Hollywood is home to some of the most talented actors on the planet. It’s also a hotbed for special effects, illusions, CGI and camera trickery. So, since not all of these talented actors are real kung-fu fighters, superheroes or heavyweight champions, sometimes they need a little Hollywood magic too. Luckily, that’s where their real hero stunt doubles swoop in to save the day.
For some of these action stars, it’s understandable that they have a daredevil double. For others, it made us question everything. A few even have multiple stunts artists. And when we saw these stars pictured side with their identical stunt twins we were mind blown. Actually, we wanted to know more, as the shapeshifting pairs also make the ultimate power duos. So, let’s scroll through the best double trouble talents in Hollywood.
Margot Robbie’s Dangerous Double
As the actress behind the iconic DC supervillain, Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie proved time and time again that she’s a force to be reckoned with. While she does have a fierce persona, a terrifying allure, and is a great poster girl for absolute chaos; we just assumed she did all those chaotic stunts herself.
As it turns out, Margot Robbie is not as dangerous as we first thought. She has a world-renowned stunt artist, Ingrid Kleinig for the fierce stunts and action-packed scenes. The stunt coordinator also joined forces with Margot in The Legend of Tarzan. Interestingly, Ingrid Kleinig also lent her stunt talents to movies like Ant-Man and The Hobbit franchise.
Andrew Garfield’s Trusty Side-Kick
After Andrew Garfield put on the iconic spider-man suit in The Amazing Spider-Man, he had some big boots to fill. But, when he showed us all his superhero abilities, we all believed he was invincible. Well, actually, some of the most fierce Spidey stunts were handled by his trusty stunt side-kick.
His double is William Spencer, and thankfully, when they were both wearing their iconic Spidey masks, no-one could tell the difference. But now that they are pictured side-by-side, they look like long lost brothers. Andrew’s alter ego William Spencer is a renowned skater as well as a stunt double and continued to be Andrew’s side-kick throughout the Amazing Spider-Man series.
Zoe Saldana’s Fiesty Avenger
Zoe Saldana played the feisty Gamora in The Avengers series and she impressed us with her bold moves. However, while she does have talent, Zoe received a little reinforcement from this Hollywood stunt legend. And when they pose side-by-side, the resemblance is uncanny!
Her stunt artist is Bethany Levy. And understandably, the pair seem tight. Bethany also lent her stunt abilities to Zoe in Death at a Funeral and Star Trek Into The Darkness. Zoe is also no stranger to the Comic Universe, as she also worked on numerous hits like Ant-Man and the Wasp, Supergirl, and Birds of Prey.
Chris Hemsworth’s Own God of Thunder
Compared to the average person, Chris Hemsworth already has a pretty god-like physique, just like his alter-ego, Thor. So it must take a lot of effort to bulk up and be his body double. It’s practically a full-time job in itself. Luckily, Bobby Holland Hanton proved to us all he was up to the challenge.
Bobby bulked up to be Chris’s stunt daredevil in two Thor movies and a series of Avenger’s films. He also took on the challenge in Hemsworth’s other roles like In The Heart of the Sea. While he fooled us all, Bobby did admit “Thor is the most difficult character that we have to get in shape for. Chris is already huge. So I have to train twice a day.”
Brie Larson’s Twinsie
Brie Larson is another superheroine that wowed us with her adrenaline-fueled fight scenes in Captain Marvel. So when she shared this candid photo next to her risk-taking stunt double, Joanna Bennett; we were blown away. They make an adorable fierce and twinning team.
The cutest part about the whole thing is that when Brie accepted an MTV Award for Best Fight, she shared the spotlight with Joanna and her other stunt double, Bethany. You see, Brie Carson really is all about girl power. She gushed how “These are the women that trained me and were also the stunt doubles for Captain Marvel. I could not have made this film without them.”
Ronda Rousey’s Fearless Double
Ronda Rousey is a Championship Pro Wrestler and Mixed Martial Arts Artist, as well as being a great actress. She also has a fearless, tough girl persona in the Furious 7. In the movie, she wowed us all with some risky fight sequences with Michelle Rodriguez.
