“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is the kind of movie that is bursting with star power. Just in this picture, we see Karen Gillan and Jack Black, two household names, standing with their stunt doubles Jahnel Curfman and Michael J. Waitman, respectively.
They’re having a good time despite being in the jungle, relaxing between shoots and trying not to think about how they have to stand next to Dwayne Johnson, and thus look tiny and weak. Still, they look like they’re enjoying themselves.
Taking it to the Next Level
This picture of actress Awkwafina on the set of “Jumanji: The Next Level” is an interesting look behind the scenes of a film that spawned off of the most horrifically scary movie ever. Big pouches? Long scarves? Fingerless gloves? It's a far cry from the board game movie that starred the dearly departed Robin Williams.
We of course have no idea what the movie or the others in the franchise are about since we've avoided anything that has to do with the name “Jumanji” since 1995. Don't talk to us about it, it was a bad night.
Which One is the Real Russian Doll?
We've looked it up, and we're pretty sure it's impossible to actually tell which of these three women is Natasha Lyonne, star of the show “Russian Doll,” and which of the three are her stunt doubles. Stunt triples. You get the idea.
It just goes to show you why shows are able to use stunt doubles so well – slap a curly ginger wig on them and give them an eye-catching outfit, and most viewers (or article writers) won't be able to tell the difference. Send us a postcard if you know which one is the real one.
There are a bunch of reasons being the Rock's stunt double is a tough time. He's crazy muscled, he's tall, and he's bald. The biggest issue, however, is his rare ancestry – his father was a black Nova Scotian with Irish blood while his mother is Samoan. There just aren't that many people around with that kind of family tree, especially professional stuntmen.
Thankfully, Tanoai Reed (who goes by Samoanstuntman on Instagram) is just the man to pick up the slack. At a first glance, it looks like this picture is just two the Rocks – but on closer inspection, one of them is the real deal and the other is his stand-in.
Not the Hardest Casting Job Ever
Sebastian Stan has rocketed up the Hollywood list thanks to his star-making turn as the tortured and confused Winter Soldier from the Marvel movies, and he didn't even have to do his own stunts. Sure, the stunt double (one James Young) doesn't have to look anything like Stan except for “have a forehead,” but he still has to know how to handle all the stunts and high-flying action that this character goes through.
Get him a lanky black wig and plenty of eye shadow, and they might as well be the same person.