If you’re suiting up as James Bond, you’d better be ready to prove you have what it takes. And Daniel Craig has done more than his fair share, with the movies giving him plenty of opportunities to wow without the help of a stuntman.
If Daniel Craig had only done half of the stunts in his stable of Bond films, it would still be impressive, but no, he did them all. Perhaps you remember the incredible parkour chase scene from the beginning of Casino Royale? He’s paid the price, too – during one scene, he got his teeth smashed in.
Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence has made her name by appearing in plenty of blockbuster films, but when she started as Katniss Everdeen in the The Hunger Games series, she had just begun. Everdeen is a pro with the bow and arrow and a skilled woodswoman, which means that Lawrence had to learn how to handle herself in the same situations.
She gets into plenty of fights, pulls off some eye-popping acrobatic moves, and never lets anything bring her down. It gets to the point where Lawrence barely seemed like she was acting – if the Hunger Games were real, Lawrence might be able to emerge victorious even without the cameras.
Margot Robbie jumped into the public eye by playing the wildest woman from the DC Universe in one of the worst movies from the DC Universe, Harley Quinn. This crazed lunatic had all eyes on her during her scenes, as well as in Birds of Prey, thanks in part to a salacious outfit and unstoppable fury.
Robbie let the madness in big-time by doing her own stunts – a requirement she gave the producers, who didn't care enough, clearly. It meant a ton of extra work for Robbie, which is kind of a shame since it was all for Suicide Squad. It's like pouring gold coins into an open sewer. Yeah, there's gold down there...but...
Reynolds has been a big name in the movie industry, and especially the action film industry, for some time now, and while he doesn't do his own stunts anymore, he used to love doing them. You may wonder: why the switch? It turns out that he seriously injured himself on the set of the 2013 blockbuster Safe House.
Since then his doctor has barred him from doing anything that might result in further injury. Up until then, he had been doing all his own fights, falls, and scenes, and sadly had to pass the reigns off to stuntmen who are still able to help the movie finish filming.
The man who made death-defying comedy cool was one Harold Lloyd, who most famously hung from a clock tower in Never Weaken, a darkly comic film about a sweet young man. Watching Lloyd's films is like being at the carnival – you never know what to expect next, but it's sure to take your breath away.
Whether it's dangling several stories above bustling city streets or trying to win a woman, Keaton did everything with a moxie that may seem lacking in today's ultra-serious stars. With over two hundred acting credits to his name, Lloyd was another trailblazer when it came to stunts – they couldn't edit out a wire harness later on. If he slipped, he fell.