In acting, the people who performed dangerous stunts were the stunt doubles, but they were not recognized by the people. Here are some of the daredevils who performed the dangerous scenes like the famous celebrity’s stunt doubles
Brad Pitt who played the role, Leonardo DiCaprio, in the movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, had a stunt double named Phil Ball. Phil Ball who played as a double in a risky scene of Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z. His reaction to the movie was “strange and boring.” We noticed that he was attached to his arm hair and tweeted while on the film stated that, “Just when I thought my day job couldn’t get any more bizarre, I’m made to shave my hands.”
Chris Hemsworth was the one who played the role of Thor. His stunt double was Bobby Holland and their appearance was pretty much the same. For an average person, it was hard to gain the same physique as Chris because of his toned body. However, for Bobby, it was a piece of cake.
Rebel Wilson was born in Australia. She was trained in the Australian Theatre for Young People and continued her education at Second City in the U.S. In her hometown, she was a well-known celebrity who was a successful stage and TV career. She had a role in American featured films like Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. On a part of her comedy film Isn’t It Romantic, it required a stuntwoman to fulfill a risky role for her.
Eunice Huthart’s hobby was a stunt double. She was the double of Angelina Jolie. In the movie Salt, she was the one who performed the risky scene for the actress. However, the show was known to have a strong body, Janene stated that “If the actress is leaner than you, then you know you have to drop some weight. When I was doubling for Angelina Jolie on Salt, I was hungry for three months! Actresses also had to drop weight for their roles, too. It’s part of the business.”
Mark Wahlberg had a stunt double who looked older and a little fatter than him, which led us to wonder why he became a cast in the movie Ted 2. The film was the sequel of the first Ted that was directed by Seth MacFarlane. The plot was a talking teddy bear that was looking for his right to be recognized as a normal human being. It might sound funny, but it was a blockbuster hit that made everyone laugh.
Mark Ruffalo had a photo with his stunt double Anthony Molinari on the set Now You See Me 2. Anthony was a stunt artist for the past 10 years. He had been a stuntman from 100 different TV shows and movies. After he played an important role in the Emmy Award-winning series called E-ring. He received awards and trophies like Screen Actors Guild Award and the Taurus World Stunt Awards.
Megan Fox’s stunt double was Stacey Carino. Stacey was a pro at dangerous stunts. After a long year of her career, she reported that she broke her neck after undergoing an x-ray test because of a different problem. She stated that “I know exactly when I did that, but I didn’t realize it was broken. I thought you were paralyzed when you broke your neck!” She admitted that Megan sometimes was the one who performed a stunt.
Cameron Diaz was a star on the show Knight and Day. The had an intense scene that needed a stunt double. For every risky role, Cameron was replaced by her double Kimberly Shannon Murphy. Kimberly was a Hollywood’s go-to stunt double for the actress. Her resume was filled with box-office hits like The Lone Ranger, Jack Reacher, Oblivion, The Hunger Games, Men in Black 3, Savages, and many more.
Natalie Portman’s stunt double was Sarah Lane. In the film Black Swan, there were some controversies about their role. Sarah said that there was a coverup on most of the dance scenes of Portman, but the producer support behind Natalie. Lane stated that “Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie. All the other shots are me. The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are Natalie. But that doesn’t show the actual dancing.”
Uma Thurman’s stunt double was Zoe Bell. Zoe Bell was the one who performed risky scenes in Kill Bill volumes one and two. The director who appreciated Bell’s effort, he asked to be a star in the movie called Death Proof. However, the movie was not centered on dangerous roles. In the interview, Bell stated that “I’ve physically kicked so many men’s asses and I can totally feel proud of that. But what I’m recognizing with age is my vulnerability is a source of strength, which seems so ironic…”
Reese Witherspoon and her stunt double Sofia Vergara teamed up to create a hilarious 2015 comedy movie called Hot Pursuit. It was a hit and literally made America peeing in their pants from laughter. Reese played the role of a police officer and needed a stuntwoman to be her double on the dangerous scenes and that’s where Sofia entered. Sofia look-alike with Reese, when you look at them from the back, you would never notice the difference.
