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In the banana song scene in Beetlejuice (1988), when Lydia (Winona Ryder) gets up from the table she starts laughing. She can even be heard right in the middle of the scene, and a little later is seen convulsed with laughter.

Was Lydia's reaction in the script or was it Winona Ryder's real reaction to the scene and intentionally left in the final cut?

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  • The reaction fits with the scene but it is odd they didn't give her a close-up if it was intentional.
    – Mr_Thyroid
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 21:19
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    "In the script" Yes, it's in the shooting script, kind of: "A look of sheer delight comes across Lydia's face, unlike anything we have previously seen. She dances and claps her hands in time with the music. She is in teen heaven."
    – Walt
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 23:34
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    @Walt is it not worth answering?
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 5:43
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    What does "laughing over" mean? Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 12:07
  • @Walt ... I think that's the point, given the editing doesn't exactly highlight her reaction, was her reaction simply the actress laughing at her colleagues, or was it scripted. I think you have an answer.
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:33

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Lydia was indeed supposed to be delighted by their possession. Here's the bit in the shooting script that details her character's reaction right when they all start dancing:

A look of sheer delight comes across Lydia's face, unlike anything we have previously seen. She dances and claps her hands in time with the music. She is in teen heaven. [...]

Lydia excitedly looks around the room to see if she can see the ghosts. She can't.

So whether Ryder was acting or rather was genuinely amused and used that energy for her character, her jubilant reaction was originally in the script.

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  • I'm going to accept your answer but I guess we can't know the real situation except the participants of that scene take. So if in future someone contributes with a testimony from the crew the acceptance can go to their answer. Thanks.
    – Montag451
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 20:07

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