Top 10 Obvious Stunt Doubles in Movies

Written by Owen Maxwell Through movie magic, stunt doubles can be hidden seamlessly in plain sight, but when that fails it's pretty obvious, and we can't help but notice! WatchMojo presents the top 10 times we totally saw the stunt double in our favourite films. But what film will take the top spot on our list? Will it be skydiving Jaws in Moonraker, Arnold Schwarzenegger's motorcycle driver in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, of Angelina Jolie's rather obvious male double in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Big thanks to Tommy Carr and Adrian Val Olonan for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Obvious+Stunt+doubles+in+Movies
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Wait, who was that? Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Obvious Stunt Doubles in Movies.

For this list, we’re focusing on stunt doubles that looked so little like the stars they were subbing in for, that they were impossible to miss.

#10: Mild Jumping
“Tremors” (1990)

Who knew that one of the side effects of earthquakes was shape shifting? While the survivors are on the run from the giant worms causing tremors all over town, they have to move from rooftop to rooftop just to stay safe from the subterranean monsters. But between attempts to save their friends and trying to stop the monsters, they need to come down eventually. As Valentine jumps down, the roof beneath him breaks and in his fall Kevin Bacon’s distinct features magically disappear, as we’re treated to a shot of his stuntman’s noticeably softer features.

#9: Breaking Windows
“Blade Runner” (1982)

Even classic movies aren’t safe from a few errors. During the dramatic chase between Deckard and Zhora, neon is glowing and the music is blaring to create one of the most stylish scenes of the film. Just as it looks like Zhora might get away, Deckard pulls out his gun and shoots her, launching her through panes of glass for one of the most memorable scenes in cinema history. But what viewers may also remember is the very clear stunt double rocking what appears to be a Bob Ross wig, as she hurtles her way through the shards of glass.

#8: Forest Run
“Twilight” (2008)

You’ve heard of stunt doubles, but run doubles are definitely a new one. Given all the curious moments in this vampire love story, it was refreshing to see one of the book’s more intense moments brought to life so exhilaratingly, except for one distracting detail. As Edward finally reveals his dark secret to Bella, he throws her on his back and makes a mad dash through the woods, at breakneck speed no less. The speed must have pushed their skin back however, as one of the scene’s cuts shows a piggybacking couple that barely resembles Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

#7: Growing Pains
“Elf” (2003)

Will Ferrell wasn’t the only person growing taller than expected in this holiday romp. As Buddy meets his father, he starts to take in his office life, leading to some interesting business tactics. When his father finally scores a meeting with children’s writer Miles Finch, things quickly get heated as Buddy mistakes him for one of Santa’s elves, angering the writer to no end. Quickly turning into an office brawl, Finch doesn’t let the clear size difference stop him from kicking Buddy’s butt, although one kick balanced the scales as the angle reveals someone several feet taller than Peter Dinklage.

#6: Parachuting Double
“Point Break” (1991)

Parachuting is about as dangerous as stunts get, so it always pays to not focus on faces. While undercover in a gang of thieves, Johnny’s forced to put himself in some pretty hazardous situations, but none is more life threatening than the gang’s skydiving session. Bodhi jumps out of the plane, leaving Johnny without a chute, so Johnny doesn’t hesitate to jump out after him, dive-bombing in pursuit. When he finally collides with Bodhi mid-fall, viewers are treated to an extended face shot of Keanu Reeves’ stuntman, making all the clever shooting that preceded it become pretty useless.

#5: Was That a Man?
“The Princess Bride” (1987)

A good stuntman might get more use than you’d ever anticipate. As Westley and Buttercup get a rare moment to talk, their egos get the better of them and they start fighting. Letting their argument get out of hand, Buttercup pushes Westley downhill, and realizing the very real gravity of her actions, goes tumbling after him. In one of the more surprising uses of a double, however, it becomes clear very quickly that Buttercup’s rolling double is a man, who on closer inspection also appears to be standing in for Westley as he bounces his way down.

#4: Boat Explosion
“Face/Off” (1997)

You’d think a movie about face swapping would give a lot more attention to their subject matter. In the climactic finale of this identity-switch thriller, Castor Troy and Sean Archer’s showdown on speedboats has enough bullets and explosions to make Michael Bay blush. Fighting on the same boat, the two quickly stop focusing on driving and find their boat crashing and exploding. While there are many moments in the chase where keen eyes can spot their fill-ins, the crash gives a nice slo-mo focus on the pair, showing two faces clearly different from the iconic actors.

#3: Smaller Jaws
“Moonraker” (1979)

When you name a character after their teeth, people will notice when they’re wrong. When Bond fights a couple of goons on a plane, he gets the upper hand before getting pushed out of the plane by the metal-teethed Jaws for some skydiving action. While Bond fights one goon, face shots reveal Roger Moore’s obvious stand-in before Bond finally defeats the henchman to secure a parachute. As Jaws moves in to attack, the long face shots show some pearly whites, instead of metal munchers, making it unclear why they didn’t at least give the double some metal teeth for his leap of faith.

#2: Gender-Swapped
“Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” (2003)
A good rule for a believable stunt double should be to make sure your actors are the same gender. While Lara Croft may be one of the most badass archaeologists to ever grace a movie screen, some of her craziest antics required some special talent to pull off. When Croft approaches her boating friends, her burly figure is all too noticeable and she shows more serious muscle while doing a few flips on her jet ski. Later in the movie, she base-jumps, and it’s clear that even a good wig and wing-suit aren’t enough to hide the male figure diving in Angelina Jolie’s place.

#1: Motorcycle Chase
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)

The T-1000 isn’t the only one who can change his looks. In the action-filled truck chase from this installment in the killer robot franchise, John Connor is near Death’s door as the shape shifting Terminator tries to run him over. With Arnie’s Terminator coming to the rescue, things start to pick up just as quickly as they get weird. Rounding the truck to save John, Arnie’s face looks markedly different while John seems to be hiding his clear height difference. While one offence was bad enough, the epic explosion that ends the chase gives us one more glimpse of the duo in all their mismatched glory.

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