Emilia Clarke was known for the role of the Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, and Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea on the Game of Throne series that was filmed in Spain. The girl named Rosie Mac was her stunt double. Some people said that Rosie didn’t even audition for the role and said, “That same day I posted a selfie on Twitter, and I was wearing long, blonde hair. A while later I was asked one of the agencies I’m signed with to send in my body measurements, but they didn’t tell me what for.” It was because they wanted her to replace Daenerys.
Johnny Depp was the star in the movie Pirate of the Caribbean. There were reports that the actor was not a fan of doing his own stunts. He stated that he “prefers they pull in for the close-up and leave that jumping about to the professionals.” This might be because of an injury he attained on the sequel Stranger Tides, which resulted in wobbling for weeks. His double had suffered an injury on the set that frightened the director and the crew.
Ingrid Kleinig was the stunt double of Evangeline Lilly in the movie The Hobbit. Ingrid’s performance was remarkable especially when she tried pretending to be Harley Quinn. In the film The Hobbit, she played an elf where her character was strong, coordinated, and accurate with the bow and arrow. The elf was the strongest race overall.
Shia Lebeouf appeared in the movie Transformer. She could not perform her own stunts because she was shy about it. However, it was not only Lebeouf who got a stunt double on the film. Many celebrities were replaced by their doubles including Patrick Dempsey, Megan Fox, and even Mark Wahlberg. It was expensive with too many stunt performers. Luckily, they attained the 13th highest-grossing movie series.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan had a stunt double named Aaron Toney. Aaron and Michael were best buddies. Aaron was the person who could do anything thrown his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a professional stunt-double. He was a swordmaster and an assistant fight coordinator. He worked together with Michael and got the role Killmonger. They were separated on the movie Black Panther where Aaron was a stunt double of Chadwick Boseman.
Chris Evans had a double named Sam Hargrave. Sam was a trainer and his training sessions were included in the Men’s Health. He developed a training program that made them fit. He stated that “Physical fitness has always been a huge part of my life, and now even more so.”
Emma Watson was a star in the series Harry Potter. She was loved as the Hermione of the Gryffindor. On the set, her fellow said that she needed “a lot of doubles.” That was because she was committed to her studies at Brown University. Rupert Grint clarified, “She was there for big days and really important scenes and stuff. But I don’t know how she did it, really. It’d be so weird to be in that school environment and then be on set. I couldn’t do it.”
On the movie Titanic, Kate Winslet stunt double was Sarah Farnzl. Sarah had a chance to work with Leonardo DiCaprio. She loved her job as a stuntwoman. She worked on the set of Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, the Marvel Universe, and The Fast and the Furious. If her career was difficult, but how was it possible that even the color of their hair was the same.
Tom Hardy’s double was Jacob Tomuri. Jacob was a New Zealand native that was making a name for himself and did some stunts on the movie Lord of the Rings series and many other TV programs. When he was working with Tom, He broadened up his skill not just by doing stunts. When Tom chose him for the second show, they also hired him as a double. He also practiced the Cockney accent for Hardy’s performance.
Amy Schumer’s stunt double was Meredith Richardson. Amy didn’t want to do risky or challenging stunts in the film. One scene that made her fly off a bicycle in the movie I Feel Pretty or escaping in the kidnapped situation in the show Snatched. It was Meredith that did those dangerous stunts as her double. Her courage in doing stunts was noticed by the people. Today, she got lots of work and she would be both on and offset in the movie Marvel Universe.
Krysten Ritter was an actress known for her show, Jessica Jones. It is an American web television series called Jessica Jones created by Melissa Rosenberg particularly for Netflix. This show was created based on the Marvel Comic character, Jessica Jones. She was a previous superhero who began to work on her own detective agency. Jessica Jones was played by different actresses. One was Krysten Ritter who was the one who acted and the other was Dejay Roestenberg who was on the role for the risky scenes.
Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, was an irreplaceable legacy but was still cloneable. His go-to stuntman, Tanaoai Reed, was also his first cousin. It’s usually fine for a stunt double to resemble the actor far away but the duo still looked identical when you look closely, too. Their builds, jaws, noses, and smiles could even have the duo confused for twins.
Hugh Jackman was absolutely ripped as Wolverine, but he still needed assistance when it came to stunts. His brother-in-law, Richard Bradshaw, was a professional stuntman and his skills for automobile stunts, riding wires, and anything horse-related were just some of the stunts he could perform. Aside from being the stunt double of his brother-in-law, Richard Bradshaw also filled in for other Hollywood stars such as Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Pierce Brosnan, and Ted Danson.
Lily Collins was not merely the daughter of an English musician Phil Collins. She had made a successful career for herself as an actress, model, and writer. Lily Collins had a stunt double for the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Since it was an action movie, she had to hire a stuntwoman for the more intensive stunts.
Vic Armstrong was Harrison Ford’s double for the first three films of the Indiana Jones series. The stuntman was not able to return for the next Indiana Jones due to a conflict in schedule, the two of them still had a close bond. Harrison Ford left notes on their photos for his stunt double which said, “Vic — if you learn to talk, I’m in deep trouble” and “We’ve got to stop meeting like this — best to a great stuntman.”
Anne Hathaway, an award-winning actress, was best known for her roles in Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada, Love & Other Drugs, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Princess Diaries. There was no doubt about her talent as an actress but even the most skilled woman still needed stunt doubles. For her part as Catwoman, the actress had a stuntwoman who performed the combat and motorcycle scenes.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was the star of the Back to the Future trilogy, a 1980s sci-fi classic. In the movie, he ran into his past and future self. But that was not what was happening in the photo. It was Fox with his body doubles Keven Holloway and Robert Bennett. The one on the far right of the photo was Charlie Croughwell who played the role of Marty in some parts of the film which required risky stunt work. This included the skateboard scenes. Back to the Future was also Croughwell’s first gig as a stunt double.
Even the hunky Chris Pratt had his stunt double. Tony McFarr started his career as a stuntman on Bones way back in 2011. Tony had been the actor’s regular stunt double since Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Somehow, the duo looked almost identical. They had worked on multiple projects such as Passengers and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Everyone had been jealous of Scarlett Johansson at some point. And this was not only because of her undeniable talent but because she had one of Hollywood’s most sought stuntwoman, Heidi Moneymaker. The stuntwoman had 74 credited stunt roles and she also performed all the major stunts for the actress’s role as the Black Widow in the Avengers franchise. The stuntwoman had also doubled for other actresses like Drew Barrymore, Julianne Moore, and Ruby Rose.
Tom Cruise, an award-winning actor, was seen on the set of Knight and Day with his stunt double. And even though the stuntman was used to perform dangerous and risky stunts, Tom Cruise was well-known for putting effort to play his own stunts in movies. There was one motorcycle scene and it was Tom Cruise who performed that part for the whole time. The actor was an accomplished rider which was why he didn’t think twice about telling the director, “we’ve gotta put a motorcycle in this scene and I’ve gotta flip her [Cameron Diaz] around this thing…
Daniel Craig performed the role of James Bond since taking over for Pierce Brosnan as the world’s most famous secret agent. The British actor played James Bond for five times – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time to Die. Since there were multiple stunts in the franchise, the filmmakers hired Jean-Charles Rousseau to act as Craig’s stunt double. Jean-Charles Rousseau was also known for his stunts in Jason Bourne and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Some people would be surprised once they found out that Mila Kunis, a household favorite actress, had used a stunt woman when she filmed The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, a 2014 comedy-drama film that starred Robin Williams and Peter Dinklage. She needed a stunt double for some water-based scenes. They decided to hire Kachina Dechert, a stuntwoman born from London, who was also known for her stunts in American Hustle, Gotham, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Daniel Radcliffe did not perform all his stunts during the production of the Harry Potter franchise and his stunt double was a former gymnast, David Holmes, for every Harry Potter film. The stuntman was involved in an accident during the filming of Deathly Hallows which left him paralyzed from the waist down. David Holmes said, “it was an amazing experience. I loved it and Dan was an absolute pleasure to work with. The cast and crew were like a second family and I remain in touch with a lot of them to this day.”
