19 Celebrities Who Do Their Own Movie Stunts (PHOTOS)

Kimberly Goad | Nov 10, 2015 Celebrities
19 Celebrities Who Do Their Own Movie Stunts (PHOTOS)

Most actors and actresses opt for a stunt double when it comes time for their on-screen characters to take them outside their comfort zone (we would, too!). Not Angelina Jolie. She did her own stunts in MaleficentSalt, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

She's not the only one. Click through for 19 other stars who like to channel their inner daredevil. 

 

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  • Daniel Craig

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    The stunts on Spectre -- the latest Bond flick, starring Daniel Craig as 007 -- were so insane that the actor actually got injured. "We had to be bigger and better than Skyfall," Craig has said.

  • Kristen Stewart

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    Doing her own stunts helps Kristen Stewart get into character. "I can actually see the pain and discomfort on my face," the actress has said. "It's awesome."

  • Matt Damon

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    Not only did he handle all of the car crash stunts in the Bourne trilogy, but Matt Damon also took on many of the under-water scenes.

  • Chloe Grace Moretz

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    Chloe Grace Moretz was doing her own stunts early on. To play the part of 11-year-old superhero Hit-Girl in Kick Ass, the actress trained with Jackie Chan's stunt crew for three months.   

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  • Harrison Ford

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    "I have picked up plenty of bumps, bruises, and cuts over the years," says Harrison Ford. That didn't stop him from performing 90 percent of his own stunts in the most recent Indiana Jones installment. 

  • Tom Cruise

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    For the last two installments of Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise defied studio executives and performed his own stunts. Ditto the film Knight and Day.

  • Cameron Diaz

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    In Knight and Day, Cameron Diaz followed co-star Tom Cruise's lead and took on most of her own stunts. "I love training for fight sequences," she has said. "It's a week of getting bruises, cuts, and sprains, but it's also a lot of fun."

  • Scarlett Johansson

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    "I like doing the stunts," Scarlett Johansson has said. "If you just hand over to the experts when the going gets tough I don't think you are fully embracing the part."

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  • Zoe Bell

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    Zoe Bell was a stunt double for actresses like Lucy Lawless and Sharon Stone before she became an actress herself. In her film debut, Death Proof, she was cast as a stunt woman named...Zoe Bell. Talk about typecasting! 

  • Christian Bale

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    As Batman, Christian Bale did most of his own stunts. But the actor wasn't allowed to for what ended up being an Oscar-winning role in The Fighter

  • Ryan Gosling

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    Playing the part of a stunt rider in The Place Beyond the Pines, Ryan Gosling was nervous about doing the motorcycle stunts. But the actor has said that the fear helped improve his concentration. 

  • Angelina Jolie

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    This actress and huminitarian likes to do her own stunts, and has been doing them for quite some time. Angelina Jolie did just that in Maleficent as well as the more physical roles she played in Salt and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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  • Jason Statham

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    Jason Statham has said the surge of adrenaline he gets while performing his own stunts in films like The Transporter is a great rush. 

  • Gina Carano

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    Before she was an actress (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6), Gina Carano was a mixed martial arts fighter. Of course she does her own stunts!

  • Keanu Reeves

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    In the movie Speed, Keanu Reeves' character jumps from a car onto the runaway bus. During filming the actor secretly rehearsed the scene and surprised everyone when he did it himself.

  • Taylor Lautner

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    Cutie Taylor Lautner trained for four months in the sport of parkour -- running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, and jumping -- to prepare for his part in the thriller Tracers. "Doing this movie gave me an excuse to do things I probably shouldn't be doing in real life," he has said.

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  • Naomie Harris

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    "Although I've done action stuff before, I've never been called upon to do it for such a long period of time," Naomie Harris has said of her stunts in Skyfall. "I really got my butt kicked."

  • Mariska Hargitay

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    Mariska Hargitay, star of NBC's Law & Order: SVU, became a special victim herself when she was hospitalized with a partially collapsed lung back in 2009. The cause: a decade of doing her own stunts on the series.

  • Josh Hutcherson

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    Josh Hutcherson, who did his own stunts in The Hunger Games, has said he loved the physical aspect of playing Peeta Mellark in the series.

  • Viggo Mortensen

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    Viggo Mortensen, who likes to do his own stunts, is so fearless even the stunt men of The Lord of the Rings series were afraid to do fight scenes with him.

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