Welcome to the world of Hollywood action packed movies, filled with stunts and actions, to make movies captivating for your viewing pleasure.
How do actors and actresses interpret roles with high risk stunts? The answer is simple. A Stunt Double.
A Stunt Double is a cross between a body double and a stunt performer, specifically a skilled replacement used for dangerous film or video sequences, such as jumping out of a building or from vehicle to vehicle, and for other sophisticated stunts (especially fight scenes). Stunt doubles may be used in cases where an actor’s physical condition or age precludes much activity, or when an actor is contractually prohibited from taking certain risks.
Stunt doubles are a used in most scenes without the audience even noticing. If you’ve never noticed, I bet after this post, you’ll go back to some movies and observe closely. Although some people are known to have performed their own stunts, for example the legendary Jackie Chan. But for great actors who do not want to disappoint their fans, they utilize the assistance of a stunt double.
Stunt double’s have a degree of facial resemblance with the main actors, in other to complete the illusion that it is the actor performing these actions and most times from our end of the screen, we can barely tell.
Although, some stunt double’s are picked not because they have facial resemblance, but because they have similar body build,same height and skin tone with the main actors. If you were wondering why you never noticed, it’s best we summon the make up crew. You’ll agree with me that the application of makeup can do and undo.
To pass as a double, the wardrobe has to be top notch. Matching clothes with hairstyles. Sometimes, an actor can have multiple doubles for several scenes. Be it a fight scene, driving scene or sex scene or to depict certain attributes which the main actors is suited for. A double stands in for it.
Behind The Scene
A typical technique used is to film the stunt double looking enigmatically like the actor, and afterward a quick toss in shot with the genuine character is done completing the move of his double. If done seamlessly, there will be a perfect blend. Another reason as to why we don’t notice is because the doubles are usually shot on wide range visuals.
5 stunt double in movies
1. Now You See Me
Anthony Molinari subbed in for Mark Ruffaloas when needed.
2. The Matrix
Chad Stahelski subbed for Keanu Reeves during the stunts.
3. Guardians Of The Galaxy
Dave Bautista had a double for the movie, Rob de Groot.
4. Mad Max
Tom Hardy had Jacob Tomuri acts as his stunt double for this epic blockbuster.
5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Luke Scott acted as the stunt double for Taron Egerton, performing the stunts undetected.
Thank God is Friday #Tgif#, if you are inquisitive, you can watch these movies and see if your investigative eye is up for the challenge to detect this doubles or not. Double double is a case of the more you look, the less you see.