So, we were stumped to discover that sometimes even Ronda needs another fighter to lean on. If you thought Ronda was tough, you definitely wouldn’t want to square up with her fearsome body double, Caitlin Dechelle. The seasoned stunt artist also proved her might on other movies like Wonder Woman.
Amy Schumer’s Homegirl
Amy Schumer conquered Hollywood with her self-deprecating, and relatable comedy style. After making it as a stand-up comedian, she’s now better known for her romantic comedy hits like Trainwreck. So we were confused and surprised to discover that even a comedy star needs a stunt artist.
When Amy starred in the rom-com hit, I Feel Pretty, she showed us all how glamorous life could be after a head injury. Although it wasn’t dangerous, there were a few action scenes. So luckily, Amy was saved by her stunt double, Meredith Richardson. She even gave a shoutout to her homegirl on Instagram saying, “2nd movie with Meredith and couldn’t love her more!”
Ryan Reynold’s Bodyguard
Ryan Reynolds is no stranger to action and has filmed some elaborate and thrilling sequences throughout his movie career. He impressed us all in superhero hits like Deadpool and The Green Lantern. Still, there are some movie action sequences that he needs to hire another superhero for. Or at least a bodyguard.
When he was shooting the movie The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, he needed to hire his own bodyguard in the form of Jonny James. They seemed to have developed a bromance too. The stunt double had nothing but love for Reynolds. Jonny said, “being a stuntman for him is a pleasure, he moves well and picks up fight choreography quickly too.”
It’s always fun seeing the cast members of Game of Thrones aka GOT behind the scenes. And we have to admit, the show is full of epic action-sequences and pulse-racing plots. So we totally understand why the characters have stunt doubles. But sometimes photos like these are enough to make you question reality.
In 2016, Faye Marsay shared this candid image of her stunt twin, Casey Michaels. Faye was careful to give props to her too. She captioned the image, “So much credit…to my amazing stunt double on GOT.” Interestingly, Casey Michaels is from a family of stunt performers, and she has lent her stunt talents to other Hollywood icons like Scarlett Johansson too.
Jean Claude Van Damme’s Spitting Image
Jean Claude Van Damme is just as famous for his muscles, might, and fighting agility as he is for his acting talents. While he impressed us in a string of action hits like Streetfighter, he probably wouldn’t have been so powerful without his trusted stunt double, and close pal.
His stunt hero, Todd Senofone is a man of many talents. He has also made a name for himself as an actor and athlete, as well as being a stuntman. He first started working with Jean-Claude in 1994 on the set of Sudden Death, and then became his main double. He has now worked with Jean-Claude on over 11 movies and it looks like they’ll be pals for life.
Karen Gillian’s Triple Threat
The internet freaked out when Karen Gillian rocked onto the set of Jumanji, for a few reasons. The first was she was about to star in the reboot of the 1995 Jumanji classic, and everyone had something to say about it. There was also a fan frenzy about her revealing costume choice for a “family film.”
Still, it turns out she wasn’t the only one to rock those iconic shorts. Karen was given a helping hand by her trusted stunt doubles, Jahnel Curfman and Emily Browning. When she posted this photo, fans went equally as wild. Karen assured us all that there were “Three Martha’s ready to kick some a** in the jungle.” And we’re sure everyone couldn’t wait to tune in to the action!
Jason Momoa’s Aquatic Doppelganger
When Jason Momoa slipped into the iconic gold superhero costume in the DC Comic blockbuster, Aquaman; he sent shockwaves through Hollywood. The aquatic superhero really jacked up for the part. He also impressed us all with some pretty elaborate action sequences.
We were relieved to hear Jason say, “I definitely do a lot of my stunts.” Still, even superheroes need a right-hand man. Jason disclosed how “there are so many stunts in this that we had to constantly be prepping.” So he not only had one doppelganger but “two stunt doubles,” Ryan Tarren and Kim Fardy. What’s more, the movie was so action-packed, the doubles were “constantly working.”
