13 Hilarious Improvised Moments From Don’t Look Up

Honestly, is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do???


Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill and Rob Morgan spent two days improvising the first scene in the Oval Office. The first cut lasted 16 minutes but was of course shortened. Some gems like this still made the cut:


In fact, Meryl improvised a different phone call in this scene for each take. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at 10 of them:

Meryl Streep improvised a different presidential phone call for ✨ every take ✨ from the Oval Office scene in DON’T LOOK UP. Here are 10. https://t.co/inTvpVpBcJ

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Jason Orlean’s punch and comment to Kate in the Oval Office was all Jonas:


In fact, many of Jason’s insults in the film were improvised by Jonah, according to Jennifer Lawrence:


She told Vanity Fair, “It was really, really hard filming with Jonah and not messing up take after take, just laughing. Once, we took him a whole day to improve the insults towards me. C ‘was unbelievable.”


Leo also improvised the part where Randall started yelling at the camera on a children’s TV show:


Director Adam McKay explained that he only scripted two lines and the rest were 100% Leo.


Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett improvised a lot in their talk show scenes, including lines like this:


That particular line that Yule’s friend asked of Kate was also totally unscripted:


This line about potatoes was all lll Timothée Chalamet:


Ariana Grande improvised a few lines from her song “Just Look Up”, like these:


Adam revealed that it was one of his favorite moments in the movie, saying, “The second I heard it, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s in the movie.'”


The entirety of Jason Orlean’s “prayer to the tricks” was improvised by Jonah:


Leo made up Randall’s very last heartbreaking line before the comet hit Earth:


Adam revealed that the idea immediately tore him and script supervisor Cate Hardman apart.


Meryl improvised the line about how President Orlean would die, which became the inspiration for the mid-credit scene:


Adam told Variety that after shooting this scene, he had the idea to end the film with Orlean getting eaten by a Brontaroc. They shot two mid-credit scenes — one where they fight over who gets to build houses on the new planet, and one that made it in the movie.


And finally, Jonah also improvised part of this post-credits scene:

Don’t forget to watch this star-studded cast in don’t look up, streaming on Netflix.

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