Seeing Double: Actors Hanging Out with Their Stunt Doubles
Most actors aren't cool with diving off tall buildings or dodging bullets on a motorcycle — even if it’s all technically fake. Stars make the big bucks, of course, but even those fat paychecks don’t include that kind of hazard pay. Thankfully, stunt doubles have the skills — and daring — to do the job, so the actors don't risk getting hurt.
Stunt doubles are visible to some extent in scenes, so producers do their best to find doubles who look like the actors they impersonate. Sometimes, they look so much like the actors, even the director can get confused. Take a look at some celebrity/stunt double pairs that would make you think you were seeing double if you saw them together off set.
While New Girl wasn't written initially with Zooey Deschanel in mind, the actress made it her own. For seven seasons, the actress won the hearts of viewers as teacher Jessica Day. In 2012, she tied with Amy Poehler for Best Actress in a Comedy Series at the Critics' Choice Television Awards.
Danny Trejo became Hollywood's new tough guy with roles in From Dusk till Dawn and The Devil's Rejects. His most prominent role was Isador "Machete" Cortez, which began in the Spy Kids movies. The character earned two successful spinoff films, including 2013's Machete Kills.
Sebastian Stan's life changed when he agreed to portray Winter Soldier in the MCU. His work in Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned him an MTV Award nomination for Best Fight. The actor will co-star in the forthcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Actress Margot Robbie surprised many with her portrayal of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. After taking the role, she found herself enamored with the character's backstory. She will reprise the role for Birds of Prey and 2021's The Suicide Squad. She is also working on a handful of additional films involving Quinn, including Gotham City Sirens.
Following a slew of minor film roles, Faye Marsay got her big break as Anne Neville in the BBC miniseries The White Queen. The English actress then gained widespread fame as The Waif in the fifth and sixth seasons of Game of Thrones.
Charity Wakefield began her journey as an actress with minor roles in Jane Eyre, Doctors and Sense and Sensibility. In 2012, she landed the role of Marilyn Munster in NBC's Mockingbird Lane, but the Munsters reboot wasn't picked up. Fortunately, she found herself a new show on the network with The Player, which starred Wesley Snipes.
As a kid, David Mazouz got his start in commercials with Kiefer Sutherland. After some hectic auditions, he landed the role of young Bruce Wayne in Gotham. His performance earned him two Saturn Award nominations for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series.
Dar Salim spent years training in New York and London before landing his first acting role in Forsvar. With Exodus: Gods and Kings, he got to act alongside Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul. He recently starred in the Icelandic drama Trapped.
After a hiatus from acting, Rene Russo returned to the big screen as Thor's mother Frigga in the MCU. In 2014, she earned accolades for her performance in the thriller Nightcrawler, which features Jake Gyllenhaal. Russo reunited with Gyllenhaal in the 2019 film Velvet Buzzsaw.
Johnny Depp had no idea his stint in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean would lead to a billion-dollar franchise. The film, which was in development since the early '90s, was nearly shut down due to its rising budget. Despite journalists expecting the film to flop, it earned an impressive $654 million worldwide.
Jay Hernandez got his start portraying Antonio Lopez in the final three seasons of NBC's Hang Time. In 2016, he brought DC Comics character El Diablo to life in 2016's Suicide Squad. In 2018, he landed the title role in CBS's Magnum P.I. reboot.
CCH Pounder has been a mainstay on primetime television with beloved roles on E.R. and The Shield. Her time on both shows earned her two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Currently, the actress can be seen on NCIS: New Orleans.
After Friday Night Lights, Adrianne Palicki landed her next big TV show with ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. On the show, she portrays Barbara "Bobbi" Morse, who is better known as Mockingbird. The actress' work led to a potential spinoff titled Most Wanted, but the show wasn't picked up by the network.
Melissa McCarthy took over the TV screen with performances in Gilmore Girls and Mike and Molly. It wasn’t long until the Illinois native delivered box office hits such as The Boss and Spy. McCarthy has earned five People's Choice Awards, including three for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress.
It's hard to imagine Harrison Ford not portraying Indiana Jones, but George Lucas originally rejected the idea of giving him the title role. Lucas didn't want to rely on Ford for his franchises. Tom Selleck landed the role, but he left the film for other projects. After some talking, Lucas decided to cast Ford.
With the role of Thor, actor Chris Hemsworth became an international superstar. Aside from teaming with the Avengers, Thor's three solo films have earned big bucks for Marvel Studios. 2017's Thor: Ragnarok made an impressive $854 million worldwide at the box office.
After years of standup comedy, Amy Schumer got her big break with Inside Amy Schumer. The series earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015. The star also found herself on the big screen with starring roles in Trainwreck and I Feel Pretty.
Léa Seydoux nearly ruined her audition for the part of Dr. Madeleine Swann in Spectre. Her first reading resulted in her forgetting lines. Fortunately, she was given another chance to show why she was perfect for the role. Seydoux will reprise the role in No Time to Die.
Swedish actress Dilan Gwyn first got her start in the 2007 short film Workshopen. After heading to the U.S., she landed her first major gig as Yana on Da Vinci's Demons. In 2016, she landed the role of Willa Frost on the drama series Beyond.
Following Parks & Recreation, Chris Pratt was launched into box office fame as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. His work on the Marvel Studios film led to him jumping to the Jurassic World franchise. Following years in front of the camera, Pratt will make his directorial debut in The Tomorrow War.
Mark Wahlberg took the role of Cade Yeager in the Transformers films because of his children. As avid Transformers fans, his four children played minor roles in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The Transformers films also found the actor reuniting with Pain & Gain director Michael Bay.
Jared Padalecki has been a mainstay on The CW since Gilmore Girls. In 2005, he landed his most recognizable role as Sam Winchester in the long-running series Supernatural. The actor has earned two Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi.
Scarlett Johansson was so determined to portray Black Widow that she dyed her hair red before her audition. Her portrayal of the Marvel Comics character boosted her popularity and her paychecks. Sadly, the actress will bid farewell to the character with the film Black Widow.
Daniela Ruah has been a main player on NCIS: Los Angeles since its 2009 debut. In fact, the actress, who plays Kensi Marie Blye, is one of three stars to appear in every single episode. Before her casting, the character's name was originally Kensi Lo.
As an actor, Michael Douglas has earned accolades for his work on Wall Street, Behind the Candelabra and Fatal Attraction. As a producer, he won the Oscar for Best Picture with his work on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In 2018, Douglas earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2001, English actor Tom Hardy hit the ground running with supporting roles in Band of Brothers and Black Hawk Down. In 2012, he turned into the iconic villain, Bane, in The Dark Knight Rises. His work in The Revenant earned him his first Oscar nomination.
Jennifer Garner became a household name with the action thriller Alias. The actress had to audition for the role of Sydney Bristow five times before landing it. Garner's performance earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.
Carla Gugino became a box office star with her role as Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids franchise. She continued dominating theaters with performances in Sin City, Watchmen and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. With 2015's San Andreas, Gugino reunited with her Race to Witch Mountain co-star, The Rock.
For many comic book fans, no one else can play Wolverine better than Hugh Jackman, but he wasn't the first choice for the character. Russell Crowe was offered the part, but he suggested Jackman for it instead. Outside of X-Men, Jackman has won two Tony Awards and one Emmy.
The Rock took his infinite charisma from the wrestling ring to the big screen with 2001's The Mummy Returns. The former professional wrestler has since become the biggest name in Hollywood. The star will continue his momentum with upcoming roles in San Andreas 2 and Black Adam.