Andrew Garfield’s performance in “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012) was easily assisted by a costumed stuntman. Conveniently, Spiderman always looks the same, no matter which actor plays him. But in this case, the double for Peter Parker is seen wearing sweatpants.
Though he doesn’t mind having a stunt-Spidey, Garfield did prepare by studying the movements of athletes and spiders, mimicking both.
As it turns out, Christian Bale also adheres to extreme role-prep measures. In "The Machinist", he nearly starved himself, shriveling down to almost nothing and shedding over 60 pounds.
Swinging the other way, Bale packed on 42 pounds to play Irving Rosenfeld in "American Hustle" and not just that, he shaved a receding hairline into a thick mop to achieve the perfect comb-over look.
Not every successful actor sacrifices physical or mental health to play a role. In these cases, a stuntman comes in handy to fill in for the death-defying feats. Check out these striking images of Hollywood heavyweights posing with their stuntmen.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s double is Tanoai Reed. He’s been filling in for the Rock since "Waterworld" in 1995. How does he achieve the stunning likeness? Reed is Johnson’s cousin! He also worked with the actor on "The Scorpion King".
Sometimes real-life love stories are born on set, not only between two actors. "Fury Road" demanded scene after scene of reckless maneuvers, so Charlize Theron wisely opted for a stunt double as Furiosa.
The on-set feud between Theron and Tom Hardy did not stop their stunt doubles from falling in love and getting married. So the stunts went together along with the set and stayed together happily ever after.
When it comes to child actors, the law requires producers to bring in doubles to take over for scenes that could be potentially dangerous. It happens on all movie sets and all TV shows and it happened in the case of Quvenzhané Wallis.
From afar, the two look the same, and when in costume they are almost identical. Quvenzhané's double is much older than her, but you'd never notice in the film. We can thank movie magic for that!