Quoting movies has become a regular part of day-to-day conversations ever since the medium moved out of the silent era. Crafting a memorable line of dialogue must be a difficult practice requiring many days and nights of screenwriters staring frustratingly at their computer screens, right? Well, not necessarily. As these 10 examples show, sometimes the best lines — the ones that stick with us — are merely spur-of-the-moment creations that nobody could have predicted.
10. Terminator 2 – “I Need A Vacation.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger is the king of irreverent quips, so it’s no surprise that the actor occasionally ad-libs a line or two. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the former Mr. Universe did just that when he uttered the line, “I need a vacation.” Putting aside the irony of a cyborg that doesn’t feel pain or emotion requiring a break from its job, this line is notable for being identical to a line Schwarzenegger had uttered a year earlier in Kindergarten Cop (where the situation warranted its use). Considering Arnold was essentially being paid over $21,000 per word for this film (700 words for a $15 million salary), this spur-of-the-moment line was worth its weight in gold.