What does one need to be a stuntman for Bruce Willis? A bald head. The two massive men on the right stepped in for him in “A Good Day to Die Hard”. With more car crashes than you can count, they were a great help.
Larry Rippenkroeger, Willis’s double for over ten years said, “The hardest thing is when the director wants me to deliver a line.” By the looks of it, Rippenkroger prefers to stick to actions and leave the lines to Wills.
Both Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz needed stunt doubles in "The Mask", where the zany antics get comically wild. Which was more difficult? The tedious makeup sessions piling on green paint for four hours or the stunts?
You may think that pulling off physical stunts, however, sitting in the makeup van without moving for several hours with all that green stuff being put on your face can be even harder.
Bowie's Stunt Guy
No matter how outrageous David Bowie might have been throughout his life, in some cases he had someone do the hard stuff for him. Nick Gillard performed stunts for David Bowie in "Labyrinth". He was also Mark Hamill’s first lightsaber fighter. For Bowie’s Jareth, he jumped in to provide lighter-than-air stunts on the castle stairs.
Bowie was always known for taking the extra step and for testing his own boundaries, however, when it came to real life-threatening moments, he preferred for someone to fill in for him.
Even Arnold Has One
Even the Terminator needs some backup. Here he is posing with Pete Kent. In "Commando" (1985), a $10 million budget surely covered plenty of stunts and CGI. According to Ranker, since Schwarzenegger could bench 520 and deadlift 710, the "Commando" director assumed he could do his own stunt, holding a dude over a cliff.
This didn't work according to plan and they ordered a crane the next day to complete the scene. So much for Mr. I-can-do-it-all.
When Hollywood has a good day, then it's a really good day. One of the best things that can happen to the casting team, is finding a stuntman that looks pretty much the same as the star. The Jurassic Park foundation did not clone Chris Pratt. That’s his stunt double Tony McFarr!
They also teamed up in "Guardians of the Galaxy" volumes 1 and 2. This makes the entire filming and editing process so much more manageable as we have come across some incidents where the editing was affected due to the poor resemblance of the stunt double to the actor.