Stunt doubles are the unheralded heroes of action films. While actors perform the monologues and the close-ups, their million-dollar limbs are too expensive to risk injury to. For that very reason, we have the courageous and the risk takers, the stand-ins used to perform daring stunts and action sequences in place of the actors.
The earliest stunt performers came into film in the early days, somewhere between 1903 to 1908. It's debatable, but it's likely that the first ever stunt double was used in The Great Train Robbery in 1903. We know for sure that a stunt double was paid to jump off a cliff into the sea in the 1908 film, The Count of Monte Cristo. Ever since then, stunt doubles have been a mainstay in the industry, taking the falls and the hurts for people with bigger names and bigger bank accounts, while rarely seeking any credit.
With today's savvy audiences, films can no longer just have anyone perform a stunt. Not only do the costumes need to be identical, the stunt double needs to look like the actor as well. Since cameras these days show us even the fine details of an actor's pores, a bad stunt double will look ridiculous and will not help the film stand the test of time. That's why you see stunt doubles who are basically twins to the actors nowadays. The 20 examples on this list not only look like the actors they double for, they move like them; they have the same demeanor and gait in many cases. You'll still find the odd movie that has an awfully identifiable stunt double, but the best of the best will make you wonder if the actor performed the stunts themselves. The short answer if you're wondering, is no, they probably didn't, unless the movie is starring Jackie Chan, then yes. Here are 20 stunt doubles who look identical to the actors.
20 Kate Beckinsale and Stunt Double
19 Chris Hemsworth and Stunt Double
18 Anne Hathaway and Stunt Double
17 Gerard Butler and Stunt Double
16 Dwayne Johnson and Stunt Double
15 Harrison Ford and Stunt Double
14 Taylor Lautner and Stunt Double
13 Megan Fox and Stunt Double
12 Carrie Fisher and Stunt Double
11 Johnny Depp and Stunt Double
10 Jennifer Lopez and Stunt Double
9 Daniel Craig and Stunt Double
8 Shia LaBeouf and Stunt Double
7 Mark Ruffalo and Stunt Double
6 Christian Slater and Stunt Double
5 Tom Hardy and Stunt Double Jacob Tomuri
4 Emilia Clarke and Stunt Double
3 Robert De Niro and Stunt Double
2 Natalie Portman and Stunt Double
1 Mark Wahlberg and Stunt Double
Which one is Mark Wahlberg? Seriously. It's probably the one on the left, but you have to admit, they are a spitting image of each other. It's true, from the front they don't look as close as they do from the side, but what stunt double is getting up-front close ups? If the camera was on the side of the double during an action shot, it would be virtually impossible to know if it's Wahlberg or if it's his body double. Flabbergasting.
Sources: Suggest; TwistedSifter; BoredPanda
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