Robert De Niro
Rick Avery was a stunt double who was known for his stunts in Horrible Bosses and The Defiant Ones. He was also the stunt double of Robert De Niro for Dirty Grandpa. Rick Avery had garnered years of experience in the field, but he also spent a lot of his time with Robert De Niro. It was not the first time that they worked together. He had been Robert De Niro’s stunt double when he performed for multiple movies such as Grudge Match, Joy, Killing Season, The Comeback Trail, The Intern, and The War with Grandpa.
Even the Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling had Brett Praed as his stunt double for The Nice Guys. However, it seemed that Ryan Gosling also wanted to perform stunts as much as he could while they shot the film. He found out that his stunt double was recovering from an injury he got from Brad Pitt’s war movie, Fury. There was one photo of the partners where they wore matching khaki suits and button-down blue shirts.
Lena Dunham, the creator-writer-star of the HBO series Girls, did not mind appearing for vulnerable or nude moments on cam. However, once it came to terrifying stunts, she usually called for Dakota Brown to fill her in. Dakota Brown was the actress’ stunt double for the whole time the series Girl ran. There was a scene where Lena Dunham’s character had to fall from her boyfriend’s bicycle handlebars, and it was Dakota who performed that part. There was another episode where a car crash took place, and Dakota Brown took care of that one as well.
Gerard Butler, a Scottish actor and film producer, and his stunt double appeared on the set of 2011 thriller Machine Gun Preacher. It was based on a true story about Sam Childers who was an outlaw who underwent a transformation but still chose to save helpless children in the war-filled African country of Sudan. There was one scene where Gerard Butler prepared to shoot a motorcycle sequence with his stunt double. The two look identical that we had to do a double-take to identify who was who.
Melissa McCarthy was one of our Hollywood favorites. She invoked a lot of emotions and could make everyone cry from laughter. She was also fearless and attempted multiple stunts of her own. However, once things turn complicated, her stunt double Luci Romberg would take over. She had worked with Melissa for quite a few films like Identity Theft, Ghostbusters, and The Boss. Luci was also the co-owner of Tempest Freerunning, a parkour lifestyle brand that operated multiple training facilities across Los Angeles.
Colin Firth played the role of a secret agent who could throw down and fight with ease for the 2014 action-spy-comedy movie Kingsman: The Secret Services. She received special training from Rick English, who was also his stunt double. And yet, the British Star still needed some assistance as the scenes were far away from anything Colin Firth had ever done before. Rick also added, “Colin told us he’d done no sports and had no background whatsoever physically but obviously he’s an amazing actor, so he could memorize sequences quickly.”
We already mentioned Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, so in order to complete the set, we included Rupert Grint. After they filmed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Rupert had a serious growth spurt which was why they had to find a double whose height matched the rest. Anthony Knight was hired to play as Grint’s stunt double. Fortunately, the two men only had an inch of height difference which made the process way easier for the directors.
January Jones was an American model and actress that was most famous for her role as Betty Draper for the popular AMC series Mad Men. January Jones also appeared in multiple movies and one of them was X-Men: First Class in Buckinghamshire, the United Kingdom last September 2010. Belinda McGinley dressed almost identical to January Jones and matched her knee-high boots and a hat. Belinda was also a stuntwoman for Everest, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Skyfall.
