Spoiler alert: You’re not seeing doubles.
Good morning world! Sorry to break it to you, but no, your favorite actor does not always perform the most dangerous scenes in your favorite action movies. Those these are often carried out by stunt doubles.
But it’s okay, you might not even notice since they bare an uncanny resemblance to the actors and actresses they step in for.
There are several stuntmen and women who have been working for their doppelgängers for years.
Can you spot the difference between the celebrity and the body double? Yikes, it’s hard sometimes.
But the sad thing is that they don’t usually get credit for their incredible act since they are the unknown men and women who bring your favorite action movies to life.
The Amazing Spiderman? Don’t tell me you thought it was Andrew Garfield swinging on those high buildings, or Jennifer Lopez running after criminals on her cop drama Shades of Blue.
Some actors have an interesting story behind their stunt doubles. For example, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s cousin often stands in for him during his more action-packed scenes.
Because of the uncanny resemblance to their celebrity counterparts and their matching costumes, you might think you’re seeing double. But you’re not.
Take a look at these actors and actresses photographed with their doubles on set and see if you can tell them apart.
Tom Hardy (left) and his body double Jacob Tomburi strike a pose while filming Mad Max: Fury Road in May 2015.
His stunt double, Jacob Tomburi, has received a great deal of attention due to his almost clone-like resemblance to Tom Hardy.
The duo seems to have become very close friends with Tomburi often posting selfies of the two of them on set.
Tomburi has performed as a stuntman in a number of movies including all three Lord of the Rings films, 30 Days of Night and Avatar.
Michael Douglas (left) looks almost identical to his stunt double Mike Runyard during filming for Ant-Man in November 2014.
Michael Douglas shared a Facebook photo of himself and his stunt double, Mike Runyard while filming scenes for Ant-Man.
Douglas revealed in 2014 that Runyard has been his double AND ‘golfing buddy’ for more than 25 years now.
Mike was a professional motorcycle racer for more than a decade, before becoming a stuntman in 1977. He told TODAY.com that his first gig with Douglas came in 1988 in the movie ‘Black Rain’.
Andrew Garfield (left) and his body double William Spencer have a chat while filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in June 2013.
The Spiderman double, William Spencer, revealed in an interview with Redbull that Andrew Garfield was one of the main reasons why he got the gig in The Amazing Spiderman series.
Spencer said, “Hey dude, listen, I used to skateboard as a kid…I want Peter Parker to skateboard. I wanted to bring you in here and see if you were down to skateboard in this movie for me”.
William Spencer is a famous skateboarder who has performed incredible skate stunts and stunt-doubling in movies such as Project X, Jonah Hex, and The Kids Are All Right.
Rebel Wilson (right) and her double stunt are seen looking at a phone on the set of Isn’t It Romantic in July 2017.
Her look-alike double stood in for scenes in which a Halal food cart knocked the actress to the ground.
The two girls were even seen socializing between takes.
Jennifer Lopez (right) and her body double take a break while filming scenes for Shades of Blue in August 2017
JLo was captured multiple times with the same stunt double when she filmed her crime show Shades of Blue in New York.
The singtress, who plays corrupt cop Harlee Santos in the NBC drama, appeared to be in the middle of filming an action scene, dressed in combat boots.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (right) and his body double have an interesting connection. His body double, in fact, is his cousin Tanoai Reed with whom he is seen having a chat on the set of Journey to the Center of the Earth.
His cousin Reed, is two years younger than his famous relative and has worked as a stuntman in various movies including Baywatch Nights TV series and movies such as Waterworld among others.
‘I’ve been a stunt double for him (The Rock) for about 16 years now,’ Reed said.
‘I thought after my football years I would be healing my body up, but I think it’s taking even more of a toll. I’m jumping off buildings, I’m getting hit by cars, I’m crashing stuff. My body – I’m 43 years old but I feel like I’m 83 sometimes.’ added Reed.
Brad Pitt (left) and his double Phil Ball are pictured speaking to a crew member off-camera while filming The Counselor.
The movie was filmed in London, while Pitt was seen with his double Phil Ball during preparations for a stunt.
They stood together in matching grey suits and white shirts, with their long hair tied back in ponytails, which made the pair look more or less identical.
The duo bonded after working together on a number of movies, including World War Z.
Kate Beckinsale (right) and her stunt double were spotted waiting around in between takes of Total Recall – an update of the Arnold Schwarzenegger hit movie.
Actress Kate Beckinsale and her doppelgänger waited around together in between takes on her movie Total Recall.
The pair could easily have been mistaken for twins on their matching outfits and sunglasses as they enjoyed the summer sunshine in Toronto, Canada.
Kate Beckinsale was filling the shoes of legendary Sharon Stone in the remake of the 1990 science fiction classic.
Ben Affleck (right) took a selfie with his stunt double Rich Cetrone from the Hawaii set of Triple Frontier.
Affleck took to Instagram, posting a selfie with his stunt double Cetrone on the set of Triple Frontier, an adventure crime-drama set to be released in 2019.
Affleck captioned the selfie, ‘Movie #5 with this legend – Rich Cetrone. Grateful to work with such incredible people. #stuntdouble,’.
His stunt double, Cetrone has also worked with Affleck in Batman v Superman, Justice League and The Accountant.