Actor: Dustin Hoffman
Moment: "I'm walkin' here!"
What happened: Believe it: A real New York cab almost took out Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy. Given a shoestring budget, director John Schlesinger had to use a hidden camera, radio mikes, and lots of patience to capture the documentary-like shot of Ratso and Joe Buck (Jon Voight) walking and talking down Sixth Avenue. It took several takes to get the timing of their crossing right, and on what felt like the 50th attempt, the above happened. "This is the way the brain works," Hoffman explained at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. "What was in my head was, We're making a movie here! Just as I'm about to say that, I realize, Oh, you can't do that, so the brain changes, and I do, 'I'm walkin' here!' But what was really being said for me was, We're shooting here!"