Rebel Wilson’s Slapstick Stunt Twin
Rebel Wilson is a slapstick comedy pro and has been known to get herself into some absurd and hilarious physical situations for the sake of entertainment. Still, when she filmed Isn’t It Romantic in NYC, she needed a little help for some of the more dangerous comedy scenes.
In one part, Rebel is knocked down to the ground by a Halal food cart. While this was all for comedy effect, Rebel couldn’t take any chances. So she had the fortune of working with stunt doubles for scenes like this. She also developed a rapport with them and later posted on Instagram, “‘Love to my stand-in Anastasia & stunt-y Meredith…for sweating with me on Isn’t It Romantic.”
Hugh Jackman’s Real Life Action-Hero
Hugh Jackman has become synonymous with action, after starring as Wolverine in the X-Men film series. He even holds a world record for the “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero.” So evidently, he endures a grueling workout schedule to beef up for these roles. Still, even Wolverine needs a little support. And the story of Hugh’s trusted stunt double is equally as impressive.
Hugh’s stunt twin, Eddie Davenport has been hailed as a “real-life superhero.” Growing up, Eddie was bullied for his size. Still, he dreamed of becoming to be an action star. So, he dived into a new workout regimen and overhauled his diet. He then landed his big break as Hugh Jackman’s clone in Real Steel. From there, his career has gone from strength to strength.
Gal Gadot’s Stunt Wonderwoman
Gal Gadot has made a name for herself in Hollywood as everybody’s fearless Wonderwoman. Having trained in the military, Gal has often opted to do her own stunts. In The Fast and The Furious, she was adamant about doing “all the stunts herself…” and “went crazy with the action moves.” Still, even Gal needs someone to save the day sometimes.
When Gal was filming the Keeping Up with The Joneses, some fight scenes were a little too action-packed, even for her. So she was given a little boost by her superhero stunt double, Alicia Vela Bailey. Alicia has established herself as an “inspirational and diverse action” sensation, so we couldn’t think of a more appropriate double for Wonderwoman herself.
Grant Gustin’s Man of Steel
To comic fans, Grant Gustin is widely known as Barry Allen, the red caped-crusader from the iconic CW series The Flash. To his original fans, they might remember him as Sebastian Smythe on the iconic Fox series, Glee. So, now that he can travel at superhuman speeds, you might think that The Flash can handle all his own stunts.
While Grant does make a convincing superhero, of course, he isn’t a real action hero. He also doesn’t really possess otherworldly abilities. So, for the dangerous and thrill-filled scenes, Grant relies on his caped crusading stunt twin, Cody Lauden. The dynamic duo has been working together for a few seasons now, and it’s clear the bromance is real.
Behind the scenes, on the set of Captain Marvel, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re seeing double. Well, this action movie is filled with CGI illusions and camera trickery. Still, the amazing part is that both Brie Larson and her co-star Marilyn Brett have the support from the most famous stunt sisters in the business, The Moneymakers.
The Moneymaker sisters are now seasoned professionals in the stunt game. But it’s not often that they get to grace the same movie sets together. This made it extra iconic when Renae Moneymaker doubled for Brie Lawson, and Heidi Moneymaker stood in for Marilyn Brett in Captain Marvel. The sisters also filmed an epic fight sequence on the train together!
Brad Pitt’s Mini-Me
Brad Pitt is now a veteran actor and has come a long way from his days in as a Hollywood heartthrob, in movies like Thelma and Louise. Nowadays Brad tends to grapple darker, more complex and thrilling roles. And when he rocked onto our screens as the shady character in The Counselor, he certainly got himself into a few dramatic and thrilling scrapes.
While Brad does now have a tough guy persona in Hollywood, even he needs a tougher guy to lean on. And when Brad Pitt posed next to his stunt twin, with his slicked-back hair, goatee, it looked like his mini-me. His stunt twin even shared his trademark bewildered expression, and it’s clear they were both equally bewildered about the next scene.
Scarlett Johansson’s Real Superhero
When Scarlett Johansson took over the mantle in the Black Widow, she convinced us all of her superhuman abilities and physical prowess. Still, she can’t take all the credit. Scarlett was given a little helping hand from one of the most sought-after stunt performers in Hollywood.
