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The Funniest Deleted Scenes You've Never Seen

There are a lot of reasons why a completely written, completely produced scene might not ultimately make it into the final cut of a movie. Perhaps it drags down the flow or timing of the film, or maybe the tone doesn't mesh with the rest of the project. Sometimes a movie is just plain too long and cuts have to be made. For whatever reason, a lot of great stuff can end up on the cutting room floor. Fortunately, these scenes have a way of re-emerging years later.

With that in mind, we've taken a look back at some of the funniest lost scenes in Hollywood history, and rounded up every cut sequence that was just as funny — if not funnier — than anything in the movie proper. While they still may not work within the context of the movie, they're often just fun to watch on their own. These are the funniest deleted scenes you've never seen.

Step Brothers

Adam McKay directed and co-wrote the 2008 comedy film "Step Brothers," which has gone on to cement a place among the funniest movies of all time. The plot follows two middle-aged men — Brennan (Will Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly) — who still live at home with their parents. The pair are forced to live together and mature as adults when their mother (Mary Steenburgen) and father (Richard Jenkins) begin dating and eventually marry. Rounding out the cast are Adam Scott, who plays Brennan's brother Derek, and Kathryn Hahn as Derek's wife Alice.

This deleted scene was intended to come late in the movie, just before Brennan's ultimate redemption, when he saves the Catalina Wine Mixer and reunites with his stepbrother Dale. Featuring the always hilarious Rob Riggle as an aggressive Randy, the five-minute-long video showcases the bullying treatment Brennan has to put up with at Derek's helicopter leasing firm where he now works. Despite having some great lines, it is understandable why it was cut, given that "Step Brothers" already contains a similar sequence — featuring Brennan and Dale attending job interviews — that is far more essential to the plot.

Tommy Boy

In many ways, 1995's "Tommy Boy" sees comedian and actor Chris Farley at his very best. Directed by Peter Segal, it sees Farley portray the dim-witted but friendly Thomas Callahan III, who takes over the family business after the sudden death of his father (Brian Dennehy). Teaming up with the anxious and contemptuous Richard (David Spade), his father's former assistant, Tommy travels across the U.S. to find new clients to keep the company in business and save the jobs of all the employees.

The "SNL" alumnus was easily one of the funniest people on the planet when he took the lead role in the film. He was capable of creating memorable moments that became part of popular culture simply to stop himself from getting bored on set. But what he is undoubtedly best remembered for are the perfectly timed pratfalls that made up so much of his physical comedy. "Tommy Boy" already contains a number of great examples of this. However, we can't help but feel that this deleted scene of him running across a parking lot in the most ridiculous way possible would have been the icing on the cake of an already great movie.


What do you get if you throw two of the world's best comedic actors together in a funny golf movie? The answer certainly isn't "Happy Gilmore," but rather the 1980 classic "Caddyshack." Chevy Chase and Bill Murray had a notable spat in the late 1970s when Chase returned to "Saturday Night Live," an affair that ultimately ended up in the two coming to blows on the "SNL" set. By 1980, though, the pair had reconciled enough to work together on "Caddyshack," which follows a young caddy (Michael O'Keefe) who becomes embroiled in a feud at the prestigious golf club where he works.

Unfortunately, Chase and Murray don't interact with each other much throughout the film despite being two huge names in the world of comedy at the time. That might have been different if this deleted scene had made it into the final cut, with the bizarre groundskeeper attempting to give Chase's character some tips on improving his golf skills between chasing down the meddlesome gopher that plagues him throughout the film.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Throughout the 2000s, Will Ferrell could hardly put a foot wrong when it came to comedies. He had smash hits with everything from "Blades of Glory" and "Anchorman" to "Elf" and "Step Brothers." Arriving smack bang in the middle of his most successful period was "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," a sports comedy that sees Ferrell portraying NASCAR racing driver Ricky Bobby alongside his teammate, played by his "Step Brothers" partner John C. Reilly. The pair battle Formula 1 racer Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), who arrives to challenge Ricky's dominance on the track.

"Talladega Nights" proved a financial and critical success, thanks in no small part to some outstanding comic moments from Ferrell. This deleted scene sees the down-on-his-luck driver attempting to rebuild his life and find something new to do — at least, that is what he tries to convince his mother (Jane Lynch). None of that explains why he just had to eat so many burritos and enchiladas while sitting on the couch all day.