No one could compare to how the hunky Ryan Reynolds played the character of Deadpool. And even though he did a bunch of his own stunts for these kinds of role, Ryan confessed that he had some bad injuries doing his own stunts and that a couple of vertebrae in his neck broke as a result. It was a bad situation for the actor so he now had four stuntmen with two of them named Alex Kyshkovych and Will Erichson.
During the filming of the hit NBC show Shades of Blue, Jennifer Lopez spent some quality time with her stunt double, Vanessa Vander Pluym. Vanessa played as a stuntwoman for more than a decade and had appeared in quite a few popular tv shows such as Charmed and True Blood. The ladies worked together previously on Lopez’s 2015 thriller, The Boy Next Door. Because of the dynamic between the duo, they decided to continue this path.
Ben Affleck uploaded a selfie with his stunt double, Rich Cetrone, as they filmed Triple Frontier in Hawaii. The duo had similar beard, hairstyle, and shirts which made them look even more identical. Rich Cetrone was skilled in martial arts and had done stunts for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Suicide Squad, and The Accountant. As the caption of their selfie, the 45-year old actor wrote, “Movie #5 with this legend – Rich Cetrone. Grateful to work with such incredible people. #stuntdouble.”
Collateral Beauty, a 2016 drama film, had some parts which required stunt doubles to perform the role for Will Smith. The stunt double eerily looked a lot like the actor. The movie focused on a man who coped up with his daughter’s death by writing letters to death, love, and time. It was unfortunate that the film received numerous negative feedbacks. The one from Rotten Tomatoes stood out the most which claimed, “Well-meaning but fundamentally flawed, Collateral Beauty aims for uplift but collapses in unintentional hilarity.” However, even though the film had lots of critics, it still grossed $31 million in the U.S. and $57.2 million in Canada. Internationally, it grossed a total of $88.2 million.
The audience might have been fooled that it was Lena Headly who did Cersei’s walk of atonement through the streets of King’s Landing but it was her stuntwoman, Rebecca Van Cleave. As they shot the scene, Cleave confessed, “It was one of the scariest, most wonderful, most gratifying experiences I could have imagined. I never in a million years would have thought I would be in Dubrovnik surrounded by hundreds of extras and crew members throwing food at me, but it was amazing.”
Even Gal Gadon who played as the almighty Wonder Woman found some scenes to be challenging. And since the Israeli actress was pregnant during the production of the film, the directors decided to bring in a brave stunt double to play the violent parts. Alicia Vela-Bailey might not pass up for sisters when up close, but she did a wonderful job copying Gal Gadot from behind. Aside from Wonder Woman, Alicia also showed her skills as a stunt double in Avatar, Divergent, Lights Out, and other popular TV shows.
Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen was not alone in wearing the ridiculous outfits for the film The Dictator. Not only did stunt double had to wear the same insane costumes, but they also had to play crazy stunts for Sacha Baron Cohen. The Dictator was a political satire that centered around the heroic story of the dictator who risked his life just to make sure that democracy would never enter the country he enjoyed oppressing. Sacha and his stunt double took a photo where they stood side by side while wearing similar costumes that matched their curly afro.
Harley Quinn was already dangerous so how much more would be two of her. Ingrid Kleinig was the badass stuntwoman who played for Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad. Ingrid was famous for her risky stunts and astounding physical abilities. Ingrid remembered the most challenging stunt he had during Suicide Squad was when she had to figure out how to hold her breath underwater for about five minutes. She also played as a stuntwoman for Ant-Man, Justice League, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the Wasp.
Paul Darnell worked with Robert Pattinson for the award-winning Twilight series as his double. The stunt double performed on Pattinson’s stead not just as a vampire but also for his toles in Remember Me and Water for Elephants. Because of Paul Darnell’s skills, Robert managed to nag the award for the best fight at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. There was just one minor mishap when Robert Pattinson forgot the stunt double’s last name while he thanked him live. Still, Paul Darnell was proud to even be considered for his speech.