The stunt dynamo, Heidi Louise Moneymaker, is a former gymnast. She is widely hailed as one of the greatest stunt artists in the world. Heidi has managed to pull off some of the most intense, dangerous, and precision-timed stunts in Hollywood. Thankfully, Heidi also saved the day for Scarlett in Iron Man 2, The Avengers and Captain America.
When Olivia Munn took over the mantle of Psylocke in X-Men, she took her role pretty seriously. She played an impressive “powerful, lethal character” and insisted on doing some her own stunts. She even trained hard to master the action scenes. Still, while she threw some fierce moves, she didn’t quite master all the stunts herself. She had some help from her professional stunt side-kick, Julia Rekaikyna.
The former soap star, Ben Hardy also made a convincing Archangel in X-Men: Apocolypse. He had to train hard and beef up for some of the action scenes. Some of the action sequences involved spending hours strapped to a harness during filming too. So while he did make a lot of effort, even Ben needed a little support form his stunt pro too.
The Real Matrix
Keanu Reeves took us all on a thrilling ride in Speed, before confusing us all in the mind-bending Matrix franchise. He then continued to make a name for himself as an action star in the thrilling John Wick franchise. Still, this shape-shifting photo of Keanu posing next to his stunt twin looks like we’ve entered a parallel universe, or the real Matrix.
While Keanu does make a point of doing some of his own stunts in John Wick, sometimes he leaves the most dangerous sequences to his double. Interestingly, the movie John Wick was even directed by a stuntman turned movie director, Chad Stahelski. Chad used to be a stunt coordinator for Keanu in The Matrix franchise. So everything really came full circle!
Danny Trejo’s Partner in Crime
Danny Trejo has cemented his status as one of Hollywood’s most fearless action stars. So when he was cast as a ruthless crime lord in Machete, he seemed perfect for the part. The director, Robert Rodriguez even dubbed him as “the Mexican Jean-Claude Van Damme.” With his tough-guy persona, we thought no one could match his fierce image.
That was until we saw him happily posing next to his stunt double in crime, Norman Mora. Norman is another seasoned stunt artist who has worked on movies like Pirates of The Caribbean. While they both look fearless with their costumes and tattoos, we’re happy to see that even stunt doubles can take some time-out from all the action, to chill out and smile on set.
Star Wars Magic
Fans were excited to see the Fleabag star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, morph into a droid in the cult sci-fi franchise, Star Wars. She made a convincing partner in crime for Lando and even exacted her revenge on Hans Solo. However, nothing could prepare fans for this candid photo.
The iconic sci-fi franchise is known for its special effects, action and GGI sequences. But these are usually behind the scenes. When fans saw this snap of Phoebe joking around with her stunt double on the set of Star Wars, it was mind-blowing. Still, it seems stunt doubles are all part of the Star Wars magic.
On the set of X-Men, we’ve become accustomed to seeing double. But this troublesome pair took things to the next level. Actually they are both X-Men stunt artists. On the right is Jesse Flair, who is the stunt coordinator for Nightcrawler.
On the left is the iconic blue mutant, character, dubbed the Beast. In X Men: Apocalypse, the character was reprised by Nicholas Holt. Still, this is actually his fearless stunt double, Mich Todorovic. However, under all that blue paint, who really knows who is who in this movie game anymore!
An Alternate Reality
For seasoned Back to the Future fans, this photo is enough to make us question everything we’ve ever been told. Throughout the time-traveling trilogy, we had to get used to a few surprises, characters meeting in alternate realities and special effects. Still, we still secretly hoped that Marty McFly really could hoverboard across the town square all by himself.
However, this photo captured on the set of Back to the Future Part II really blew us all out of the water. Here we can see Marty McFly, played by Michael J Fox with his three stunt doubles who were the real heroes of the hoverboard scene, namely Kevin Holloway, Robert Bennett, and Charlie Croughwell.
When the award-winning actress, Aphra Williams was cast in the X-Men sequel, Dark Pheonix, she gushed how after so many years of hard work, it was a “dream come true” for her. She also loved the chance she had to play a villain, Jean Grey, for the first time too.
