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18 Actors Who Perform Their Own Stunts

You could also be paying for the identify atop the invoice whenever you sit down to observe an motion blockbuster, however as a rule, it is the stuntmen and girls of Hollywood which might be making these jaw-dropping automotive chases, fights and freefalls come to life.

But not on a regular basis. Sometimes, the actors themselves put themselves in hurt’s approach to make their films look as badass as doable.

Some prepare particularly for a job, whereas others take into account themselves Evil Knievel in addition to a Hollywood star. Here are 18 stars which might be recognized for doing their very own stunts.

Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise attends the European premiere of “Rock Of Ages” at Odeon Leicester Square on June 10, 2012 in London, England.
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One of film’s most enduring motion stars has lengthy insisted that he does his personal stunts, irrespective of how ridiculous or harmful they’re.

Tom Cruise is thought for finishing nearly all of his personal stunts within the Mission: Impossible movies, through which he performs Ethan Hunt—from hanging off the facet of a transferring airplane in Rogue Nation, to studying tips on how to maintain his breath for over six minutes.

One of his most ludicrous stunts got here in 2018’s Fallout, when Cruise actually realized tips on how to fly a helicopter for a scene.

Director Christopher Quarrie instructed The New York Times: “Tom qualified on this helicopter in six weeks. Normally it takes three months; he trained with two crews working 16 hours a day so he could cut his training time in half.

“In some elements of the sequence, Tom’s doing the chasing, and in different elements he is being chased — and we had been at all times pushing for proximity, as a result of that after all offered extra hazard. Tom is weaving out and in of canyons and gullies. There was one the place his rotor blades had been just some toes away from the rock partitions on both facet. It was like flying by a brush closet.(*18*)imageBox” style=””>

Jackie Chan at Karate Kid premiere
Jackie Chan attends the UK Film Premiere of The Karate Kid at Odeon Leicester Square on July 15, 2010 in London, England.
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Another legend within the actor/stuntman recreation, Jackie Chan has completed nearly all of its personal stunts through the years—fairly spectacular when you think about the content material of his movies.

His stunts are choreographed by the Jackie Chan Stunt Team and the damaging nature of a lot of his stunts have made it very troublesome to get his movies insured.


Unsurprising, contemplating through the years he has suffered second diploma burns, dislocated his pelvis, fractured his cranium and damaged many bones.

“I will use stunt doubles if you ask me to ride an F-16 jet fighter, or to jump over a series of hurdles with a crazy horse, or to perform two 720-degree somersaults. But one somersault, I’ll do it myself,” Chan instructed the Associated Press in 2003.

He holds the Guinness World Record for many stunts by a residing actor, however now in his sixties, he has stopped doing all of his personal stunts.

Jeremy Renner

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Jeremy Renner of Marvel Studios’ ‘Hawkeye’ on the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California.
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Hawkeye himself Jeremy Renner is insistent on doing his personal stunts, as he instructed Howard Stern in 2017.

“That’s important,” Renner stated. “You spend so much time and money to try and create a world for people to to go sit down in a chair and watch a movie, you don’t want them to be pulled out of the movie by some guy in a bad wig trying to do the stunt.”

Unfortunately, this will backfire, and his worst damage got here not on a Marvel blockbuster, however whereas filming the comedy Tag.

Renner was supposed to leap off a 20ft stack of chairs when the rigging broke and he plummeted to the bottom, breaking each his arms. However, he was so dedicated to the stunt that he did it once more, not realising how badly he had been injured.

To proceed filming, the producers of Tag really had so as to add CG sleeves over Renner’s casts.

Angelina Jolie

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In the 2010 movie Salt, Jolie’s CIA agent jumped throughout transferring vehicles, off bridges and out of helicopters, and the award-winning actress was “really game” to do the stunts herself, whereas fitted with padding and a security harness.


Stunt coordinator Simon Crane instructed the Los Angeles Times in 2010: “She’s absolutely fearless when it comes to high places. That’s a fantastic asset to have.

“You can use her confidence with heights to place her in all types of dicey conditions and know that she’s going to be convincing pulling it off.”

Jolie did injure herself during the film’s fight sequence with Liev Schreiber, though, when she burst through the door with a gun and accidentally hit her head on the corner of a desk.

Jason Statham

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Actor Jason Statham attends “The Fate Of The Furious” New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 8, 2017 in New York City.
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Statham has made a reputation for himself in motion movies just like the Fast & Furious franchise, and thinks that it’s “cheating the audience” if he would not do the stunts himself.

