Behind every great actor and actress who has ever filmed an adventure movie stands a stunt double, women and men with magical powers to make jumping out of a building, from vehicle to vehicle, or fight scenes like the one in Kill Bill look like a walk in the park.
No wonder these stunt doubles have long production careers as part of a star actor's "support crew," as they become quintessential in leading movie roles for years upon years. The fun thing is, being a double, they genuinely have to look like one.
So Bored Panda has compiled a curious compilation of famous movie stars standing side by side with their stunt doubles, looking like twins ready to conquer the big screen. And most of them already have!
So scroll down, upvote your favorite pairs and be sure to hit part 1 of this post with more actors captured on camera with their body doubles to prove that our lives have been a well-directed lie.
The Rock And His Stunt Double On The Set Of Jumanji: The Next Level
"Me and my uce deuce the rock out of our element, like a couple of Polynesian mirages in the middle of the desert. Last day of shooting for our 2nd Jumanji movie. I’m always grateful for every job and the opportunity to do what I love with the people I love."
Bored Panda reached out to the legendary stunt coordinator Kurt Lott, a member of SAG/AFTRA, member of Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures, co-owner and CEO of Hollywood Stuntworks, and inventor of FIREGEL and NAKEDGEL stuntgels. He was happy to share some insights on this amazing profession.
A good stunt double starts from being a good stunt performer first off, Kurt told us. “Which requires consistent training physically and acting/performing wise. A good double will learn to move and have the mannerisms of their actor. A good double will learn to know their actors' abilities to communicate the action and how they should pad up if needed.”
Carrie Fisher & Her Stunt Double Tracey Eddon Sunbathing While Filming Star Wars: Return Of The
Clark Gregg And His Stunt Double Dane Farwell
Although stunt performing is something that has been captivating the imagination of many, few of us really know it works in practice. So when asked Kurt how they cast stunt doubles. “First we can ask the actor if they have someone they work with that has doubled them before. Otherwise we will have the actors' sizes, ethnicity, gender, and know the action in the script that will dictate abilities needed,” he explained.
Tom Hardy With His Stunt Double On The Set Of Mad Max: Fury Road
“Stunt people have publications they can put their information on when stunt coordinators are looking for doubles. So this is another source for recruiting a double.”
It turns out that any bit of action in a movie requires a stunt double, Kurt said. “Not only for doubling but developing the action, be it pre-vis or testing certain stunts that can be choreographed for the actor to be able to perform safely.”
Lynda Carter With Her Wonder Woman Acting Double Jeannie Epper
Why Have One Thor When You Can Have Two? Chris Hemsworth's Equally Hot Stunt Double Shows Us How He Gets The Abs Of A God
Kurt himself grew up doing extreme sports, so by the time he walked on set, he was ready for anything, having had experience hang gliding, scuba diving, driving motocross, desert racing, drag racing (motorcycle and car), riding horses, and an engineering background. All of which was a natural transition into stunt work.
He easily tackled even the most extreme stunts like high falls, descender falls, car and motorcycle crashes, and being burned alive. No wonder he quickly transitioned to being a full-time stuntman.
My Bloodrider Kim Fardy. I Wish I Could Show The World What U Have Done For Me And This Movie
Karen Gillian And Her Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Jumanji
Today, Kurt coordinates, rigs and performs stunts in blockbuster movies, from Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides to Divergent to Titanic. He also holds the distinction of being the double who gets kicked out of a window in the action sequence at the end of Rush Hour 2—a 170-foot fall onto the roof of a taxi. Even Jackie Chan asked, how did you do that?
Melissa McBride And Her Stunt Double On The Set Of Walking Dead
Scarlett Johansson And Her Stunt Double Heidi Moneymaker On Their Last Day On Set After Working Together Since Iron Man 2
Elijah Woods With His Scale Double Kiran Shah On The Set Of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
She's Been With Me Since The First Wonder Woman And I Know We Have A Long Future Together
She’s a mother, an athlete, and her movements are unlike anything I’ve seen before in a stunt performer. Thank you Stani for bringing your all, everyday and with such grace and kindness.
Game Of Thrones Epic Fight
Ken Stott And His Stunt Double Peter Dillon On The Set Of The Hobit
Ellie Kemper With Her Stunts On He Set Of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
So Much Credit To Casey, My Amazing Stunt Double On GOT. She Is Awesome
Throwing It Back To This Awesome Woman Who Convinced Me That Having A Child Was Not Only Completely Possible While Having A Career In The Entertainment Industry
But even better, it wasn’t her words so much as it was her own knowing of this, her grounded, strong, authentic female energy that spoke to my same energy that was buried inside waiting to be freed. Thank you one million times over sister!
Emma Watson With Her Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Harry Potter
Johnny Depp With His Stunt Double Tony Angelotti On The Set Of Pirates Of The Caribbean
Zoe Saldana With Her Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Guardians Of The Galaxy
"We tested out Gamora masks for our stunt people to use. But, in addition to being horrifyingly scary, they seemed unwieldy. So we ditched them and went with straight up Green face paint on our stunties - or face replacement when necessary."
Sophia Di Martino And Gugu Mbatha-Raw With Their Stunt Doubles
Mena Massoud With His Stunt Double On The Set Of Aladdin
Sir Ian McKellen, Along With His Stunt And Riding Doubles
Doing Stunts For Mrs. Angela Bassett
Awkwafina With Her Stunt Double On The Set Of Jumanji: The Next Level
"The real hero. My incredible and crazy talented stunt double @bgirlmislee. Thank u for making me look way cooler than I am, being a total inspiration, and making sure my crotch harness was adequately fit. Love you so much!"
Working With One Of My Favorites. Longtime Friend Joe Manganiello Always Makes Time On Set Fun And Professional! Thanks For Your Loyalty Bud
Talk About Double, Trouble. 2 Harley Quinn's. Could Be A Worse Situation To Be In
Tom Hardy And His Stunt Double Jake Tomuri
Monique Ganderton Was Charlize Theron's Stunt In Atomic Blonde
Back When I Doubled Sigourney Weaver On The Defenders In New York. Fun Times
Maisie Williams And Her Stunt Double Kristina Baskett On The Set Of Game Of Thrones
Tom Hardy With His Stunt Double In The Survivor
What A Experience From Start To Finish! Cold Nights In Winterfell To Eating Donuts In Kings Landing. Very Proud To Have Been A Part Of This
Friend Just Finished Stunt Doubling For This Guy
Scarlett Johansson With Her Stunt Double On The Set Of The Avangers
Jenna Fischer Had A Stunt Double In The Company Picnic Episode
Apparently she wasn’t good at playing volleyball, also had restricted movements because of a previous injuries.
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