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Old 07-19-10, 05:44 AM
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Stunt doubles that take you out of the movie

I am starting this thread for some laughs. The worst one I can remember is from E.T. when all the kids are biking to the launch site. Elliott is in a red hoodie and the stunt double for him looks to be 2 feet taller than him. Every time there is a stunt with the bike, it cuts to this huge guy on a kids bike. I laugh every time.
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Re: Stunt doubles that take you out of the movie

I was just watching 'New York Confidential' today, and the doubles of Richard 'cut your heart out' Conte and the guy he was fighting were pretty bad.

Granted it's from 1955, but that scene did take me out of the film for a second.

I still love the movie. Fantastic noir.
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Once that was pointed out to me, I could never unsee it
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Re: Stunt doubles that take you out of the movie

I guess we should get another one of the best known out of the way too.

The strange woman in that awful wig in 'Blade Runner' trying to double as Zhora crashing through the glass. That being fixed with the original actress for the new version is one of the coolest things ever.

I still remember way back then when BR came out, when I wasn't as analytical of films, that just leaped off the screen how terrible that shot was.
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Re: Stunt doubles that take you out of the movie

That scene in T2 was the first one that came to my head.
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VIEW TO A KILL . How could the producers let those scenes be seen.
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The climactic fight with the main villain in Avenging Force. The villain is suddenly portrayed by a much more agile guy in a hilarious wig.
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Worse one for me was Face/Off, especially the slow motion scene where the speedboat crashes near the end.
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Re: Stunt doubles that take you out of the movie

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Once that was pointed out to me, I could never unsee it
Yeah...or the one where the bike falls. He's wearing an Arnold Mask.
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The final fight in Ip Man. Donnie Yen's fight double (yes, he used one) and his stunt double (when he does that hand stand/split so he doesn't fall from the fight platform) are very obvious and very distracting.

This also happens a lot with Jackie Chan's opponents in his various movies. They'll even switch from a white opponent to an obviously chinese stunt double will little effort to conceal the change.

The fight double for the Belgian lancer in Fearless is extremely distracting. The actor is a husky guy whereas his fight double is a lanky guy with really big hair.
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Re: Stunt doubles that take you out of the movie

The first scene that comes to mind for me is the boat chase scene in Face/Off. So fucking obvious.
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I don't know if this counts really, but I was watching 100 Rifles a week or so ago and there was a scene where I think it was Jim Brown escaping on a plain brown horse with no distinguishing markings of any kind, but for one of the shots during the scene the horse he is on has a white star on it's head. I can understand the need to use multiple horses for scenes but why wouldn't you make sure they looked the same instead of one having such a glaring difference?
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In Pretty in Pink, "Duckie" is seen riding his bike into Chinatown on just its rear wheel.....so obviously not Jon Cryer.
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In Die Hard when he fights the blond guy in the sweatsuit. Quite a few shots where you can see it's not Willis. Also the fight in the luggage room in Die Hard 2 you can clearly see the stunt double.
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Im gonna get you sucka- there is no way that was the mom fighting those guys
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One of the first things that came to my mind was Ace Frehley's stunt double in KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. Notoriously bad.
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Beverly Hills Cop :

When Eddie Murphy throws one of the bad guys on a buffet table at the country club.
The funny thing is that the stunt double looks like Richard Pryor.
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Re: Stunt doubles that take you out of the movie

Originally Posted by RagingBull80 View Post
That scene in T2 was the first one that came to my head.
Same here. But I never noticed the shot above. The "Harley Jump" is where I always saw it - even as a little kid. I watched T2 a good 50-75 times while growing up.

It's still very cool that they used to do stunts like that. Now they just do quick shots in some warehouse, covered in greenscreen and shit.
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Originally Posted by troystiffler View Post
The "Harley Jump" is where I always saw it - even as a little kid.
Yeah that's the one I first noticed as well. I actually mentioned this in another thread on this same topic but in the "Harley jump" scene the stunt guy looks like John Travolta.
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The final fight in Ip Man. Donnie Yen's fight double (yes, he used one) and his stunt double (when he does that hand stand/split so he doesn't fall from the fight platform) are very obvious and very distracting.

This also happens a lot with Jackie Chan's opponents in his various movies. They'll even switch from a white opponent to an obviously chinese stunt double will little effort to conceal the change.

The fight double for the Belgian lancer in Fearless is extremely distracting. The actor is a husky guy whereas his fight double is a lanky guy with really big hair.
Even Bruce Lee had a stunt double. The scene where he does a forward flip over some monks' arms after fighting Sammo Hung is a stunt double; Yuen Biao. It isn't obvious, though.

It was blatantly obvious in Kill Bill. It was either some dude wearing make up or that chick from Grindhouse doing all the fighting in the restaurant.
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A Classic
The triple lindy dive from Back to School
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDMMY...ayer_embedded#!
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Even Bruce Lee had a stunt double. The scene where he does a forward flip over some monks' arms after fighting Sammo Hung is a stunt double; Yuen Biao. It isn't obvious, though.
Nice. Never noticed that at all. Shows it can be done without being obvious.
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Old westerns used to do this all the time. Randolph Scott was in his 50s and still making action westerns where he gets into vicious barroom slugfests. And he would always be fighting another old dude. And when you see a shot that involves some real action, the dudes didn't look a thing like Scott or the character actor he was "fighting."

Mad Magazine once did a satire of the movie, THE CARPETBAGGERS (1964), and includes the scene where George Peppard has a fight with Alan Ladd, (who died at the age of 50 before the film came out). In the Mad satire, Peppard says a line to Ladd that goes like this, "And now your stunt double is going to beat the tar out of my stunt double," and the two stand back while two other guys go to town on each other. I wound up seeing the film for the first time well after reading the Mad satire and I had a good laugh at the obviousness of the stunt doubles during the two actors' fight scene.

In Hong Kong movies, female leads in action scenes were often doubled by male stuntmen, often quite obviously.

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