This is 40

Judd Apatow has been responsible for some of the best comedies of the last two decades. The director and writer was the leading force behind the likes of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," and "Trainwreck." In 2012, Apatow released "This Is 40," a follow-up to "Knocked Up" that sees Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) attempting to come to terms with the fact they are turning 40 while managing their increasingly turbulent relationship. Actors John Lithgow, Chris O'Dowd, and Megan Fox also have supporting roles, playing family members or close friends of the couple.

In this scene, Jason Segal and O'Dowd's characters try their absolute hardest to flirt with Desi, the younger woman played by Fox. Falling short with every single line, the pair are not only ineffectual but end up being unkindly compared by Desi to the far older actor Judge Reinhold. It is not just the 40-somethings that look stupid, though, with Desi insisting on knowing the guy's star signs to determine how sexually compatible they would be as a couple.

Mean Girls

"Mean Girls" arrived at a time when Lindsay Lohan was at the height of her fame and still in demand by Hollywood. Among a spate of successful films, which included "Freaky Friday" and "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," was "Mean Girls." The 2004 comedy was directed by Mark Waters and based on a script by Tina Fey of "30 Rock" fame. Alongside Lohan are many successful young female actors, such as Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Amy Poehler, in addition to more established stars like Tim Meadows and Daniel Franzese.

"Mean Girls" largely focuses on the social hierarchy of high schools and how bullying and cliques can dominate life for students, making it challenging to be themselves and express any individuality. Much of the humor comes from the interactions between the students, but there are also some entertaining scenes featuring the youngsters with their parents. This deleted scene would have added to the latter, with a brief but funny argument between Lohan's Cady and her mother and father — played by Ana Gasteyer and Neil Flynn — that includes a helpful subtext translation.


In 2003, director Jon Favreau teamed up with Will Ferrell for "Elf," a Christmas comedy that has become a classic of the holiday season. Ferrell plays Buddy, a human orphan accidentally taken back to the North Pole and adopted by the elves after becoming trapped in Santa's toy sack. However, he returns to New York City as an adult to search for his biological father (James Caan). Along the way, Buddy discovers more about himself while also helping to redeem his dad, who transforms from a selfish jerk into a loving father.

The early parts of "Elf" deal with Buddy coming to terms with the fact that he doesn't quite fit in with the elf-kind due to his larger size. This is demonstrated through a basketball match where Buddy dominates everyone else thanks to his extra height. Similarly, a deleted scene shows Buddy participating in a hockey game where he overpowers every elf around him. Of course, it's understandable that it was removed, considering it is the second of two sports-themed scenes used to demonstrate that Buddy doesn't fit in.


While there's no doubt that the vast majority of superhero movies are family-friendly affairs, there's a tradition of darker, more mature comic book adaptations as well. One of the more recent examples, 2016's "Deadpool," proved that there is definitely an audience for R-rated superhero movies, as long as they are done right.

The movie stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular anti-hero, whose real name is Wade Wilson, as he hunts down an evil scientist, known as Ajax (Ed Skrein), responsible for torturing him and providing Deadpool with his unique regenerative powers. At the same time, Wilson fails to find the courage to reconnect with his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin).

His pining over Vanessa is the subject of this deleted scene, where Deadpool follows his love interest from a distance but never quite manages to get close enough to talk to her or reveal himself. It's a seemingly poignant moment that shows the softer side of the character — that is, until he is unceremoniously hit by a passing truck and wakes up in a morgue.

Iron Man 3

"Iron Man 3" is not going to go down as one of the best MCU installments, although that doesn't make it a bad movie. Robert Downey Jr. returns to his iconic role as Tony Stark, with the titular hero facing numerous struggles in his personal life that are exacerbated by the destruction caused during "The Avengers" and a series of attacks led by the mysterious Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). This is particularly obvious as the relationships between Stark and his longtime love Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and best friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) begin to break down over his negative actions. 

All of this means that "Iron Man 3" isn't exactly teeming with jokes and doesn't have a lot of space for comedy moments, unlike many other MCU releases. That may well be why this scene was cut from the film, which shows Kingsley's character performing various accents to try and get himself out of a sticky situation at the behest of Iron Man and War Machine. The impersonation ultimately works, with alternate endings to the scene adding to the hilarity.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" was not Will Ferrell's first comedy, but it did firmly cement the actor as a comic giant and remains one of his standout releases to this day. Written by Ferrell and Adam McKay, with the latter also taking on directing duties, it stars a cast of comedy greats, including Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Fred Willard, with other high-profile names appearing in smaller roles. Taking a satirical look at '70s culture and the world of broadcast news, "Anchorman" centers on the legendary Ron Burgundy and new arrival Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), an up-and-coming reporter who shakes up the male-dominated newsroom. 