Of course, playing the villain in the X-Men franchise meant that she had to “channel that inner animal” and “do all these sorts of fight scenes, whether it’s being shot up or having to do “Superman” punches and things.” Thankfully, she had the help of her stunt double, Salmon Arm, who owns a martial arts studio. Still, sometimes even stunt doubles can’t hire a double to prevent injuries!
Captain Double Trouble
Just when we thought there was no one in the world quite like Jack Sparrow, it turns out we were wrong. Throughout the Pirates of the Carribean franchise, we got used to the legendary Pirate, Jack Sparrow, and his quirky ways, unique catchphrases, and adventurous exploits.
While Jack Sparrow is still adventurous and quirky, it turns out that the legendary actor behind the Pirate facade, Johnny Depp needed a little helping hand from his crew sometimes. So thankfully, he found it from his long-lost twin and stunt-double, Tony Angelotti.
J-Lo Keeps it Real
The Latino songstress, actress, and all-round superwoman, Jennifer Lopez may seem to be unstoppable in life. At the age of 50, she pulled off some impressive dance moves on the set of Hustlers. Still, even Jenny from the Block is not afraid to ask for a little help every once in a while.
When J-Lo was filming the scenes for the police drama, Shades of Blue, she played a corrupt cop called Harlee Santos. Fans were amazed at how down-to-earth she looked for the role. While J-Lo was happy to keep it real and train for the role, her doppelganger, Vanessa Vander Pluym was there to save the day in some of the action-packed fight scenes.
Is it a Bird or Is it a Plane…
When Melissa Benoist took over the mantle of Supergirl in the CW Supergirl TV series, she took her role pretty seriously. She knew she had big boots to fill, both performance-wise and physically. So she had to learn how to punch, step-up her workouts and learn how to fly on wires.
As part of her intense training for the role, Melissa had to incorporate “some boxing, strength training, and a lot of core work.” She also did “plyometrics, which is like jump training.” While we have to give her kudos for her doing some of her own stunts, even Melissa is not really a supergirl, so she had the advantage of her stunt twin, Shauna Duggins by her side.
Will Smith’s Legendary Side-Kick
After Will Smith started out as a comedy sitcom star on The Fresh Prince of Belair, he then impressed us all as he forayed into the world of action. With countless cop dramas and action movies under his belt, he must have saved the world and fought crime more times than we could remember.
As it turns out, even action heroes like Will has a little help to save the day. Will first started working with his double, Randolph Le Roi on the set of Bad Boys in 1995 and the adorable duo hit it off immediately. The besties became the best partners in crime and have teamed up for dozens of movies together, including I am Legend.
A Double for Social Awkwardness
Netflix were quick to explore the topics of intimacy and embarrassing highschool moments in their coming-of-age comedy, Sex Education. In the series, Asa Butterfield landed the role of a socially awkward high school student who was quite naive about everything.
While the premise for the series might not sound very action-like, it seems that even Asa had to enlist the help of a stunt twin for some of the scenes. So thankfully, the stunt performer and contortionist, Felix Leech was there to be by his side for any action-packed or socially awkward shenanigans.
There’s Something About Megan
When the Hollywood bombshell, Megan Fox landed the role in the reboot of the animated 90s flick, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, she made a few headlines. Some even declared that the action movie was no longer about four crime-fighting turtles, it was “all about Megan Fox.”
While Megan definitely made an impression, when these photos were released by the press of Megan hanging with her equally stunning stunt double, it almost broke the internet. Some even compared her stunt twin to Penelope Cruz. We now know her twin was actually Maria Papathanasiou, who is a Greek-American model, actress and all-round action star herself.
Even Stranger Things
When Millie Bobby Brown landed the role of Eleven in the science fiction horror series, Stranger Things, she knew she might be in for some strange surprises. The award-winning Netflix drama revolves around a small Indiana town in 1983, and the plot involves plenty of unexplained events and mysterious occurrences.
Millie recalled how some scenes were pretty intense, including one where she had to repeatedly spin backward in a harness. While she did prove to be a good sport, luckily she had a little help. She shared this sweet snap of herself and her stunt coordinator, Tori Worley, and they make an adorable action team.
