Thursday, September 30, 2010

13 Most Dangerous Movie Stunts Done Without Stunt Doubles

If Hollywood is known for one thing, it would be how faked everything is. Movies sets are reduced to green screens, props, and some great acting. Today, stunts have been made to look real by professionals sitting behind a computer editing film for hours on end – but the art of the stunt has not been completely forgotten by some actors that feel the need to put themselves in harm’s way to make a great performance.

Daniel Craig

After Daniel Craig took up the role of super-suave James Bond in Casino Royale, he was faced with the challenge of doing most of his own stunts. Sure, he went through loads of punch-ups and acquired scratches and bruises all over, but the real challenge came when he was cast for Quantum of Solace in 2008. Craig was faced with one of his most challenging stunts yet – a leap of faith from three stories up, onto a moving bus. Now this may seem like a cakewalk for most stuntmen, but Daniel Craig has a fear of heights. This stunt was so dangerous ultimately because he had to know exactly when to jump – moments before the bus would be under him. Had he missed his cue or jumped too soon, he would have either been run over by a large motor vehicle, or hit the hard ground.

Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton was known in the physical comedy era as “The Great Stone Face” because of his famous deadpan expression. Some of his more dangerous stunts can be seen in the 1920’s flick Sherlock Jr., where he actually broke his neck in a scene involving a water tank on a railroad. Topping that came when Buster was in a gag that involved a 2,000-pound, 3-story house which fell onto him, and the only thing stopping him from getting crushed was a window that let him pass through the house with only a few spare inches around him. Buster Keaton managed to live a long and successful life, despite all of the dangerous stunts he pulled off. He died of lung cancer in 1966 at the age of 70.

Harold Lloyd

Another great actor of the silent (and sometimes not) classic comedy films, Harold Lloyd made nearly 200 films between the years 1914 and 1947. Lloyd was known as a true movie daredevil, most of his films had him performing some thrilling stunts, which kept his audiences in a sweat. In 1919 he was in a scene in Haunted Spooks where he was to carry around a prop bomb; however, the prop bomb was actually functional, and it exploded. In the explosion, Lloyd lost his index finger and thumb. Lloyd’s other famous stunts involved walking on skyscrapers and hanging from a clock tower in Safety Last! Harold Lloyd died in 1971 of prostate cancer at the age of 77.

Matt Damon

As Jason Bourne, Matt Damon had to do the majority of his own stunts. Damon said he was especially nervous when he was doing a scene in the water, because “to drown is a very human fear.” When panic sets in, a stunt can be dangerous to all of the stunt cast and crew, but luckily Damon had it under control. Another scene in a Bourne film had him jumping over off a bridge, which was also fairly unnerving for the actor. He also did all the car crash stunts in the series. Matt Damon has also done other stunts in films such as Saving Private Ryan, and Courage Under Fire.

Christian Bale

Christian Bale is no stranger to the danger of a good stunt. In Batman, he did all his own kicking, punching, and running. In Rescue Dawn he swung from a helicopter – dangerous, yes, but insane? No. What was insane was losing 63 pounds in a matter of months for his role in The Machinist. Bale went on a crash diet of nothing but coffee and apples. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll notice that his character starts out at a healthy weight, and then deteriorates. Director Brad Anderson never asked Bale to perform such a task, but in the end Bale was quoted as saying that it was “very calming mentally.” At his peak of weight loss, he tipped the scale at 121 pounds.

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan’s long list of stunts are almost equally dangerous, to the point where choosing a ‘most dangerous’ one would not do him enough justice. He got cuts, bruises, 2nd degree burns and almost paralyzed himself while shooting Police Story, injured his neck in a clock tower free-fall in Project A, cracked his head open to the point where he bled out of his ears in Armor Of God. His most dangerous stunt is one that if done wrong, would have definitely killed him. In Who Am I? he had to fight off bad guys on top of a very high building in Holland. He had to get down to the ground below using the quickest way possible – which was to slide down the side of the 21-story building (which was slanted about 45 degrees). Jackie Chan remains one of the most inspirational stuntmen in modern film.

Viggo Mortensen

In his breakthrough role as Aragorn in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen performed all of his own stunts. Peter Jackson referred to Viggo, and two other stuntmen as “the walking wounded” due to all of the injuries they sustained while filming the trilogy. While filming a fight scene, Viggo actually had one of his teeth knocked out and had it repaired over lunch, and returned to work immediately afterward. However, his most dangerous stunts were actually performed in the movie Hidalgo, where he was to race at breakneck speeds on horseback – a stunt that the professional stuntmen would not even attempt. Luckily Viggo is a skilled horseback rider and did not sustain any injuries at all during filming.

