Have you watched the Avengers? What a silly question, isn’t it? Who might not have completed all the series in the blink of an eye? After all, it was such a mind-blowing sci-fi movie. Hold on! If you are hooting and whistling and jumping over your couch watching your action heroes perform those fantastic stunts, you might as well want to change your mind. That’s because it is not merely your favourite stars who deserve your claps and praise. The real heroes are sometimes those who stay away from the limelight and prefer standing behind the lenses. This article is just another tribute to all the dedicated stunt doubles who go unnoticed, in spite of all the effort they put into their work.
Not all actors are adventure freaks who would want to risk their lives just for a movie shot. Some still prefer to put their hearts into their work and go ahead by themselves. The real, and not the reel, heroes surrender themselves completely to make the movie seem how it is. It won’t be unfair if we say that their performance is what mesmerises you, letting you drown into the epic scenes.
Let’s acknowledge the efforts of these dupe actors in the images below.
#1 Character: Falcon; Actor: Anthony Mackie, Stunt Double: Aaron Toney
#2 Character: Hulk; Actor: Mark Ruffalo, Stunt Double: Anthony Molinari
#3 Character: Thor; Actor: Chris Hemsworth, Stunt Double: Bobby Holland
#4 Character: Black widow; Actor: Scarlett Johansson, Stunt Double: Heidi Moneymaker
#5 Character: Winter soldier; Actor: Sebastian Stan, Stunt Double: James Young
#6 Character: Captain America; Actor: Chris Evans, Stunt Double: Sam Hargrave
#7 Character: Spiderman; Actor: Andrew Garfield, Stunt Double: William Spencer
Here’s to the Marvel characters apart from the Avengers league.
#1 Character: Gamora; Actor: Zoe Saldana, Stunt Double: Chloe Bruce
#2 Character: Phil Coulson; Actor: Clark Gregg, Stunt Double: Dane Farwell
#3 Character: Nebula; Actor: Karen Gillan, Stunt Double: Kelly Richardson
#4 Character: Loki; Actor: Tom Hiddleston, Stunt Double: Paul Lacovara
#5 Character: Drax; Actor: Dave Bautista, Stunt Double: Rob de Groot
#6 Character: Star-Lord; Actor: Chris Pratt, Stunt Double: Tony McFarr
It would be sad to underrate such heroes with the evil intention of pocketing the money. Here, you need to understand that they do it not for recognition, not for any award or ovation, not for money and fame. Instead, the stunt doubles live their passion with these dicey moves. They earn their happiness discovering themselves over and over again with each dangerous sequence. They make their living through these duping. They are trained professionals; they are aware of all the possible things that can go wrong while shooting so precariously, they know that probably it would be the last time to give their best.
A stunt doubles life is not easy, my friends. If you sit and talk with them, you’ll know what life is. For life can only be explained by someone who has seen death. And they see it, feel it, sense it every day. They give their par excellence staging, fighting out all the odds that block their paths. The finishing of such a dedicated input is indeed a sight to behold!
No, not everything is a lie. Still, you need a horse sense to acknowledge that face value is nothing compared to the inner beauty, which lies hidden most of the times. Honestly, not all that glitters is gold!