Stuntmen never get the same kind of star treatment Hollywood actors are used to, even if they play critical roles in every film. They are rarely recognized in public, and they are paid only a fraction of what main actors get for taking larger risks. These risks are at the heart of what makes the films exciting—the amazing hand-to-hand combat scenes, car crash performances, and explosion escapes—nothing is able to parallel the importance of stunties, irreplaceable even in multi-million dollar movies.
The actors and actresses themselves know how crucial stunt doubles are, and they praise them. They make sure their efforts never go unnoticed. And now you can too with this amazing behind-the-scenes look into the world of stunt doubles.
Harrison Ford Appreciates His Stuntman
Some actors can be full of themselves, knowing the full strength of their drawing power in making a film a top grosser. But you can take out the veteran actor, Harrison Ford, from that list. He knows from direct experience how important his stunt double, Vic Armstrong, has been to him in the shooting of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
He went out of his way to thank Armstrong by sending him a photograph of them both with a short message, showing his gratitude. When Harrison Ford couldn’t work the scenes after sustaining an injury, Vic Armstrong had his back and did a few acting scenes for him while he recovered.