Tom Cruise

Surprisingly, Tom Cruise’s most dangerous stunt was not jumping up and down on Oprah’s sofas. Cruise has been known to do his own stunts in action movies, but in Mission: Impossible he was quite adventurous. He dodged trucks, did some extreme rock climbing and could have even drowned. In the scene where a large number of aquariums inside a restaurant were broken, shards of glass and a flood of 16 tons of water came rushing towards our dearest hero and could have easily killed him. Originally the stunt was to be done with a stuntman, but the director felt that the scene wasn’t real enough without having Cruise to do it himself, so he stepped up to the plate and pulled it off like a champ.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu is one of those guys that you poke fun of for having a lack of any emotion, expression, and most of the time, a lack of presence. That being said, Keanu is a man of action. He’s not afraid to get down and dirty to pull off a stunt. Most notably in the movie Speed, Keanu’s director, Jan de Bont, would not allow him to attempt one of the movies more dangerous stunts where Keanu’s character Traven was to jump from a car onto the bus at high speeds. However, Keanu secretly rehearsed the scene, practicing day in and day out without the director knowing – and on the day of the scene Keanu insisted on doing the stunt himself and almost gave de Bont a heart attack by executing it flawlessly.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford’s most famous roles include Han Solo from Star Wars, as well as the Indiana Jones series. As Indy, Harrison Ford was set up to do many of his own stunts. Even in the most recent Indiana Jones flick, Harrison Ford did 90% of his own stunts. Not bad for a 65 year-old man! Harrison’s stunts were only really considered dangerous because of his age, but he would repeatedly attempt the same stunt until he got it right, without taking a break.

Sylvester Stallone

Even Rambo himself can’t stop the aging process. Sylvester Stallone, at the age of 61, performed a great deal of his own stunts in the most recent Rambo movie, proving that age is only a number. Of course, his ripped physique and a lot of experience led this actor to do his own risky stunts in the entire Rambo series.

Jason Statham

You’ve seen him in movies like Snatch, The Italian Job, and The Transporter. His passion for stunt driving has lead him into some very dangerous situations, like when filming the movie Crank. Statham had to drive high-speed through the streets of LA on a motorbike – wearing nothing but a hospital gown. Had he crashed, he would have not only taken a fair bit of road-rash, but also a fair bit of public embarrassment. Statham also did his own stunts in Death Race.

Brandon Lee

Bruce Lee was a great action movie hero and a professional in martial arts. His son, Brandon Lee was following in his father’s footsteps when he died. In the movie The Crow, the stunts were not so extreme, but in the end it was an unknowingly dangerous stunt that lead to a fatal injury. In a prop malfunction, a blank bullet had been lodged into the gun and on the next trigger pull, Lee was shot. When the director yelled, “cut” Lee was unresponsive. He died hours later at the age of 28

40 More Hot Celebrities We Want to See Naked in Movies

Nudity is seen as art in some cultures — and blasphemy in others. Nudity in movies isn’t anything new, but there is always fresh meat to be had, and a hungry populace to feed. There are many celebrities that have yet to go nude on screen, and back in April 2009 we visited a list of 20 of them. Here are 40 more gorgeous celebrities we’d love to go nude on the silver screen. Keep in mind, some of these beautiful ladies have let some cheek or side-boob show before, some even fell victim to the nip-slip here and there, usually unintentionally, so we’re not counting that. We’re talking full-frontal nudity here. Let’s get started, shall we? 

Michelle Trachtenberg

Michell Trachtenberg has sure grown up since Harriet the Spy. The Daytime Emmy-nominated actress has since starred in larger roles on the silver screen — and in our fantasies. We have yet to see her in anything less than a bikini, so we’re hoping that will change soon.

Sofia Vergara

Colombian beauty Sofia Vergera has been prancing around on TV shows like Dirty Sexy Money, and though we’re not too picky, we’d like to see more. Vergera is the most downloaded Latina in the USA, thanks to Univision, but nothing would be dirtier or sexier than something more risque.

Kristen Bell

Actress Kristen Bell has been in the spotlight since her title role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, as well as the TV series Veronica Mars. She slipped a nip in the suspense film Spartan, but that doesn’t count. We want more.

Kristin Kreuk

Sweetheart Kristin Kreuk hails from the Great North and is one exotic mix. Half-Danish and half-Chinese, this Smallville star is making us cross our fingers for a peek at that pristine body.

