Two Is Better Than One: 45 Charming Photos Of Hollywood Actors With Their Stunt DoublesBy Aakash M
When we watch a movie or a TV show, we only see the end result of a massive production that requires more people to produce than we can even fathom. Even though we only see the actors’ faces that we’re familiar with, they’re just a small part of a vast orchestra that needs all of its members to perform in order to harmonize.
This huge system also consists of directors, producers, choreographers, makeup artists, camera crews, and many other people. One small but essential player of this complex system that works closely with actors is their stunt doubles. They are the ones pulling off all the life-risking stunts that make you go, “Woah, how did they do that!?” And today, we are finally celebrating them.
But, some celebrities are bringing their stunt doubles into the limelight by posting pictures with their stunt doubles. And we have to say, it’s about time they’re recognized! So, here are some fantastic photos of Hollywood actors with their stunt doubles!
A stunt double doesn’t really need to look exactly like the actor they’re performing the stunts for. That could be the case for other actors, but that’s definitely not the case for Joe Manganiello. Him and his stunt double look like twins.
Now that you’ve looked at this image, can you tell the two apart? Let us make it easy for you. If you aren’t familiar with Joe, or even if you aren’t used to seeing the clean-shaven actor in a beard, Joe’s the guy on the right!
Sir Ian McKellen is famous for playing the lead role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings movies. However, here’s an interesting thing about the actors in these movies. The main actors always needed more than one stunt double for various reasons!
For those who don’t know which one is McKellen, he’s the one standing in the middle. The guy on the left is his stunt double for all the fight scenes. The guy on the right is his size double, who filled in for the scenes when Gandalf interacted with dwarfs and hobbits to make him look tall.
Producers always have the stunt doubles sport wigs and outfits similar to the actor they’re filling in for so they look just like them. But, high-budget movies have various methods to ensure that their stunt doubles look like the actor’s twins.
For instance, when Zoe Saldana started playing the role of Gamora in Marvel movies, she needed multiple stunt doubles. Her character had many action scenes, so she scored two stunt doubles, and they all looked eerily similar when they wore the masks.
Cobie Smulders is known for playing the role of Robin in the hit show How I Met Your Mother. But, she’s also a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as she joined the cast of the Marvel show SHIELD. Do you notice how her stunt double looks just like her!?
Although her role as Robin didn’t include many stunts, her role in SHIELD has a plethora of action scenes. So, she has a permanent stunt double instead of having various look-alikes. From the image, we can tell that they get along well!
When you look at the image below, doesn’t it look like you are looking at the mirrored image of the same guy? Although it feels like it, that’s not the situation. In reality, it’s just an image of Ken Stott and his stunt double from the set of Lord of the Rings.
Also, it was easy for the producers to cast a stunt double for Ken Stott. Their only challenge was to find a stunt double of the same height. When they did, they made him wear a wig and a fake beard. The prosthetics team also helped make special nose prosthetics for both of them!
The stunt doubles of Zoe Saldana and Ken Stott had to use prosthetics to look like the actors. But, Reese Witherspoon and her body double didn’t need prosthetics for it. As you can see in the image, they look weirdly similar.
Witherspoon isn’t really famous for portraying action roles, but she always counts on Marilee Presley, her long-time body double. They have been working together for almost 20 years now, and they are pretty good friends outside of her career as well!
Are there any The Office fans in the house? If you have seen the hit show, you must know that there aren’t many action scenes in it. But, there were some scenes that required the help of stunt doubles. It didn’t stop Jenna Fisher from thanking her lookalike.
In one episode of The Office, the characters were having a picnic, and there was a lot happening in this scene. Unfortunately, Jenna couldn’t be a part of those scenes because of an injury, and that’s when her stunt double-stepped in!
Jim Carrey is one of the greatest actors of all time. He’s what you call a GOAT. His movies from the 90s and 2000s are a treasure! One of his best roles is that of Ace Ventura. The movie had many scenes that Carrey couldn’t do by himself, so he needed a little assistance.
His stunt double isn’t just handsome like him, but he’s also pretty skilled. Maybe that’s why Jim Carrey couldn’t decline to click a photo with the stunt double. Although they don’t look alike, you can’t tell by watching the movie that a stunt double was present.
While watching action movies, or any movies for that reason, we never realize that there are stunt doubles involved. But, we do know one thing, which is that the actors can’t risk having an injury. If they get hurt, it could hinder the production schedule.
Harrison Ford has seemingly brought many iconic characters to life, like Indiana Jones. His character was involved in many action scenes in the Indiana Jones movies. So, Ford didn’t have one but two stunt doubles to help him get through them.
Casting directors can easily find a stunt double, but there are times when they can’t find one that looks like the actor. But, we’re in 2022, and technology largely helps casting directors make do with any stunt double as long as the physique is similar.