Lots of content filmed for the movie ended up on the cutting room floor. In fact, there was so much extra content that McKay was able to stitch together a DVD-only sequel made up of deleted and alternate scenes along with some bloopers. The end result was "Wake Up, Ron Burgundy," which doesn't exactly tell a cohesive story but still manages to elicit its fair share of laughs. Arguably the best deleted scene added to this pseudo-sequel is one showing a clearly annoyed Amy Poehler berating a gang of bank robbers for their bizarre choice of masks.

Punch Drunk Love

Although Adam Sandler has had mixed results when it comes to his comedic projects in recent years, the actor has proved that he has what it takes as a dramatic performer. One of Sandler's earliest serious roles came in "Punch Drunk Love," a 2002 film that was not a financial success but brought widespread acclaim to the actor for his performance. He portrays a socially awkward executive who falls in love with Lena Leonard (Emily Watson), as his boring life suddenly transforms due to a series of unexpected events.

The primary antagonist in "Punch Drunk Love" is Dean Trumbell (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the owner of the mattress store that Sandler's character visits. A deleted commercial for the store sees Trumbell advertising his business before jumping off a roof onto some mattresses. However, things don't go as planned with the character bouncing off the mattresses and straight onto the concrete parking lot below, although he doesn't cause himself any serious injury.


"Trainwreck" combines the talents of Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, and Bill Hader together for a light-hearted romantic comedy. Schumer stars as a promiscuous, independent writer who has sworn off monogamy her whole life. Yet her feelings start to shift when she meets a sports doctor, played by Hader, who she not only falls for but also makes her reconsider her whole life philosophy. That doesn't come easy, though, with the writer finding it difficult to completely change her ways after decades of heavy drinking and late nights.

The alternate ending, which didn't make the final cut, shows Schumer holding a baby before quickly revealing that it isn't hers but rather her sister's. She then jokes that she is pregnant before telling the audience how much she loves family life and being an aunt. The sentimentality of the moment proves to be too much, though, and the character quickly shows that she hasn't fully moved on from her former lifestyle as she discusses grabbing a drink or four.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

There should never have been any doubt that "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" would go down as a comedy classic. After all, the 1987 film not only stars comic giants Steve Martin and John Candy, but was also written and directed by John Hughes, the man behind "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

A Thanksgiving staple in the U.S., the film follows Neal Page (Martin), a tightly wound executive who is trying to get home for the holidays after a freak storm diverts his plane. Along the way, he meets Del Griffith, played by Candy, with the two clashing due to their very different personalities — leading to some hilarious interactions between the pair.

This deleted scene features Del ordering and preparing his food onboard a plane, meticulously revealing his choices and methods to ensure he gets the best meal possible on every airline. Few actors could make eating food on a plane entertaining but Candy manages to do just that, throwing some great gags into the mix as well.

What We Do in the Shadows

"What We Do in the Shadows" not only proved to be a successful film, but it also launched an entire franchise. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi jointly took on writing and directing duties for the 2014 release, which charts the lives of several vampires living in the present day in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. When a new face joins the ranks of the undead, the group faces fresh challenges as they struggle to fully cope with modern life.

A cute deleted scene from the movie shows Viago (Waititi) and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) discussing the pottery creations they have been working on, albeit with little success. Fortunately, their lack of skill doesn't get the vampires down and they simply repurpose the items into other things, with a cup turning into a basket and a candlestick holder having a variety of uses. Later, the two discuss their romantic lives and the age difference between Viago and his love interest.

This is Spinal Tap

Rob Reiner's 1984 mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap" is a cult classic that has had a huge influence since its release. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer star as the three charter members of a fictional British heavy metal band followed by a documentary crew that captures the trials and tribulations of the group. Popularizing the mockumentary genre, "This Is Spinal Tap" is filled with iconic moments that have become part of popular culture.

A scene that didn't make it into the final cut sees the band visit a zoo and have an in-depth discussion about what apes actually eat. It is exactly as bizarre as it sounds, with the group seemingly coming to the conclusion that apes and monkeys are primarily bread eaters despite having no baking skills whatsoever. One band member even reveals that some gorillas can talk, although none of them are capable of swearing for some unknown reason. McKean even admitted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he hadn't seen this particular deleted scene from "This is Spinal Tap."

Scary Movie

In many ways, "Scary Movie" launched an entire genre of spoofs, ranging from further parodies of horror films to the likes of "Disaster Movie" and "Epic Movie." A product of the Wayans brothers, with members of the family directing, writing, and starring in the 2000 film, it started a franchise that spawned four sequels. Satirizing horror movies such as "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer," it follows a group of teenagers being hunted by a vicious killer wearing a Ghostface mask.

