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.
Like Two Heavily-Muscled Peas in a Pod
Bobby Holland Hanson and Chris Hemsworth have been working together almost since the very beginning, and there's a clear reason why. The two have similar facial features, similar builds, heights that are close enough to not matter, and both seem to enjoy working on their shoulders. This pouty pic is from during the filming of “Heart of the Sea,” a 2015 movie that has a whaling ship become the target of an angry sperm whale.
It seems just as fantastical as “Thor,” but it's actually based on events from 1820. High-seas action is one thing, but be sure to take a pic while you're at it.
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.
Jack Blacks and Karen Gillans, Oh My
“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.
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.