Iconic Movie Scenes That Were Totally Improvised

“You talkin’ to me?” Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver
Photo by Bill/Phillips Productions

Robert De Niro secured the role of a lifetime when he was picked to play a neurotic cab driver. Then 34 years old, De Niro had yet to achieve the kind of fame that he has today. Taxi Driver put him on the map.

The scene where he talks to himself in the mirror as he plans to off a politician is one of the most widely-referenced in movie history. Surprisingly, Paul Schrader’s script simply said, “Travis talks to himself in the mirror.” The rest was all De Niro. It’s not hard to see why he’s the best in the biz all these years later.