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:


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

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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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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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Great thanks! Got caught in some events and it went live much sooner then I expected!