The professional stunt doubles protect the actors from getting hurt doing their stunts, keeping the production smooth. Beyond the matching outfits, the framing, angles and editing team up to create a perfect transition.
A stunt double is a skilled replacement of an actor who performs difficult stunts in the place of the actor.
Not every actor is Jackie Chan or Tom Cruise to perform the stunts on their own. The professional stunt doubles protect the actors from getting hurt doing their stunts, keeping the production smooth. Here are some of the amazing pairs of actors and their doubles.
The Canadian actor, Keanu Reeves, performs many stunts on his own in wide shots. This helps to pull off the transition to his stunt double in other scenes.
The team might work a bit on the appearance of the stunt double to make him/her look similar to the actor. But some stunt doubles are already so similar to their counterparts. Interestingly, the more the actor and stunt coordinator interact together, the easier it is to create an illusion.
While watching a movie, we never see any difference between actors and their stunt doubles. Or we don't notice when a stunt double performs. This is because the transition between actors and their doubles do not have any 'major' flaws. Apart from their same appearance, shot manipulation is essential. Both the actor and double should have mixed close-ups and wides. This helps in creating change blindness-the audience cannot spot the change in the visual field of the actors and doubles.
In the latest release of Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise broke his ankle in a leap between buildings. Even after rehearsing and several takes, his angle hurt by a hit against the wall. The production resumed after three months when he recovered.