As you can see in this image, Sebastian Stan’s stunt double does not look like him in the face, but their physique is close. So, when costume designers put them in similar outfits, they can easily shoot their scenes, and the editing guys take care of the rest.
Have you watched the Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Ellie Kemper plays Kimmy Schmidt in the sitcom, and the show is simply hilarious. She needed a stunt double in certain scenes. To be precise, she had two stunt doubles.
Honestly, the show didn’t have that many action scenes, yet, she had two body doubles. These body doubles were necessary for the scenes where Kimm Schmidt had to start tripping while on her feet. They all look so identical!
Gal Gadot is the Wonder Woman of Hollywood. She needs no introduction, as she’s one of the leading actresses in many huge action movies. Since she’s an action star, she needs stunt doubles for these intense scenes. This photo is from the production Wonder Woman.
According to the casting directors, finding a body double for Gal Gadot was pretty tricky. She’s tall, 5’10” to be precise, so they had to find a stunt double the same height. Fortunately, they found Christiaan Bettridge, who is the same height and has a similar look!
If you’ve seen Gal Gadot in DC action movies, you must have seen Scarlett Johansson in Marvel action movies. She has been a part of many popular films, even in her early acting days. She achieved global recognition after she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Black Widow.
Because she played the role of Black Widow, she had to be involved in many fighting scenes for all her movies. So, it’s apparent that she’d need a body double for those particular shots. Heidi Moneymaker is her stunt double, as seen in the image above.
Karen Gillan is famous for playing the role of Gamora’s sister in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. But, she has been a part of many massive projects like Jumanji. Jumanji is a hilarious movie that is packed full of action scenes. Here’s a photo of Karen with her stunt doubles.
She plays the role of Ruby Roundhouse in the Jumanji movies, who’s an expert in various martial arts. Karen had two body doubles for the movie. Although they weren’t of the same height, their body types were pretty similar.
Kit Harington is known for playing the lead role of Jon Snow in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He certainly needed a stunt double for shooting particular scenes of the show. There is a lot of violence in the famous series.
Fortunately, he could count on his stunt double for all his action scenes. Because of the long hair, the stunt double had to wear a wig for the action scenes. If not for the wig, the two look almost similar, as if the stunt double is a wax statue of Kit.
Maisie Williams also had a lead role in Game of Thrones. She played the role of Arya Stark, and the character is quite the warrior meaning she’s a part of many fighting scenes for which she needed a stunt double. The producers had to find a really skilled person to fill the part.
Her stunt double, Kristina Baskett, is quite older than Maisie Williams, who’s 25 now. But, the producers decided to cast her because she resembles Maisie, and they can’t cast an underage stunt double to perform the action scenes on Maisie’s behalf.
After her portrayal of American serial killer Aileen Wuornos, Charlize Theron gained global recognition. Her portrayal also won her an Oscar. Today, she’s one of the best action stars in Hollywood. She has been a part of various action movies since then.
This picture is from the set of the movie Atomic Blonde, where Theron is a part of numerous fighting scenes, which were exceptional. It’s obvious that Theron isn’t the one fighting. It’s her body double, Monique Ganderton. They both look awfully similar.
Many people would be surprised to find this out, but even Mr. Olympia and the Terminator (it’s the same person!) needed a body double. Arnold Schwarzenegger is by far one of the biggest Hollywood action stars of all time.
But, he didn’t always perform his stunts. In this image, his stunt double looks like the younger version of Arnold. It’s really difficult to tell who’s who here! Anybody could mistake this actor and his stunt double for a father-son duo.
Tom Hardy plays Venom in the Marvel movie franchise, but he has been a pretty famous action star way before that even happened. So, he needs a stunt double just like other Hollywood action stars. Can you notice how similar both of them look in this image?
Well, their ear shape is a bit different, but if you ignore that, you really won’t be able to tell who’s the actor and who’s the stunt double on camera. So, although they don’t really look like twins, they look amazing, which is the best part.
When producers or directors can’t find a stunt double that looks like the actor, they look for somebody that shares at least some similar characteristics. That’s pretty much what happened when they found a stunt double for Mena Massoud in Aladdin.
It’s evident that Mena Massoud and his stunt double look pretty different. But they have similar height and body types, so that’s a good thing. Also, if you have watched the movie already, you’ll see how Aladdin’s face is often hidden during the stunts.
Hollywood legend Carrie Fisher is loved all over the world for portraying the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars movies. Rumor has it that she was also an amazing human being. You can see her kind eyes in the image below.
As you can see, that’s an image of Carrie with her stunt double on the set of one of the Star Wars movies. They both developed a pretty close friendship while filming the movie. Carrie was a huge star, but she was humble and charming to everybody!
