Many celebrities today choose to have stunt doubles to complete the more intense scenes for them, especially in high action and thriller films. It’s true what they say, no one can do everything alone and that is certainly the case in most superhero movies. Even with all their training and preparation for each film, there is just no way some actors are able to leap from burning buildings or jump kick someone to their doom. That is why there are professionals who are paid to do so and actually make a living out of it.
It’s actually kinda sad if you think about it, some of the most classic fight or action scenes of all time are not even the main actor performing in them. While it definitely isn’t anything to be ashamed of that not all celebrities can perform their own stunts, it does ruin the illusion that their character is played by one person and one person only.
How are they able to create this illusion and leave us all so astounded and unknowing? They find stunt doubles that look so similar to them, you can’t tell the difference between the two. Think about it, you probably didn’t realize that Batman is definitely not always the same actor saving the world and performing such insane moves. That’s the magic of special effects, makeup, and costumes.
From relatives to doppelgängers, it really is incredible how identical Hollywood can make two people seem. Sometimes they even look like twins and spend so much time together that they start to make the same facial expressions.
Speaking of spending a lot of time together, many of these celebrity stunt doubles even end up befriending the person they are doubling. It makes sense in a way because even with the large amount of people that are always around, a movie set probably gets lonely. Why not become besties with the person who was literally hired to be just like you?
We’ve mentioned action movies, but there are also comedies and drama flicks that can require stunt people. This can be in scenes where someone gets hit by a car or just because the actor or actress is simply too young to perform their own stunts. Either way, it’s not just Marvel characters who require someone to do their tricks for them. Sometimes even artists need someone to back them up because their music videos get just a bit too intense.
In the end, no one notices when the star steps out and the stunt person steps in, but some really do look so alike it can turn into a guessing game of who’s who.