10 Hilariously Obvious Stand-Ins Who Ruined Their Scenes

That time Lord Of The Rings just said "that'll do!"...

New Line Cinema

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 price.


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