Get ready to have your minds blown after viewing these pics. These are the images of Sophie Turner and her stunt double for the show Game of Thrones. They look so similar that it’s really hard to tell who’s who.
For those who are getting confused, let us clear things up. Sophie Turner is on the left, and her stunt double is the one on the right. Also, doesn’t it look as if it’s a before and after collage of Sophie Turner?
Aquaman had a stunt double as well. Jason Momoa is certainly a big guy with a great build, standing over 1.93m. But, he’s not known only for his physical stature. His hair and beard are unique, so finding a stunt double who matches all those attributes must not have been easy.
Although his stunt double doesn’t exactly have a similar body type, because we can see that Momoa has a bigger build than him, they both look really alike. Also, just in case you gave it a thought, the stunt double’s tattoos are fake.
Having stunt doubles isn’t a recent thing. It goes long back to the good old days of Hollywood. Even then, actors and actresses counted on their stunt doubles. There wasn’t much technology back then, so the actors and the stunt doubles had to look similar.
Gal Gadot is killing it playing Wonder Woman, but Lynda Carter played the role of the Amazonian warrior before Gal Gadot did. Back in the day, the Wonder Woman show used to air on TV, and many people fondly remember it.
Melissa McBride is perhaps a very popular name for those who watch The Walking Dead. She has been on the show from the beginning and is also part of one of the show’s spin-offs. You can infer from the name itself that it has many action scenes.
Almost every actor on the show has a stunt double, just like Melissa McBride. So, in this image, you can see Melissa posing with her body double, and they look pretty similar. We know the one on the left looks like Melissa, but she’s on the right.
For those who are watching or planning to watch Game of Thrones, sorry for the spoilers, but many of their characters meet their fate in disturbing ways. They are always involved in violent battles, so the actors carefully choose their stunt doubles.
Faye Marsay was a part of the show for two seasons, and so was her stunt double. In this image, you can see the actress and her stunt double posing together. Don’t they look like a pair of twins out of a thriller movie?
If you think that stunt doubles are the only type of doubles that exist, you’re wrong. There are size doubles for actors as well. As we mentioned earlier, there are body doubles as well. They all work relatively closely with each other.
A body double is someone whose body is used (not the face) for an actor or actress. They’re mainly used for nudity scenes when the actor doesn’t want to do a nude scene. As you can see in this image, Angela Bassett is posing with her body double.
Since we have come this far, you might have noticed that getting a stunt double isn’t the easiest thing for some actors, and it has a lot to do with their body type. For instance, finding a stunt double for Dwayne Johnson would be a complicated process.
Similarly, it was pretty tricky finding a stunt double for Nicholas Cage, and that has nothing to do with his physique. It had a lot to do with his facial characteristics. Fortunately, Cage’s character wore a helmet during the fight scenes, so they managed accordingly.
As we have mentioned earlier, sometimes, the face of a stunt double won’t resemble that of the actor. But, they need to have a similar body type for them to fool us. So, they only need to wear similar makeup and outfits to match.
By looking at the image, you can tell that Charlotte and her stunt double look pretty different. But, once the stunt double wears a wig and an outfit similar to that of Charlotte’s, they’ll go from looking different to looking like twins!
It is pretty fascinating to see how actors and their stunt doubles develop such amazing friendships while working on a movie together. Well, a huge reason behind that is that they spend a lot of time with each other on the sets.
From this image, we can infer that Ayden and her stunt double Tara Macken were having some fun on set. They were joking while posing for this picture as well! According to the caption, that’s the face a person makes when they see somebody wearing a similar outfit at a party!
Bruce Lee is still one of the biggest names in Hollywood and all of Asia. He’s the guy who changed the way the industry developed action movies. His movies inspired a sea of people to learn martial arts to this day.
Many biopics were made about Bruce Lee, and Mike Moh played him in one of those movies. He played Bruce Lee in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. His stunt double, Bryan Cartago, did an amazing job as his shadow.
Natasha Lyonne is famous for her raspy voice and her vintage clothing style, but there’s much more. She has been a part of various big-time Netflix shows like Orange Is the New Black and Russian Doll. She’s also the producer of Russian Doll.
Again, we apologize for the spoilers, but we need to provide a few for context. So, Lyonne’s character on the show dies multiple times in multiple ways. She’s basically stuck in a loop, and for shooting so many death scenes, she brought in two stunt doubles.
Firstly, it took us time to tell the two apart in this image. Now, some actors prefer working with different stunt performers over the years. But, some of them prefer working with only one stunt double, and Ben Affleck is one of those actors.
Even though Affleck isn’t always involved in a lot of action movies, he works with the same body double for every one of them. They also look really similar, and maybe that’s why he chooses to stick with one guy.