He even referred to as superhero actors who use stunt doubles “embarrassing” in an interview with the Telegraph in 2015, saying: “I could take my grandma, put her in a cape, put her on a green screen and they’ll have stunt doubles come in and do all the action. Anybody could do it.”

One of his most spectacular stunts got here on the finish of Crank, when Statham dangled from a helicopter with solely a skinny wire defending him.

Zoe Bell

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Some actors learn to do stunt work, however in Zoe Bell’s case, it went the opposite method spherical.

The New Zealand stuntwoman has been the double for individuals like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok, Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess and Halle Berry in Catwoman.

However, she has additionally moved into performing, and has starred in movies together with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Grindhouse and TV exhibits together with Hawaii Five-0 and Lost, all whereas doing her personal stunts on the job.

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig at Spectre premiere
Actor Daniel Craig attends the German premiere of the brand new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ at CineStar on October 28, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
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While you’d think about the actors that step into 007’s go well with could be daredevils, not many Bonds have completed their very own stunts, however Daniel Craig has thrown his all on the movies.


Speaking to the Guardian, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale chief stunt coordinator Gary Powell stated: “He gets his hands very dirty. Daniel puts the work in, even if it’s something he’s not keen on.

“He’s not a lover of heights however in Quantum Of Solace we have him leaping out of a three-storey constructing on to the highest of a transferring bus. You’ve really bought to leap earlier than the bus is underneath you.”

His gung-ho attitude has meant Craig has racked up quite a few injuries, from spraining a knee during Quantum of Solace, to losing the tip of his finger, to having his front teeth smashed out during a fight scene.

Christian Bale

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Christian Bale is thought for remodeling himself for roles, whether or not which means ravenous himself or placing on weight, so it is no shock that he likes to do as a lot of his personal stunts as doable.

While he did have stunt doubles whereas taking part in Batman, he stepped in to do a lot of the combat sequences, even coaching within the martial artwork Keysi for the job.

He does have his limits, although – for a scene in Rescue Dawn the place his character was speculated to be hoisted up right into a chopper by a rope, Bale shouted at director Werner Herzog: “I’m not going to die for you, Werner!”

Charlize Theron

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While filming the motion movie Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron threw herself into the position, and did all the stunts she was allowed to do.

Stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave instructed the Hollywood Reporter: “Charlize did 98 percent of her own action including fighting, running and those kinds of things. When it comes where she has to fall down stairs or swing from a height — that, she can’t do insurance-wise.”

However, we’re not totally certain why she is so dedicated to the stunt work, contemplating the horrific accidents she has endured.

While filming Æon Flux, she suffered a herniated disc after doing a sequence of again handsprings, and on the set of The Old Guard, Theron tore the ligament in her thumb throughout a combat scene and ended up needing three surgical procedures on her left arm.


Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves at John Wick premiere
Keanu Reeves attends the “John Wick” New York Premiere on the Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on October 13, 2014 in New York City.
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As properly as being Hollywood’s nicest man, Keanu Reeves is dedicated to his stunt work, and performs the overwhelming majority of the combating, driving and gunplay within the John Wick films himself.

He instructed Today: “I do all of the action. I’m 90 percent of what’s happening there. I’m maintaining the connection to the audience, and with the story. If it’s wacky/crazy stuff, you’re just like, ‘Oh my god, what did I just see?'”

However, he by no means performs the hero, and lets his stunt double step in when it is wanted.

His double Jeremy Fry instructed Metro in 2020: “It’s always interesting to me when actors want to do their own stunts… when you have people who you can use and you won’t know that it’s not them.

“But Keanu, he utterly will get that. He has by no means stated, ‘I need to try this. I need to do it.’ He trusts [director Chad Stahelski] to make the very best choice that they will and he is aware of that they are going to use him each time they really feel it is acceptable and secure.”

Matt Damon

Matt Damon at the Leisure Class premiere
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To play Jason Bourne, Matt Damon primarily reworked right into a real-life motion hero, and did plenty of his personal driving stunt work and underwater sequences within the franchise.

Damon underwent three months of coaching in hand-to-hand fight, weapons, boxing, and Filipino Escrima to correctly get into form to play Jason Bourne.

However, he is not completely fearless, as he instructed Daily Mail Australia in 2016: “I do as much as I can but whenever it’s like going to be a little sketchy, I always let the professionals do it because they’re really good at what they do.”