Hollywood heavyweight, Christian Slater has taken on a few action-packed and thrilling roles in his time. But he was more than happy for the chance to star as the detective, Jerry Buckheimer, and use his experience to track down missing people, in the ABC series The Forgotten.
Christian recalls how he did have to get in shape for the role, and his training included hiking, hitting the gym and karate. However, even a seasoned actor like Christian needs a little help every once in a while. So thankfully he used his detective skills to track down his stunt twinsie, in the shape of Mark Shaffer for the dangerous scenes.
Cate’s Partner in Super Villain Crime
When Cate Blanchett was cast in the role of the first female super-villain Hella, in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, all eyes were on her. To prepare for the part of the Goddess of Death, Cate hired a fitness instructor, Zocchi and had to endure “hardcore cardio and weights circuit” training.
Cate described her grueling new routine as “horrendous,” but later admitted “it was great. I got fit, I mean properly fit, for the first time” in her life. While Cate did put on a good fight, she had a little help from a veteran stunt artist, Zoe Bell too. The pair made an unstoppable team and Zoe said, “Between the two of us, we’re going to make the baddest Hela there is.”
Gal’s Own Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot proved to be a force to be reckoned when she transformed into the role of Wonder Woman in the DC comic movie franchise. In the movies, the fierce Amazonian princess won over fans with her acting charms and even insisted on doing some of her own stunts.
While Gal Gadot will always be a real Wonder woman in our eyes, sometimes even superheroes need assistance. So, Gal accepted a little help from Christian Bettridge. She even took to social media to pay tribute to her own Wonder Woman whose “always there by my side making sure I’m safe and at the same time taking the punches and getting thrown against walls.”
The Rock’s own Rock
As his reputation now proceeds him, the Hollywood heavyweight known as The Rock has been known to be a real-life gladiator. The beefed-up star is regularly cast in action movies and seems like he has enough muscles to do all his own stunts. However, even The Rock needed to find a double for some of his action scenes. But where did he track down another gladiator?
Well, it seems like being a gladiator runs in the genes. For the last 20 years, The Rock hired his own cousin and long-time friend, Tanoai Reed, to be his stunt artist. Through the years, Tanoai has had to sacrifice a few bones and has to maintain a five-day a week training diet to keep up with the Rock. Still, the pair make an unshakable team and the bromance between the duo is adorable.
The Real Hero of Jumanji
After actress Awkafina, broke out in the movie, Crazy Rich Asians, she soon became hot property in Hollywood. Fans rejoiced as she then headed to the jungle to star in the reboot of Jumanji: The Next Level. Understandably, she had to transform into an action star and pull off some impressive moves for the part.
However, just when we thought she was a Martial arts maestro, she shared this adorable photo with her stunt double Lee Chesley and thanked her “for “making [her] look way cooler than [she] is, being a total inspiration, and making sure [her] crotch harness was adequately fit.” Awkwafina then topped it all off by calling Chesley, “the real hero.”
Tom’s Secret Weapon
When Tom Cruise starred in the action franchise, Mission Impossible, he made headlines and wowed Hollywood because he insisted on doing all his own stunts. He even said that he “thrived on the dangerous scenes,” like jumping across buildings or diving through mountain ranges.
Admittedly we were mind blown, as Tom managed to pull off some gravity-defying missions that we didn’t think were humanly possible. However, we were more mindblown to discover that the action star took a step back every once in a while. We were also glad that Tom found his own secret weapon, a stunt twin for some of the most impossible scenes.
The Real Attack of The Clones
In Star Wars: Episode II Attack of The Clones, it really was a case of life imitating art. When Christopher Lee was cast as Count Dooku, we all followed him as he tried his best to frame the Jedi Order. The veteran actor also famously pulled off an epic fight sequence against Yoda in the movie.
Interestingly, Christopher holds a record for the most sword fights in front of the camera than any other actor. Still, he was also 79-years-old at the time of filming. So although he threw some impressive moves, sometimes even veteran sword fighters need a digital clone to help them out.