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20+ Understudies Who Live in the Shadow of Their Famous “Originals”

Everyone has probably dreamed of dividing themselves in 2 and delegating all of their hard work to their doppelgänger. Unlike us, celebrities actually have this opportunity. In difficult moments of filming, producers often replace stars with stunt doubles. They are the ones who have to do the riskiest tricks, because, in most cases, they are professional stuntmen and, in contrast to the actors, they know how to perform tricks correctly and safely.

We at Bright Side decided to introduce you to 20+ stunt doubles who help celebrities do their jobs better and who make their lives easier. And in the bonus, you will learn what happens when there is too much of an understudy.

Meet Ella Slack, she is the Queen of England’s stand-in.

For more than 30 years, this woman replaced the Queen at rehearsals of celebrations, and she didn’t receive a dime for her work, because she considered her job very honorable.

Robert Pattinson’s understudy was spotted on the set of the new Batman movie.

Jennifer Lopez and her stunt double on the set of Shades of Blue. This stunt woman replaced the actress in the chase scenes.

Joaquin Phoenix explains to his stunt double the nuances of the role during the filming of Joker.

Grant Gustin, who played Flash in the TV series, rehearsing with his stunt double

Melissa McBride and her stunt double on the set of The Walking Dead

It turns out that in the scenes with Bane, it was not Batman, Christian Bale, but his understudy, Bobby Hunton, who fought with him.

Just have a look at what a cute understudy Margot Robbie has in Birds of Prey.

Chris Hemsworth and his understudy are looking at something on an iPad during the filming of Thor.

This was the last day of filming of this movie.

And here they are on the set of Bad Times at the El Royale.

Will Smith’s stunt double on the set of Collateral Beauty

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s stunt double, Tanoai Reed

The Rock’s understudy is sure that — in order to keep up with the “original,” you need to devote your whole life to this — you need to eat, sleep, lift weights, and lose weight together.

Tom Holland examines his stunt double on the set of Homecoming.

Nathan Jones with Tom Hardy’s stunt double on the set of Mad Max

Wonder Woman’s stunt double performed all the stunts when the actress, Adrianne Palicki, injured her leg on the set.

Tom Hardy with a stunt double on the set of The Revenant

Keanu Reeves has said that, without his stunt double, the scene when John Wick gets hit by a car in the third movie would have put him in the hospital.

Mark Wahlberg with a stunt double on the set of Transformers

And this is what Bruce Willis’s stunt double looked like in the movie RED 2.

Brad Pitt with his stunt double on the set of Once Upon a Time in ...Hollywood

Bonus: Sometimes, stunt doubles end up in the final version of the film.

Maybe you’ve also managed to notice a stunt double in the final version of a film?