Tom Holland

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – JULY 03: Tom Holland attends the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ press convention at Conrad Seoul Hotel on July 3, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.
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Tom Holland educated as a gymnast and a dancer as a baby and was into the parkour scene, so performing his personal stunts as Spider-Man was just about the subsequent step.

The star will do any stunt he is allowed to do, however cannot do all of Spidey’s work resulting from insurance coverage causes.

He instructed ComicEbook.com in 2017: “I did as many [of the stunts] as I could, but there are some things legally that I couldn’t do. There were stunt doubles who were all very, very talented guys who really supported me throughout the process.

“Whenever there was a stunt that I did not essentially really feel snug about, they might step in and present my tips on how to do it, and coach me by the method.”

His favourite of all the stunts was running up a steel beam during Homecoming, when he was allowed to jump off the end.

Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz attends a photocall for “Sex Tape” at Corinthia Hotel London on September 3, 2014 in London, England.
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Cameron Diaz could have retired from performing now, however in 2010’s Knight and Day, she made certain that she stored up with co-star Tom Cruise when it comes to stunts.

“It’s so addictive because there are only a few things in life that really bring you into a moment like that, especially in our society,” she instructed the Chicago Tribune in 2010. “You learn to trust yourself. You learn to trust the people that you’re working with.”

Among the stunts she pulled off was a trick the place she swung round to the entrance of Cruise on a transferring bike, all whereas capturing the dangerous guys.

Adam Driver

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Adam Driver attends the twenty sixth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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There was a stuntman readily available on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to hold out Kylo Ren’s extra dramatic scenes, however he principally sat there twiddling his thumbs, as a result of Adam Driver was so eager on doing his personal stunts.

The movie’s stunt coordinator Eunice Huthart heaped reward on the previous Girls star for finishing up all his personal combat scenes.

“If, for example, Kylo Ren got set on fire, there’s not a chance in hell they’d ever let Adam Driver do it. Adam’s in a fortunate position because everything [necessary], the actor was capable to do,” she instructed Film Threat final yr.

“Adam’s stunt double never got into costume, ever. He’s as good as any stuntman, honestly.”

Naomie Harris

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Not content material with merely studying the strains of the enduring Miss Moneypenny, Naomie Harris determined that she would try to do all of her stunts in Skyfall.

She instructed Bang Showbiz: “I’m trying to do all my own stunts. I’ve done them all so far. In a couple of weeks we’ve got another big stunt thing, so I don’t know if I can do all of them. But I’m trying to!”

Harris put her belief within the Bond stunt crew when pulling off the automotive chases, saying: “I definitely felt frightened, but never in danger, because they were always so careful about everything.”

Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford attends “The Expendables 3” premiere throughout the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France.
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While taking part in the enduring character of Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford needed to take action a lot of his personal stunts that he principally put his stunt double out of labor.

According to stuntman Vic Armstrong, he needed to pull Ford apart throughout filming of the Last Crusade and ask him to let him do some work as a result of Ford was doing so most of the stunts himself.

Armstrong stated of the star: “If he wasn’t such a great actor, he would have made a really great stuntman.”

Even off display, Ford is a little bit of a daredevil, having turn out to be a licensed pilot over 20 years in the past.

Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart bought over her worry of horses to finish most of the stunts in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Speaking at MarvelCon in 2012, the actress stated: “I got to jump off cliffs and ride horses, and that terrifies me. I was really, really not happy about having to do all that [horseback riding]. I don’t like that – I hate that. I fell off a horse once and hurt myself really badly. I broke and dislocated my elbow when I was, like, nine.

“I simply needed to not give it some thought. I needed so badly to do that that it was similar to, ‘Alright, properly, if I perish by horse, that is all good’.”

By the time 2019’s Charlie’s Angels rolled around, Stewart had got into the swing of things, as director Elizabeth Banks called the actress “a legit motion heroine”.

She told press: “She’s tremendous badass within the film. She did so a lot of her personal stunts. Did all of her coaching. They all did. They all did weapons coaching. They all did stunt coaching, combat coaching, driving, all of us took driving – not classes however all of us needed to undergo and had been all put by our paces in all of these areas.”

Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz
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Chloe Grace Moretz was too younger to swear in Kick-Ass when she starred as Hit-Girl, however managed to do most of her personal stunts.

Aged simply 12, Moretz educated with Jackie Chan’s stunt crew for 3 months for the position, and was impressed by Angelina Jolie within the movie Wanted.

She instructed the Hollywood Reporter final yr: “By the time we got to filming, about 90 percent of it was me, except the big, big stunts, which I probably could have done, but we legally couldn’t do them for insurance, because it was too risky.”

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