It’s no secret that one of the main reasons audiences love action movies is the insane, gravity-defying, death-defying stunts sprinkled throughout them. Sure, it’s an added bonus when the character is particularly interesting, or there are a few surprising plot twists that the audience didn’t quite anticipate. However, at the end of the day, audiences want to see actors leaping off of skyscrapers, running through flames, plunging into ice cold water, driving cars off cliffs, and more. The bigger and more unbelievable the better!
Now, while audiences may love seeing crazy stunts, actors don't exactly sign up for risking their lives just to entertain audiences for a chase scene. That’s where stunt doubles typically come in. Stunt doubles are individuals trained to perform exactly those insane routines, making it seem as if the star in the film is doing it all themselves. All the guts, none of the glory – but, most stunt doubles are in it because they love the thrill of the job.
However, while a large majority of actors do take advantage of having a stunt double, there are a few determined to do everything themselves. Whether they simply want to give themselves a challenge, or whether they think it’ll benefit their character because it provides more authenticity, they’re willing to dangle off buildings and plunge into simulated danger, all to entertain audiences.
Here are 10 celebrities who are known to do their own stunts.
10 Kristen Stewart
9 Harrison Ford
8 Chloë Grace Moretz
7 Matt Damon
6 Jason Statham
5 Theo James
4 Daniel Craig
3 Angelina Jolie
2 Viggo Mortensen
1 Christian Bale
Everyone knows that Christian Bale takes his roles incredibly seriously, and he has become known for either putting on considerable amounts of weight or shedding crazy pounds in order to get in character for his roles. However, he gets into character by doing more than just transforming his appearance – he also does the majority of his own stunts. While playing Batman in various films, Bale did most of what Gotham’s hero was supposed to do himself – including gravity-defying stunts atop a Hong Kong skyscraper. While he may hand over the most dangerous stunts to his trained stunt double, he definitely likes to get his hands dirty.
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