Gemma Atkinson

Busty English model and actress Gemma Atkinson isn’t your average cat walking down the runway, sporting sexy curves. Best known for her role on English soap opera Hollyoaks, Gemma knows how to keep audiences at attention with that rack. Now, if only she’d slip that bra off.

Amanda Bynes

Funny girl Amanda Bynes has filled out since her days on Nickelodeon’s All That — and we like it. She’s been spotted quite a few times in a bikini, in roles like What I Like About You, but what we’d like about her more, is some more skin.

Nadine Velasquez

Nadine Velasquez has made Maxim’s list of the world’s sexiest women twice — and it’s not surprising with a body like hers. We’ve seen her boobs strain against the fabric of a few bikinis, and it’s thorough proof that what’s underneath is nothing short of amazing.

Ali Landry

Capturing an audience from her Doritos Super Bowl commercial, Ali Landry hasn’t left our sights since. She’s starred in a few low-key movies, like Repli-Kate, but has yet to reveal anything more than her bikini allows. And before you disagree, those breasts were not hers in Repli-Kate — they belonged to a body double.

Ali Larter

Actress Ali Larter hit the big time when she landed the role of the conflicted twins on Heroes. We’ve seen her in a scrumptious whipped-cream bikini in Varsity Blues and a nice shot of her ass in 3-Way, but we’ve yet to hit the jackpot. Seems like she’s getting warmer though.

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone posed nude for a PETA ad campaign, but unfortunately we couldn’t see any of the goods. We loved her in Clueless, with that sexpot pout, but we’d like to take a gander at her other …parts. We reviewed her scene in Miss Match where a breast is supposedly visible, but no dice, it aired on NBC. She also used a body double in The Crush.

Alyson Hannigan

Ravishing redhead Alyson Hannigan is one hot mom. Her role as the bicurious Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer truly whet our appetites, and her recurring role on How I Met Your Mother really wishes she’d let us see if the curtains match the drapes.

Alexis Bledel

This blue-eyed, dark haired beauty has had us captivated since Gilmore Girls. She was attending film school when she was nabbed for the role, which we’re thankful for — since she would have forever been behind the camera. She’s recently signed back into a modeling contract, so we have our hopes up that she’ll consider nude work. She’s already played a prostitute in Sin City, so it’s not too ridiculous a thing to hope for, right?

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks has charmed us with her sweet face and banging body — and we’ll never forget the lesbian scenes she did in Wet Hot American Summer. Something is missing though, and Sexual Life didn’t fill that void. We’re tired of nip-slips, they don’t count!

Beyonce Knowles

Singer Beyonce Knowles is bootylicious, and we love it. She’s crossed the divide and now dabbles in acting, with roles in films like  Dreamgirls and The Pink Panther — and it’s only made us want to see more of her.

Blake Lively

Though we were hoping for a lesbian scene in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, we were disappointed yet again. Drop-dead gorgeous Blake Lively still gets us hot in the pants with her current role in the rich-kid drama Gossip Girl, but has yet to do any nude scenes. Maybe one with co-star Leighton Meester? Well, we can dream.

Nikki Reed

Actress Nikki Reed hails from LA, but gets her sultry looks from a mixture of Jewish-Italian-Cherokee roots. She plays Edward Cullen’s bitchy sister, Rosalie Hale, in the Twilight saga — though you may not recognize her right away, due to her blonde locks. She’s yet to show much skin, but we’ll still keep the memories of her thong scene in Mini’s First Time.

Christine Taylor

Christine Taylor tightened our pants in A Very Brady Sequel with that bikini of hers, but we have yet to see any less — which makes us sad. We wouldn’t be surprised if husband Ben Stiller kept her from doing any nude scenes, but we sort of understand. Lucky guy.

Cobie Smulders

Smoldering hot Cobie Smulders gets us going every episode of How I Met Your Mother as Robin Scherbatsky. This Canuck cupcake was discovered as a teen by a model scout, and we’re thankful for that. What we really want though, is a nice full-on of that sculpted body.

Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku is brunette perfection. We loved the view of that perfect body on Dollhouse, but we first noticed her in Bring It On — even though she’d been acting since childhood. She has yet to do a true nude scene, and fanboys will bring up her boob flash in the flick The Alphabet Killer, but it was unintentional, and barely a nipple.

Emily Browning

Aussie hottie Emily Browning was discovered back when she was performing in school plays, but she has come a long way delighting us in films like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. So far the young star hasn’t shown anything less than her underwear, but there’s still time to bloom.

