Who doesn’t love going to the movies? There’s something special about going to the theatre, picking out a snack (AKA smuggling one in), and taking a seat in that big, dark room. Characters come to life right before you, almost like magic.
Part of the magic that we don’t see, though, is all of the work that stunt doubles put in. They’re the reason that we have our most action-packed, magic-filled, fantastic scenes in our favorite movies. They’re a huge part of the film, yet we don’t know who they are. Even more than that, stunt doubles put their lives on the line for our viewing pleasure. They deserve some recognition.
Check out these photos of actors with their body doubles so you can finally see the people (or super humans) behind your favorite scenes!
Charlize Theron has had a variety of stunt doubles for different roles. In this photo, she poses with Alicia Vela-Bailey, who was used in the action sequences for a music video Theron was in. The music video for “Crossfire” by Brandon Flowers features Theron/Vela-Bailey fighting sword-wielding masked figures to save the singer. Theron is always perfect in the heroine role, but not without the help of Vela-Bailey.
John Travolta has played a huge range of characters, from the mother of Tracy in Hairspray to Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction. His versatility continues to show in the films like The Forger. Travolta’s stunt double in the film was Nick Loren, who also had a small acting role in it.