of realism, the film’s production had to be shut down for the day because Elwes was actually knocked unconscious and had to go to the hospital.