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 Oval Office scene. The first cut was a whopping 16 minutes long but was, of course, shortened. Some gems like this still made the cut, though:
In fact, Meryl improvised a different phone call in that scene for every single take. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at 10 of them:
Jason Orlean’s fist bump and comment to Kate in the Oval Office was all Jonah:
In fact, a lot of Jason’s insults in the movie were improvised by Jonah, according to Jennifer Lawrence:
Leo also improvised the part where Randall started screaming at the camera on a children’s TV show:
Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett improvised quite a bit in their talk show scenes, including lines like this:
This peculiar line Yule’s friend asked Kate was also totally unscripted:
This line about potatoes was alllll Timothée Chalamet:
Ariana Grande improvised some lines from her song “Just Look Up,” like these:
The entirety of Jason Orlean’s “prayer to stuff” was improvised by Jonah:
Leo came up with Randall’s very last, heart-wrenching line before the comet hits Earth:
Meryl improvised the line about how President Orlean would die, which became the inspiration for the mid-credit scene:
And finally, Jonah improvised part of this post-credits scene too:
Don’t forget to watch this star-studded cast in Don’t Look Up, streaming on Netflix.