The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. As for the road to serious moviedom, we think you’ll find it peppered with potholes that are far funnier than the filmmakers and actors could have possibly intended.
The mood of many a tragic drama and terrifying horror has been ruined when the audience burst into laughter…
When faced with interrogation by Jason Bourne, murderous goon Castel choose death… by running straight through a window and somersaulting into oblivion. Titanic‘s propeller guy would approve.
We are to believe that Edward is so attracted to Bella that he can’t handle her sweet, sweet human scent. Either that, or he has serious issues with diarrhoea. You decide.
M Night Shyamalan’s The Happening is arguably an accidental comedy masterpiece from start to end, but special mention has to go to the scene in which Mark Wahlberg (convincing the hell out of us as a science teacher) runs away from the wind.
Real men don’t cry. But there is one exception – when saying a last farewell to your daughter pre-Noble Sacrifice, it is permitted to shed a single tear. Just one, mind – don’t be getting all sissy on us.
(An Armageddon preview that was unwisely shown at Cannes famously had the audience hooting with laughter. Bruce Willis was not amused and scolded the audience, though we’re not sure if he shed another tear.)
Pierce Brosnan isn’t known for being a hugely OTT actor. Maybe it’s because he got it all out of his system in this one, garbled burst. It later achieved fame thanks to Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish’s loving (?) celebration of it on their XFM radio show
The Star Wars prequel trilogy has a lot to be sorry for, and for the most part it’s no laughing matter whatsoever. But Vader’s completely out of character cry of self-pity at what is the climax of those three films might be the most ill-considered moment in seven hours of ill-considered storytelling. LOL.
There’s nothing inherently funny about Russell Crowe’s character Javert’s suicide in Les Mis (we’re not monsters), but the unfortunate ‘splat’ sound effect as his crotch meets that concrete protuberance gets a laugh every time.
What is the most memorable part of James Cameron’s epic? The romance between Rose and Jack? Billy Zane’s impossible smarminess? The iceberg.
No, it’s the guy who falls to his doom, smackin’ the propellor blade and spinning over and over and over and over before he hits the water. Shouldn’t laugh, really.