Bloopers cut for a good reason

It's simplifying things, but here's how a movie gets made: actors film scenes by saying the lines they've carefully memorized, and then the director and editors assemble a cut using the best takes of each scene. That means there's all kinds of extra footage that doesn't get used for whatever reason, such as actor error, a failing prop, or something so wildly off-kilter that to use it in the movie wouldn't make sense. Here are some bloopers and outtakes from movies that never made it into the final cut for some very easily understandable reasons.

Suicide Squad

In director David Ayer's manic, cartoonish DC villain-o-rama, the usually heroic Will Smith plays very much against type as Deadshot, a frightening individual who is both a hitman and an expert sharpshooter. It would seem that in real life, Smith is much more similar to the characters he usually portrays—nice, funny guys—than he is to Deadshot. This take was unusable because Smith completely fumbled loading a gun…which is like the one thing Deadshot could handle with his eyes closed.

Bad Moms

NFL defenseman J.J. Watt has started making the move into showbiz, and he's a pretty funny guy who usually seems as comfortable onscreen as he does smashing into other physical behemoths on the gridiron. In Bad Moms, he plays a soccer coach who bears some of the brunt of Mila Kunis's character's rage—and in this take, she so convincingly plows through a door and storms into Watt's tiny office that the otherwise macho dude is genuinely surprised, impressed, and unnerved.

That Awkward Moment

The title of this amiable millennial comedy is going to sound dated in a decade or so—such is the way it goes when a movie gets its name from a slang expression. (See also: the 1986 BMX movie Rad and the 1999 teen comedy She's All That.) Of course, it's a movie about the cringe-inducing awkward moments we all seem to put ourselves through, primarily those of a romantic or sexual nature. But the most awkward moment of all the awkward moments in That Awkward Moment occurs when just about every framed poster in a conference room scene comes loose and falls down.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

It's a little unclear just what's happening here. Chris Evans, in the guise of Captain America, is supposed to utter the well-known, time-honored Avengers catchphrase "Avengers, assemble!" He seems to pause for dramatic effect, but then that pause goes on too long and it would seem that Evans forgot his line…which is both incredibly famous and only two words long. This isn't his first time portraying Cap, so maybe he was just making a joke; that's at least how he tries to play it off.

Scandal

Most modern Americans carry their smartphone with them wherever they go. There's always the possibility somebody might text, or a long wait in line at the coffee shop that's endurable only with endless Instagram scrolling. Even actors actively working on a set carry their phones around with them—out of view of the camera and with the ringer turned off, of course. Well, they're supposed to turn the ringer off. While shooting a scene for Scandal, Guillermo Diaz (Huck) gets a bit embarrassed when he's interrupted by the sound of his own phone going off.

Back to the Future

More on-set silliness than unusable outtake, this take finds Michael J. Fox strolling through the set of 1955 Hill Valley High School in search of his then-teenage mother (Lea Thompson) and spotting her through a classroom window. And yet for some reason, Fox does the scene while wearing a white tank top and affecting a woefully stereotypical and moderately offensive "Latino" voice and character. This one was wisely cut—Back to the Future certainly didn't need whatever this was supposed to be.

Your Highness

Your Highness is loaded with profanity, but it's the right profanity, and right amount of profanity. It was a tricky movie to pull off, carefully balancing fantasy and medieval movie tropes with modern-day gross-out and drug humor. The usually winsome Zooey Deschanel is game and tries out a bunch of different filthy things to say to her one true love, played by James Franco, but all of them sound like way, way too much. (Funny, yes, but overkill nonetheless.)

Red Eye

There are many frightening things in Red Eye. For example, Cillian Murphy plays a terrorist, and the movie is set mostly on a plane, which provides a claustrophobic and urgent feel. It's a tense, pulse-pounding, exhausting thriller with few light-hearted moments. That means this charming bit with a little girl threatening to beat up Murphy—bright-eyed and smiling throughout—just didn't fit in.

Daddy Day Care

Daddy Day Care is built around the idea of kids being cute and causing trouble, but all that trouble has to be carefully orchestrated for maximum comic effect. They can't just have kids acting like kids and ruining scenes! That's exactly what happens in what was supposed to be a non-silly sequence. Eddie Murphy and Regina King converse while he holds a toddler…who accidentally spills his drink all over both of his adult co-stars.