Live Poll: Iconic Shots in Which Actors Were Doubled

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By nature, filmmakers would try to film the movie in such a way that you won't suspect doubles were used, if they were. Sometimes the shots (or whole scenes) get so iconic that it is surprising to discover that it's not the known iconic actors in them, but some cleverly disguised acting or stunt doubles.

Out of collection of such shots, which one is your favorite?

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Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/icVGPq1ce-A/
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FYC

Anjelica Huston as Agent Mimi's Hands (uncredited) for Deborah Kerr as Agent Mimi (Alias Lady Fiona) in Casino Royale (1967) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(1967_film)#Uncredited_cast The film also proved to be young Anjelica Huston's first experience in the film industry as she was called upon by her father, John Huston, to cover the screen shots of Deborah Kerr's hands

Margherita Pace credited for nude body double Jennifer Connelly as Young Deborah in Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Ballerina scene https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087843/mediaviewer/rm2135890176

17 Actors Who Opted To Use Body Doubles For Famous Scenes
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Great thanks! I'm surprised I forgot about Anjelica Huston in that movie, but considering that nature of it, I'm not entirely surprised: there's just too much going on! Will try and find the image of her hands. 

As for body doubles for nude scenes: I'm doubting that a bit, as fewer of this shots actually possess any relevance for the movie, hence "Iconic" part. Most of the shots I've collected are so well known they were featured heavily in promotional materials, posters etc...
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I think some of the more torrid sex scenes of the movies might fit the bill as "iconic" especially those which were much discussed by moviegoers.

I listed the Margherita Pace credited for nude body double Jennifer Connelly as Young Deborah in Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Top Rated Movies #70 Ballerina scene because I find it to be iconic for two reasons. it is an important component of the Noodle flashback to his youth scene that opens the movie: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087843/mediaviewer/rm337060352 (when he peeked through a whole in the wall to watch her practicing in a backroom and she knowing teased him). It became even more iconic in latter years because it was the first movie for a young Jennifer Connelly, who went onto stardom and only appears briefly at the beginning of the movie. She has less than few minutes of screen time in a nearly four hour movie, yet has over 10% of the images in the movie's IMDB gallery.

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urbanemovies, Thanks for explanation. Will add Connelly soon. 
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urbanemovies, I'm still hoping to add Connelly, but struggling to find photographs of Margherita Pace doubling. I'm sure it is possible, though. 
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FYC:


In Inglourious Basterds, the scene when Hans is suffocating Bridget, actually it was Tarantino who did that.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361748/...
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Great thanks for this one, SeventhAr7! I was totally aware of that fact and yet, some of the best one start to elude as soon as you're opening the list and start to compile it! :) 
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Interesting poll
I don't have any suggestion (not for iconic shots anyway). Maybe it was a double who rode the bicycle in E.T. in the moon scene? It would be worth to check.
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I remember reading about The Third Man shot --- very interesting that Reed opted to use his own hands in that iconic shot.
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I don't think that he opted: rather was left with no choice but to use someone as a double. Welles very nearly derailed the production by first showing up late and then not agreeing to film in the sewers fearing to contract something (the latter leading directly into the fact that he's doubled in that shot). Arguably that actually made the movie better as the use of doubles and trick cinematography to mask his absence in many shots made them much more inventive on top of already distinctive style chosen by Reed.  

It's hard to say whether Reed actually given that a good thought or this shot was a last-minute decision so he used his hands just because he needed somebody and crew was tight. With director cameos it is quite often a bit of both. :)

That and... I think we can very much agree that the shot would have been iconic regardless of whose fingers were there, although acting-wise Reed still did and admirable job with his shot. 
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FYC:

This one distracts me every time I watch the movie. In the famous truck-motorbike pursuit in Terminator 2: Judgement Day you can clearly tell that in the wider shots it's not Arnold riding but stunt double, Norman Howell. 


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Interesting, I always thought it was Peter Kent, who did most of the riding (his face is quite similar to Arnold, but still there are differences and you can tell where it's him most of the time). Regardless, great thanks for reminding me of that shot: everyone in it is a stunt double and it only works because it is well-edited with other shots. It is of note that recent re-releases including last year's theatrical one actually tried to correct that, compositing faces over doubles. I have nothing against that, but it kind of takes away the beautiful imperfections about the shot. 

The first two Terminator movies are full of that and it is always exciting for me to watch shot-for-shot how they got away with that (usually it is a combination of good editing and overall framing of the shot). In The Terminator (1984) there are at least two instances of Kyle Reese being doubled in both of which it is rather glaring on freeze frames that it's not Michael Biehn. Including one instance where double's face is actually a close-up!  

I've accounted how much screen time the titular Terminator has in the movie and it s rather amazing: 26 minutes of which Schwarzenegger is there for like 16! 
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James The Movie Guy, I was going to find a good image out of existing ones for that scene and found this which is arguably an even more iconic shot and is that of Peter Kent. It will probably be too much to feature a few shots from the same movie, so I would like your opinion on that. 
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'Good idea. My favorite shots, of these, would be the one from 'Third Man' or maybe 'Psycho.' 'interesting and informative poll; I like it a lot. 
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My favorite... Psycho (1960)

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My Vote: #9 Shawshank Redemption
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Well, it's an iconic shot... sort of. The leg in "The Graduate" poster was Linda Gray's ;)
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I actually thought about The Graduate (1967), but such poster models require their own poll which I'm planning to do, as well. 

