Behind The Scenes: Actors And Their Stunt Doubles

New movies are smashing records at the box office every year. Many times, it’s not really the performers doing all the legwork, but a double stunt instead. It’s up to the producers to find someone persuasive to stop putting the actors in dangerous situations.

The stunt doubles might end up looking nothing like the star, but all they need is a similar size, shape, and hairstyle if they’re only seen from behind. Not everybody looks like the actor they’re portraying these stunt doubles here, but you can still see where the similarities lie. Here we go!


1. Penelope Cruz

Monica Cruz and Penelope Cruz looks terribly similar to each other. It’s because they’re sisters. Penelope was pregnant while Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was being filmed. She had Monica double for her during action scenes because of this. Monica did more than just stand in for her sister as well. The actress has acted in films of her own and works in Spain as a dancer.

2. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is known for portraying a wide range of characters, but one of his best-known characters is probably Captain Jack Sparrow. The suave pirate was the star of five Caribbean Pirates movies, all packed with intense action scenes ranging from dramatic sea wars to extravagant escape sequences. Although some of them probably included Depp, much of the legwork probably went to his stunt double, Tony Angelotti. We can picture a man wasting a lot of time on hair and make-up.

3. Dwayne Johnson

You’d probably look at Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson one time and think he doesn’t need a double stunt. The man is a mountain, and any action scenes that came his way could possibly easily be dealt with. No-one behind the scenes, however, wants to risk injuring him, so they make sure that they always have a double on set. Luckily for Johnson, someone he knows pretty well is the guy who stands in for him. It is Tanoai Reed, his nephew! The family resemblance can be seen.

4. Cameron Diaz

There were some pretty intense scenes from Knight and Day that needed body double intervention. Cameron Diaz was replaced with stuntwoman Kimberly Shannon Murphy for the especially difficult scenes, who is Hollywood’s go-to stunt double for massive silver screen actresses. The resume of this lady is full of top box office movies such as The Lone Ranger, Jack Reacher, Oblivion, The Hunger Games, Men in Black 3, Savages, and the list goes on. Here, we spot Cameron Diaz having some fun on the set of her movie Knight and Day in Seville, Spain with her lookalike.

5. Hugh Jackman

You’d be lying if you told us that Hugh Jackman wasn’t totally ripped off as Wolverine, but he needed some assistance when it came to doing his own stunts, even with those shiny abs. That was where Richard Bradshaw, his brother-in-law and professional stuntman, came in. The talents of Bradshaw include car stunts, riding wires, and everything associated with horses. In addition to filling in as the double of his brother-in-law in films such as Van Helsing and X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bradshaw also played the double for Hollywood stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Ted Danson, Hugh Grant, and more.

6. Chris Evans

For Chris Evans and more, Sam Hargrave is more than just a stunt double-such he’s a notable mentor that Men’s Health popped into his training sessions to take notes on his self-developed fitness program. Yeah, he has one, and he made it so he could add directing to his list of talents, which he excels at by being fit enough to keep up with fast-moving performances. “Physical fitness has always been an enormous part of my life, and even more so now,” he says.

7. Scarlett Johansson

Not only is Scarlett Johansson envied for her undeniable talent, but also because she happens to have Heidi Moneymaker, one of the most sought-after stuntwomen in Hollywood. With 74 credited stunt roles so far under her belt, it only makes sense that in the Avengers movies, Moneymaker will perform all the major stunts for Johansson’s role as the Black Widow. Aside from helping out the blonde beauty, for actresses like Julianne Moore, Drew Barrymore, and Ruby Rose, Moneymaker has also doubled.

8. Tom Cruise

Here we have award-winning actor Tom Cruise with his stuntman on the set of Knight and Day. We know — you’re seeing double. But while this guy was used to perform some dangerous stunts in the film, Cruise is actually known for his efforts in films to perform his own stunts. Actually, in the movie, the whole motorcycle chase scene was just Cruise racing through the streets.

9. Gal Gadot

In both films in 2017, this particular double helped Gal Gadot reach international acclaim as Wonder Woman. She worked on some of the most daring stunts and during some of the shooting, she was also pregnant! Vela-Bailey has developed indelible roles as an actress while performing all those stunts. In Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she plays a recurring role as an Inhuman. She has scared viewers in horror thrillers such as The Purge, Hostel 3 and the extremely popular Lights Out.

10. Chris Hemsworth

This must be the most iconic doppelganger. Bobby Holland Hanton regularly works with Chris Hemsworth. Hanton doubled for him in “Thor: The Dark World,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” and in the upcoming “Huntsman” sequel.

11. Brie Larson

She may or may not pick up the Best Hero award, but the acceptance speech by Brie Larson for Best Fight at the MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019 was most definitely heroic. Joanna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker played stunt double for Brie Larson in Captain Marvel.

12. Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield & his stunt double William Spencer adjusting their mask. We never expected there will be a stuntman for Andrew. The Amazing Spider-Man is one of the most successful Super Hero films in Hollywood.

13. Ryan Reynolds

His stunt double was according to Ryan himself, a Ukrainian man named Alex. He’s talking about him and the injuries that the guy sustained doing things that Ryan just couldn’t handle, starting in the video below of his Opie and Jim Norton radio show interview at 11 minutes 54 seconds.

14. Margot Robbie

Ingrid Kleinig does many things: apart from being a film aficionado and a talented racing driver she is also Margot Robbie’s stunt double.

15. Megan Fox

In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), when you are drooling over Megan Fox, a portion of the drool should be reserved for Stacey Carino, who did a lot of the legwork as Fox’s stunt double. The former fifth-grade science teacher has dropped down more staircases in her six-year career than you have climbed, and has worked on films as diverse as Bruce Almighty, The Jane Austen Book Club, and the forthcoming Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton.

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