The opening scene of "Scary Movie" closely resembles the early moments of "Scream," when the killer phones a young woman and quickly begins to threaten her. The "Scary Movie" version is decidedly goofier, with the victim, Drew Decker (Carmen Electra), having a silicone implant removed and later being hit by a car driven by her father. A short 30-second clip that was removed from the sequel sees the murderer slowly chase down Drew until it is revealed she is actually running on a treadmill, poking fun at the cliché of characters in horror films being unable to get away from the villains.

Hot Rod

Before Andy Samberg became a worldwide star for portraying detective Jake Peralta in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," the "Saturday Night Live" alumni starred in a number of comedies throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s. In "Hot Rod," Samberg takes on the role of an aspiring stuntman named Rod who continues in the profession despite the taunts of his stepfather, Frank (Ian McShane). When Frank falls ill, Rod plans his biggest stunt ever to raise enough money to pay for his medical care.

Unlike many deleted scenes, this one from "Hot Rod" has completed music and looks ready to simply be inserted into the final cut. It depicts Rod recreating a famous stunt in his bedroom, using toys and a pool table, before the action takes an extreme turn as a dinosaur attacks his stepfather, clearly showing Rod's animosity toward his family. This culminates in his brother Kevin (Jorma Taccone) unexpectedly entering his room, prompting an angry outburst from Samberg's character.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Disney has had something of a mixed bag when it comes to its "Star Wars" offerings. The sequel trilogy was not exactly well-received, although the standalone movies and television series have had more success. The 2018 film "Solo: A Star Wars Story" features Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Glover as part of the cast, under the direction of Ron Howard. Following a young Han Solo, the story shows the rebellious smuggler meeting Chewbacca and acquiring the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian on his first real adventure outside the law.

"Solo" isn't a comedy, yet the film still has a number of funny moments that add some levity to the proceedings. The entire movie may well have been even more lighthearted if this deleted scene had stayed in, which shows Han and Chewbacca having a snowball fight as they traverse a wintery planet. Not only does it add a bit more amusement to the movie, it also helps to show the playful nature of the two smugglers as their friendship develops.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

1994 was very much the year that Jim Carrey became a worldwide superstar. He had leading roles in "The Mask" and "Dumb and Dumber," as well as "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." Starring alongside Courteney Cox, Carrey plays an unconventional animal expert tasked with tracking down the missing dolphin mascot of the Miami Dolphins. His zany and strange methods lead to a series of misadventures, with few having faith that Ace can actually accomplish his task and save the day.

Previously only available on home releases of the movie, this deleted scene was intended for the early part of the movie when Ace begins to investigate the disappearance of the dolphin Snowflake. With reporters asking to get a look at the mascot, Ace pretends to be German animal trainer Heinz Getwellvet to throw off suspicion that Snowflake is missing, affecting a ludicrous accent and behaving in a truly eccentric manner.

Spider-Man 2

Long before the MCU hit its stride, Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy brought the adventures of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) to the big screen in a live-action adaptation of the comic book web-slinger. The sequel, which hit cinema screens in 2004, sees Spider-Man tackle Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina), as the villain seeks revenge against him after the death of his wife. At the same time, Peter Parker faces turmoil in his personal life as his best friend (James Franco) and love interest (Kirsten Dunst) drift further away.

One of the standout performances in Raimi's trilogy is J. K. Simmons' portrayal of The Daily Bugle's editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson. Having an intense hatred of Spider-Man, the character does everything he can to disparage the hero. Yet he also provides some of the best moments of comic relief. A great example of that comes in this deleted scene, where Jameson puts on the Spider-Man costume and pretends to be the superhero in front of his bemused employees, all while still smoking his signature cigar.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

There have been many "James Bond" spoofs over the years but none have been quite so successful as the "Austin Powers" franchise. The first installment arrived in 1997 in the form of "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," establishing the formula that was to follow in two further sequels. Mike Myers, who also wrote the film, stars as the eponymous British secret agent and his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil. The two battle across several decades after being cryogenically frozen, while struggling to adapt to modern-day sensibilities.

A recurring joke in the "Austin Powers" franchise focuses on henchmen failing to get out of any danger, no matter how easy it would be to avoid coming to harm. This began in the first film, with a steamroller flattening a Virtucon guard despite moving at a snail's pace. A follow-up scene to this sequence, which was missing from most versions of the movie, examines the effect of his death on the guard's family.

