A body double’s work is undervalued, and all the recognition usually goes to the well-known actors. Though they often play in dangerous scenes and do the impossible, everyone thinks that the stunts belong to the main characters and the audience adores them for their courage and unmatched cleverness. Unfortunately, that’s not how it all really happens. When a body double substitutes an actor e.g. in a fight scene, the actor usually spends time relaxing in their own trailer.
Jackie Chan is the only actor who almost never used the support of body doubles, and performed most stunts himself. Reportedly, throughout his years of work as an actor, he has broken more bones than all the Hollywood actors put together. That’s why the fact that movie stars prefer to be replaced by professionals in dangerous scenes isn’t surprising at all. Take a look for yourself to find whether their body doubles are similar enough in appearance to successfully replace them in every scene.
1. Emma Watson with understudy, “Harry Potter”
2. Lynda Carter and Jeannie Epper, “Wonder Woman”
3. Johnny Depp and Tony Angelotti, “Pirates Of The Caribbean”