5 movie scenes where it’s too obvious it’s a stuntman and not the actor
Before we go any further, let’s clarify something about this, the fact that the public can notice a stunt double in a movie isn’t the stuntman’s fault at all, as many of them go out of their way to get the shot right and make it feel authentic. If anything, it’s the responsibility of those casting for the role of a stunt performer to make sure they do everything in their power to find someone who reasonably resembles the stars who are represented. Often this goes off without a hitch and the public is none the wiser. Well, people know a lot of actors don’t do their own stunts, but in the most dangerous scenes, it’s not as obvious that they’ve been replaced by a stunt double. In some scenes, however, it’s a little too obvious that the stuntman has taken over, and on this one, it becomes a little more fun for the public, and sometimes a little more disappointing, because the illusion is fades a bit and people have to understand getting back into the mood by continuing to watch with the knowledge of what they just saw.
Here are a few times in the movies where the stuntman was a little too noticeable.
The forest track that Edward takes Bella in the first movie might be a little blurry for some people, or maybe that’s what they tell themselves, but the two people who perform the stunt nothing like two stars. All it takes is a short pause to notice, or just an observant fan who might notice that the two individuals suddenly don’t look alike anymore. Along with the other reasons why this movie wasn’t so great no matter what the numbers and fans say the whole effect that created the vampires was something that felt like it was given to a production team that had something else on their minds at the time.
Considering the budget of this film, it is not difficult to think that the assembly missed some things since a scene in which Val jumps from the roof we see that it is in fact a double in a rather bad wig. The funny part about this movie is that no one really cared since the point was that it was kind of a schlock horror movie that eventually became a cult classic. But the whole idea of the stunts in this movie was that the camera was usually pulled so far away that no one could tell who it was. This time, it’s fair to say the camera didn’t get a chance to pull away fast enough.
The fact that this film was quite popular when it was first released makes the fact that the stunt doubles were so obvious a bit frustrating. Also, the idea of Sean Archer or Castor Troy pulling off the feats they did without breaking nearly every bone in their body was kind of ridiculous. James Wan is great when it comes to making movies, but some of his ideas tend to come straight from ozone, especially since there was nothing on either characters that indicated they had the type of training or skill that would allow them to do the kinds of things they were seen doing so close to the end of the film.
2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
This is another film in which it was frustrating to be able see stunt double take over from the lead actor, especially during such a great chase scene. There were a lot of technical impossibilities when it came to the chase scene involving the two bikes and the truck, because first of all, the truck and the bike wouldn’t be as mobile after their initial fall. Moreover, the truck would have run down the motorcycle without hesitation if the terminator had decided not to mess with John and finally finish him off. But the moment Arnold’s double started the scene, it became pretty obvious.
Dwayne Johnson tends to use the same stuntman for many of his movies. It was one of his first forays into the world of action, and it was a great movie for its time. During the jungle fight scene, before Johnson returns to the game with his own offensive, fleeing through the trees, thanks to the rebels who found him and Sean William Scott, his stuntman can be seen falling from a tree and hit every branch on its way down. Yeah, in real life there would be broken bones and a possible ER visit in his future, which might mean the local vet should consider where the story took place.
It can’t always be helped, but that’s not the fault of the stunt doubles.