There’s nothing worse than when an otherwise solid
film forgets to hire convincing stand-ins. The job of stunt doubles, camera
doubles, and body doubles alike is to essentially be unseen, with their work masked
by production tricks to create a seamless edit.
Sure, it’s hard to find the perfect pairing for a lot
of actors, when their distinctive appearance can often be the very thing that
netted them attention in the first place. Most infamously, it took a few
decades for a believable replacement for Arnold Schwarzenegger to be found,
given the actor’s unique physique.
That said, sometimes it can be hard to sympathize with
filmmakers when their shortcuts are visible onscreen. The effective immersion created
by a convincing story and involving characters can be shattered in a second by
the wrong wig or too broad a pair of shoulder replacing the instantly recognizable
stars we know and love.
This list compiles a handful of cases, many of them
taken from otherwise classic (or at least halfway decent) flicks, where the stand-ins
weren’t able to pass for the real deal, and the film’s verisimilitude paid a