Evan Rachel Wood And Thandiwe Newton
HBO is famous for producing some of the best TV shows of all time, and one of those is Westworld. This show is full of action-packed scenes that are a combination of futuristic and western sets. All in all, lots of action is involved, which means stunt doubles!
Evan Rachel Wood and Thandiwe Newton play the lead characters in the show. They are involved in some gruesome fighting scenes, so they needed stunt doubles for it. From the looks of it, they’re having a great bonding time!
Netflix is releasing many new movies and shows, and they have achieved great success with one of their recent releases, Fear Street. In the movie, Kiana Madeira plays the main role, and her character goes through many measures.
So, it’s practically impossible for Kiana to shoot all the movies without even a single stunt double. So, she had the help of multiple stunt doubles, well, four, to be exact. Also, she spent a lot of quality time with all of them!
Earlier, we talked about how a stunt double doesn’t really need to look like the actor they’re filling in for. Maybe that was important back in the day, but these days, with CGI, you can alter the face of a stunt double to make them look similar.
That’s pretty much what happened with Zachary Levi during the shooting of the DC movie Shazam. His stunt double had a similar physique and height, but their faces weren’t so similar. So, the CGI experts altered things a bit with the help of those black spots.
Tara Macken is one of the top names in the stunt double industry. She has doubled for various actresses like Zoe Kravits, Evan Rachel Wood, and many others, including Aubrey Plaza. Here’s a photo of both of them together.
In this photo, you can pretty much understand why Tara was cast as a stunt double for Aubrey Plaza. They both look so similar. And, yes. The person photobombing these two while they were posing is none other than Zac Efron.
The Space Jam team recently released their second installment, a few years after Michael Jordan’s movie. In it, Cedric Joe played a crucial role, and he also had to perform some basketball moves while shooting the film. That was the role’s demand.
While Joe was performing his own stunts in several scenes, Lucky Davis was there to help him out. Irrespective of his age, Lucky is already a great stunt actor and did a fantastic job doubling for Joe. Don’t they look identical?
It’s okay if some of you assumed that actors don’t interact much with their body doubles, but that’s wrong. They spend a lot of time on their sets with their body doubles, so it’s pretty standard for them to become friends.
Take John Travolta, for instance. His stunt double shared this image online, and you can see the actor and the stuntman working together to plan their next scene. Such things happen pretty commonly on the set. Sometimes, the stuntman is also a stunt choreographer!
When you think of action movies, Dwayne Johnson must be the first name that comes to your mind because he’s one of the biggest action stars! This wrestler-turned-actor is currently leading the action genre in Hollywood! Even though he’s famously called The Rock, he’s still human. So, he does need a body double.
Producers can’t afford Johnson sustaining a stunt-related injury, so it’s only safe that he has a stunt double. Looking at the image, we can say they could easily be mistaken for brothers! Also, it’s incredible how they found a stunt double with a build similar to The Rock!
Clark Gregg is a famous name among Marvel fans since he plays a crucial role in Marvel movies. Considering the number of action scenes in these superhero movies, it is no surprise that he needs a double stunt for those scenes.
What’s interesting to note in this image is that they both look like the same person. Clark posted this image on his official Instagram handle, and from the angle, it’s difficult to tell who’s Clark and who’s the stunt double!
Tom Hardy again
We already saw Tom Hardy with a body double who goes by the name of Jake Tomuri. They have collaborated in movies like Venom. Also, we talked about how the actor and the body double don’t really look that similar to each other.
Earlier, that was the photography angle playing with your brains, making you think they both don’t look so similar. Because, in this image, you can see that they look pretty much like each other! Anyways, they both look handsome!
When you look at Chris Hemsworth, you must get the vibe that this guy doesn’t need a body double. But, having a body double or not has nothing to do with the physical stature of an actor. Almost every action star needs a body double.
Irrespective of how fabulous their physique is, most actors do not have the same level of training and experience in performing stunts as their stunt doubles. Also, they cannot risk getting injured because that could rule them out of the movie or delay it.
These days, CGI and other technology have advanced way more than the time when The Lord of the Rings was released. These days, actors don’t need size doubles as they did earlier because the CGI team can easily edit the face and make things work.
Back in the day, they still needed size doubles for the scenes when Elijah’s character had to interact with the characters that were larger than him in the movie. It’s quite fascinating to see this image of Little Frodo and Big Frodo!
Thanks to the Harry Potter franchise, all movie leads received global recognition. Fans would consistently recognize Emma Watson and the other two leads for their roles. For their action scenes in the movies, they all had stunt doubles.
Emma Watson did too, but it was different since she had three stunt doubles. She played a crucial role in the last few Harry Potter movies, and her character had to go through many shenanigans. So, here’s an image of four Hermiones chilling out.