Like Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield also had a stunt double as he filmed The Amazing Spider-Man. His stunt double was William Spencer who was accomplished in multiple fields such as being an actor, filmmaker, an internationally known skateboard, and most of all, a stuntman. William was a pro when it came to stunts, movements, and skateboarding. Aside from Andrew Garfield, he also filled I for Project X, Jonah Hex, CSI: NY and The Kids Are Alright. Aside from being a stunt double for famous actors, he also directed and starred in a short movie titled Block Attack which mixed stunts, comedy, and 1980s video game nostalgia.
Taylor Lautner played the role of a vicious werewolf for the Twilight series but during his character for the movie Tracer, he mostly stood on the sidelines. Lautner’s stunt double did all the fight scenes for him. His stunt double could pass off as his twin and shared the same build, haircut, and even facial hair. He was a little tougher than Taylor Lautner. And as the young actor’s double endured strong punches and was even slammed against a car, Taylor Lautner simply enjoyed the scene and was even caught laughing at some parts.
Ian McKellen & His Two Stunt Doubles
Ian McKellen’s formal British title might have given him the privilege to have two stunt doubles, although we could not say this for sure. Thankfully, this was necessary when he played the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings. Basil Clapham played as his riding double while Big Paul acted as the taller version of him to highlight the difference in height between humans and hobbits. True fanatics of the franchise would tell the importance of this seemingly mundane detail.
Keanu Reeves had acted in quite a few action films. Most of these films included serious scenes which surprised a few stunt doubles and not all of them agreed on the next film. However, Jackson Spidell had become a favorite and a friend of Keanu Reeves. In lieu of his creative approach to fighting, a director praised him and said, “A fight scene can’t be just killed, kill, kill…You’re telling a story.” Because of his talents, Jackson Spidell also worked with Chuck Norris and the actor sent his best regards when Jackson’s grandfather died. Jackson Spidell could fall in alleyways, slam into walls, or even plummet through fire escapes. He was indeed a legendary stuntman.
The moment Stuart Wilson came upon a Bruce Willis set, he easily became a part of the team as the crew had noticed him and grabbed the chance. Stuart Wilson had been Bruce Willis’ stunt double for almost a decade. Stuart mentioned in an interview, “I’m the newest guy in his camp and I’m thankful to be there.” And yet, Stuart made a name for himself not just as a stunt double but also as a stunt coordinator and fight choreographer. He didn’t want to limit his abilities to just being a stunt double. Stuart also said, “If you pull off a stunt that’s really dangerous or really technical and it comes out right and everybody loves it, for 20 seconds you’re somebody. And then you go back to obscurity again.”
Shauna Duggins was not only Jennifer Garner’s stuntwoman, co-worker, but she was also one of her close friends. The two were nearly identical and had worked together for multiple years. Shauna Duggins had been Jennifer’s double for the TV series Atlas. She had also been her stunt double for several films like 13 Going On 30, Antman, Arthur, Daredevil, and Elektra. Shauna Duggins was the first stuntwoman who was nominated for an Outstanding Stunt Coordination Emmy. She had now made a name for herself in the world of stunts. She had also doubled for other characters like Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Chloe Sevigny, and Hayley Atwell.
Dark of The Moon, the third installment of the live-action Transformers movie series, was probably the best of them all. This might be the reason why we were not shocked when we found out that McDreamy decided not to risk scarring his good-looking face as he played the role of Dylan Gould. His role was that of a rich car collector and Carly’s employer that was secretly in league with the Decepticons. The film crew hired a double that was a little shorter than Patrick Dempsey but was able to pull off the job.
The comedy film We’re The Millers had everything they could possibly include the movie which is why it was a relief that Jennifer Aniston had a stunt double to step in for him during the outrageous scenes. It was nearly impossible for anyone to match up with Jennifer Anniston’s pretty face and her desirable figure. And yet, when confronted with the possibility of performing risky stunts while in her underwear, the gorgeous actress consented to have a stunt double for a temporary replacement during the “heated” scenes.