Dumb and Dumber

An early film in Jim Carrey's career, "Dumb and Dumber" stands as a comedy classic that helped make the comic actor a household name around the world. The 1994 film follows Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) as they set out to return a suitcase, inadvertently becoming involved in a kidnapping plot involving a dangerous criminal group as they trek across the United States. Carrey was certainly committed to making sure Lloyd remained dumb, leading to a lot of hilarious moments in this laugh-a-minute movie that contains tons of witty dialogue and brilliant physical comedy.

Throughout the film, Lloyd and Harry come into conflict with a trucker called Sea Bass (Cam Neely). Violent and quick to anger, Sea Bass swears revenge against the pair after they trick him into paying for their food at a diner. They later encounter the truck driver at a gas station, with Sea Bass telling Lloyd that he plans to sexually assault and kill him. Luckily, Harry smashes down the door to the toilet cubicle and knocks Sea Bass out after he accidentally sets his foot on fire. It's a harrowing moment punctuated with some genuinely funny moments, especially from Harry as he tries to impress a nearby woman who is also getting gas.

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The 2017 film "It" stars Bill Skarsgård as the evil clown Pennywise, the physical manifestation of an ancient entity that haunts a Maine town, with the initial movie in the two-part franchise retelling the first half of the story from Stephen King's novel. This involves a group of seven outcast children, known as the Losers Club, banding together to defeat Pennywise and put a stop to his reign of terror while facing their most terrifying fears.

Pennywise is introduced in the opening sequence of "It," where a young boy named Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) loses his paper sailboat and encounters the deadly clown while looking for it down a storm drain. In the official version, Pennywise dismembers and kills Georgie, setting up the events of the following year. However, an alternate deleted version shows Georgie simply retrieving the boat from Pennywise and thanking him as he walks away. It isn't clear why this was filmed, although it might have something to do with the fact that Skarsgård was aware he was traumatizing the kids on set and wanted to reassure them that he was only acting.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

"Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith" was the third and final entry in the prequel trilogy, showing Anakin Skywalker's (Hayden Christensen) transformation into Darth Vader and the destruction of the Jedi Order. Set during the closing stages of the Clone Wars, the film chronicles the Galactic Republic's continuing war against the Separatists, who are under the secret control of the Sith. It isn't exactly the "Star Wars" entry where you'd expect to find funny jokes or physical comedy — although that hasn't stopped George Lucas in the past, with his inclusion of inappropriate characters such as Jar Jar Binks.

As Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) hunt down General Grievous (Matthew Wood) on his starship and attempt to rescue the Chancellor (Ian McDiarmid), they face numerous obstacles. In a deleted scene, this also included getting lost and needing help from R2-D2. While discussing what they should do, Anakin suddenly begins speaking in droid in what is an unintentionally funny moment, just because of how ridiculous the whole clip is. What makes matters worse is that this isn't a rough cut. The scene looks relatively complete and could seemingly have made it into the final film without much extra work.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Tom Gormican teamed up with writer Kevin Etten to create the meme-producing movie "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent." The 2022 comedy stars Nicolas Cage as a fictional version of himself who has fallen on hard times as his career stalls. Meanwhile, Pedro Pascal takes on the role of Javi, a super fan willing to do anything to meet his idol. Having accepted an offer to appear at a private birthday party, Cage finds himself recruited by the CIA to help uncover a kidnapping plot. Despite widespread praise, especially for the two lead performances, the movie failed to make a splash at the box office.

That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of hilarious moments though. In fact, the two main stars share some brilliantly funny scenes together, with their chemistry clear to see. This deleted scene is no different, as Nicolas Cage tries to help Javi to nail an impression. It is hard not to laugh at the back-and-forth between them and even harder to remain straight-faced at Javi's proud look when he finally impresses his hero.

Love Actually

Released in 2003, "Love Actually" is a British romantic comedy that has become synonymous with Christmas, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Laura Linney, and Liam Neeson. Written and directed by Richard Curtis, the film tracks the exploits of a diverse set of characters across 10 interconnected stories that all deal with love in some way or another. As you'd expect from a Curtis rom-com, there are light-hearted moments as well as some incredibly tender scenes that pull on the audience's heartstrings.

According to Richard Curtis, the original draft of the film contained many mentions of young Sam (Thomas Sangster) being a highly skilled gymnast, so it made sense to include a scene of him showing off his ability. Unfortunately, the scene was ultimately cut from the final version of the movie that audiences got to see. If it had been included, viewers would have been able to witness a hilarious clip where Sam is able to twist, jump, and tumble through an airport while being pursued by security.