The Evil Dead (1981) is also quite an offender with most of the posters featuring Bridget Hoffman who is nowhere to be seen in the movie itself. 
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Nikolay,

Please change the title of your list from:
Iconic Shots In Which Actors Were Doubled

To:
Iconic Shots in Which Actors Were Doubled
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Correcting that right now, great thanks for pointing out!
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Nikolay,

Thanks for correcting the title of your list. I updated the title of this thread accordingly.
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FYC:
Pretty Woman - In the scene at the beginning when Vivian is getting dressed for the night, the body is actually Shelley Michelle.

Annie - At the end when Annie has climbed up the B&O Bridge to get away from Rooster and Punjab comes to save her, Annie is played by adult stunt double Bobby Porter.

Domino - When Domino does a lap dance, she used a body double named Taryn Powers.

Death Becomes Her - Lisle Von Rhuman has a scene where she seductively gets out of a pool and walks around speaking to Ernest, all while completely naked. The body is that of then-unknown actress Catherine Bell.

More TK tomorrow.
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Interesting cases, although fewer of them I can agree on iconic status and, which is more of a problem, fewer are easily available images. Will consider adding some of the shots, though. 
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Continued:

Your Highness - Isabelle, wearing only a g-string, jumps into the lake; the body is Caroline Davis.

In Black Swan Portman is doubled in most of the dancing scenes by dancer Sarah Lane. I'm not sure which specific "iconic shot" you want to pick.

In a similar full-movie situation, Penelope Cruz was body-doubled by her sister Mónica in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; she was pregnant during the whole shoot, being 7 months by the end of shooting.

Now You See Me - IMDb Trivia: In the J. Daniel Atlas practice sequence near the start of the film, we see the hands of Dan or Dave Buck digitally composited with Jesse Eisenberg's face. These twin brothers are acclaimed sleight of hand artists, as well as pioneers in the art of cardistry. Their skills can be seen in Smokin' Aces (2006), and LazyTown (2002) as well. Cardisty is an open display of skill with cards, similar to juggling. The sequence of moves performed in the film, is called "Pandora", and at the time of filming it was considered one of the most difficult moves in cardistry.

Death Proof - at the very beginning the camera focuses on a pair of feet up on a car dashboard. They are supposed to be Arlene's feet, but they are actually those of actress Shannon Hazlett.
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Death Proof added, a great example in my humble opinion! 

As for Cruz, Portman and Eisenberg: it's not easy to find specific shots, unfortunately. However, you reminded me of the moment in which Elsa Pataky famusly doubled for Portman in Thor: Dark World, when Jane Foster meets and kisses Thor in the post-credits scene. I'm adding that image already and researching the other cases. 
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I don't see a lot of those horror movie scenes you chose as "iconic" as some (if not all) of the ones I suggested. Particularly all of the suggestions from my first post.
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Jen to be fair I wanted to feature more but December got REALLY hectic and I was not able to finish the poll properly. It went live a bit unfinished as far as I'm concerned, as I was not able to find all the images in time. I also wanted badly to feature තරිඳු ධනංජය/Thorin's suggestion, but main problem in case of most of your suggestions was to find the images: not just from the scene, but those of a double. 

Also, if you're not into genre it's natural that you don't know just how influential most of these shots were, some of them replicated dozens of times. The influence of horror and b-movies is sneaky but it usually is also more evident in many movies, while mainstream movies are... Well, not as copied. Thus imagery doesn't get as iconic as it is in certain circles with horror movies, but that's just matter of perception. Plus, I'm one of the people who actively try to un-ghetto horror movies and namely slasher subgenre, because if anything classy enough uses it, automatically people try to distance it from a 'subpar' term "slasher" and... I find it odd. 

Anyhow, I did a bad and probably should have found some time to warn people not to get the poll live. It's okay as it is, but could have been much better. 
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Recent additions to the list, some of them my own, some inspired by suggestions: 
Tom Morga as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) (whole first scene which required very impressive stunts)
Shannon Hazlett as Arlene's legs in Death Proof (2007) 
Marine Jahan in dance sequences of Flashdance (1983)
Peter Kent in the motorcycle jump of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) (image tags are expecting approval)
Quentin Tarantino as Hans Landa's hands in Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Tom Morga (yep, again) as bandaged Michael Myers in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) (image tags are expecting approval)
Johnny Hock (for Tom Morga!) as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Jerry Wallace as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) (image tags are expecting approval)
Plus a shot from Thor: The Dark World (2013) is expected to arrive as soon as we will have an image approved! 

P.S. I know there are, perhaps, too much slasher movies but it is an almost essential element of the genre: as most of the time killer will not be shown fully or will be masked, it is an odd occurrence in most slashers that many actors and/or stuntman will portray one character. 
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I don't think I have to explain what this scene is.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0026428/mediaviewer/rm1241875200




Unmasked. :D
Mark Hamill and Bob Anderson in Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980
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Great thanks! Got caught in some events and it went live much sooner then I expected! 
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These are very interesting options. Voted for #5. A most classic high tension scene. For me it's the best, you presented. :D
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