Most Hollywood actors are forbidden from doing all but the simplest stunts, because of the studio’s insurance policies. But some actors still demand to be in the thick of the action, while some comedians performed death-defying tricks before the term “stunt doubles” even existed. Discover who put themselves in mortal danger for your entertainment!
The silent film star tried to make sure his 1923 classic didn’t live up to its title. Here’s a shot of the legendary clock sequence in the movie, using a prop clock face on a fake wall constructed on an actual skyscraper.
He continued to perform dangerous stunts himself even after he lost his thumb and index finger of his right hand in 1919 in a prop bomb explosion. From then on, he used a special prosthetic glove in his films.
The 65-year old Governator still does his own stunts.
We’re not 100% sure losing a terrifying 63 pounds (28.5 kgs) for his role of The Machinist (2004) counts as a stunt, but it’s still impressive‚ he only ate coffee and apples for months in order to emaciate his frame. But then he immediately bulked back up and performed almost all of stunts in Christopher Nolan’s three Batman movies.