Stunt doubles are easily one of the most overlooked professionals in the television industry. These guys and girls are always doing crazy stunts that could injure them, yet they don’t get the recognition they deserve. Nevertheless, some actors and actresses are changing that. Celebrities are now sharing pictures with them to show appreciation! Here are some memorable moments of Hollywood actors and their stunt doubles!
Gal Gadot is one of the leading actresses in action movies these days, especially because she is this generation’s one and only Wonder Woman. As she plays a heroine in the film, the actress has plenty of action scenes, and that’s where her stunt double comes in. Finding a stunt double for Gal wasn’t easy for the casting directors. The actress is pretty tall, so they had to look for a counterpart that was about her height. Luckily, they found Christiaan Bettridge, who looks quite similar to Gal.
Another actress making a name for herself in the movie industry is Scarlett Johansson. As the iconic Black Widow, Johansson performs fighting scenes for all her Marvel movies. Naturally, she needs a stunt actor to help her with these scenes, and her lovely stunt is Heidi Moneymaker. And as you can see that the two get along pretty well in these photos.
When not playing the role of Gamora’s sister in Guardians of the Galaxy, Karen Gillan also tries her hand at other action movies. For the Jumanji action movie, the actress had two different doubles. The three may not have the same height, but they have the same body type. We would have thought that Karen and her stunt doubles were triplets!
One of the leading stars in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Kit Harington, certainly needed a stunt double to shoot some of his scenes. He had to wear a wig to shoot fights and other stunt scenes, but other than that, the stunt double certainly looks like Kit. He almost looks like a wax statue version of the actor!
Charlize Theron became a global sensation after her Oscar-winning role as Aileen Wuornos, but the actress is now better known for being one of the brightest stars in the action genre. In the movie Atomic Blonde, Theron’s fight scenes are simply phenomenal. And what makes the scenes so realistic is thanks to her talented stunt double, Monique Ganderton.
Many people don’t know this, but even the Terminator himself needs a stunt double from time to time. Arnold Schwarzenegger is an icon in the action genre, but the actor didn’t always perform his stunts. At a glance, you can’t even tell who Arnold Schwarzenegger is in this picture! The actor and his double look way too similar — to the point that one might even think they’re father and son or siblings!
Sir Ian McKellen played the role of Gandalf, a leading character in the Lord of the Rings franchise. One of the most exciting things about LOTR is that the main actors needed more than one stunt look-alike for different reasons. In this picture, McKellen is the one in the middle. The man to his left is his regular stunt double for the action scenes. Now, the tall guy to his right is his size double. The size double came in whenever Gandalf interacted with hobbits and dwarves so that he would look taller.
Usually, producers have stunt doubles wear wigs and outfits that look just like the ones the actor/actress is wearing. However, high-budget movies often try different techniques to make stunt doubles look as similar to the actual actor as possible. When Zoe Saldana joined Marvel as Gamora, she needed more than one stunt actor. It’s interesting how they’re all made to look together, thanks to masks.
Even though Colbie Smulders rose to fame after playing Robin in How I Met Your Mother, the actress is also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When Smulders joined the cast of SHIELD, she had one permanent stunt double rather than having different look-alikes, and they get along really well on and off camera!
Jim Carrey is a national treasure. Back in the 90s and early 2000s, his movies were everything! And one of Carrey’s most iconic characters is Ace Ventura. This hilarious movie had quite a few scenes that Carrey couldn’t film himself. Jim Carrey’s stunt double was not only handsome but also skilled. While they don’t look that much alike, you can’t even tell that there is a stunt double when you watch the movie.
Sometimes, casting directors and producers can’t find a stunt double that looks exactly like the actor or actress they’ll be doubling for. Luckily, times have changed, and technology allows them to cast any stunt double with at least the same physique. As you can see, Sebastian Stan’s stunt double doesn’t look like him. However, the two have the same body type. When the costume designers put them in the same outfit, they can shoot their scenes, and the staff responsible for editing the film can easily do their job.
All of Dwayne Johnson’s movies are action-packed. This former WWE wrestler turned Hollywood star is one of the leading names in this genre. Yet even The Rock has a stunt double, and it’s safe to say that the two could easily pass as brothers! It’s incredible how they managed to find a stunt professional with the same body type as Dwayne.
This is a picture of Tom Hardy and his stunt double, Jake Tomuri. The two have collaborated on movies, including Venom movies and Mad Max: Fury Road. They look just like each other. And nevertheless, they both look fantastic!
The Harry Potter movie franchise helped its three protagonists become global sensations. The three Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe will forever be remembered for their roles in the franchise. For their action scenes, each actor had a stunt double except for Emma Watson. The young actress had three stunt doubles rather than just one. That’s because she played a significant role in the franchise’s last couple of movies, and her character went through a lot. It is pretty incredible to see 4 Hermione hanging out together.