Gabrielle Union

Like Eliza, we noticed Gabrielle Union in Bring It On, and we’ve since grown to love this mocha beauty. In Bad Boys II there was a slight accidental nip slip during a back flip, but again, we’re not counting those. We want full-on.

Hayden Panettiere

Another hottie on the cast of Heroes, Hayden Panettiere made a splash with her skimpy cheerleading uniform. She’s still still young, so we expect more than the sexy scenes she’s given us so far — not that we’re complaining!

Jamie Chung

Korean-American beauty Jamie Chung was cast into the MTV reality show The Real World: San Diego, and frankly she fit the bill when it came to sleazy antics. With that said, we’re disappointed she hasn’t flashed us anything more than her panties.

Jennifer Garner

Golden Globe-award winning actress Jennifer Garner is the whole package: hot, funny, talented. She’s a mom of two little girls and is married to Ben Affleck — but we still want to see her naked. Those dimples just get us going.

Kaley Cuoco

Another actress to bloom into a gorgeous young thing, Kaley Cuoco has had a place in our fantasies since The Big Bang Theory premiered. Though we only get to see her in her underwear, it’s a glorious sight.

Katharine McPhee

Season five American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee has shot to stardom since the show’s closing. She’s released several albums, and is dabbling in acting. She played a supporting role in The House Bunny, and although we have yet to look upon that amazing body — she is just getting started.

Katherine Heigl

With a rack begging to be set free, stunner Katherine Heigl mesmerizes us. She’s a regular on Grey’s Anatomy and has starred in 27 Dresses, and apparently showed side-boob in Side Effects. We would pay to see everything she’s got. All good things…

Katy Perry

Santa Barbara, California native Katy Perry kissed a girl — and she liked it. She rose to fame with her drop-dead looks and her dance hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, we can all agree that we’d like to see her topless, at least.

Lindsay Lohan

Say what you want about Lindsay Lohan, but she has a great rack, gorgeous natural red hair, and adorable freckles. She’s blessed us with her curves in magazine spreads and on the silver screen — albeit with at least underwear on. She’s already taken the first step to peeling it all off on screen, let’s hope she jumps on it.

Mandy Moore

When we think of Mandy Moore, we think of America’s sweetheart. She’s tried to lose some of her sweet side, in getting away from wholesome flicks, but it sticks with her. At the moment, the most you can catch is a split-second side-boob in How to Deal. We wish we didn’t have to deal with only that.

Odette Yustman

Odette Yustman started her acting career out next to Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop, and has blossomed into a lovely Latina goddess. You can catch her wet and undies-clad in The Unborn, until we get her to take off more of her clothes.

Christina Hendricks

Ravishing redhead Christina Hendricks has us all panting at the sight of her assets. Buxom and talented, she’s graced several TV shows, including Tru Calling, Mad Men, and Firefly. She’s just fine with being sexy and prancing around in underwear, but she just needs to let those puppies breathe. We won’t tell anyone.

Eriko Tamura

Known stateside from a small role in Heroes as the swordsmith’s daughter, Princess Yaeko, and more recently cast as the leading role of Mai in Dragonball Evolution, Eriko Tamura is a hot commodity in Japan. She has a full-fledged music career in her native country and also speaks English, German and Japanese fluently. We’d like her to be fluent in nudity as well.

Sarah Chalke

Blonde beauty Sarah Chalke has graced our televisions for about ten years now, and we’re nowhere near tired of her. Another Canadian actress on the list, it seems that they produce some alarmingly hot women up there. Maybe this Scrubs star would be willing to get together with her Canadian counterparts and help us out by showing more skin.

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman is talented, it goes without saying, and she’s one of the funniest women in the business. We take her seriously not only because of her brilliant mind, but because she’s one dark beauty that can’t be ignored. She’s already done a shoot with Maxim, so there’s not much left to take off.

Sarah Roemer

American actress and model Sarah Roemer is best known for her flicks Fired Up, Disturbia, and Asylum. Especially the latter, since there was a clip of her butt and breasts. Don’t get excited though, it was more side-boob.

Summer Glau

Summer Glau has undeniable classic beauty that we’d like to get our hands on. She caught Joss Whedon’s eye after guest-starring in an episode of Angel and has since been cast in Firefly, The 4400 The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse. Another beautiful woman we’ve only seen in a bikini, we can only hope for less.

Ellen Page

You may remember the cute Ellen Page from the hit Juno, where she played a knocked-up teen dealing with the consequences. Putting that image out of our mind, we’re left with the petite brunette’s flash of boob and ass crack in The Tracey Fragments. Though it’s not all we’d like to see, we’ll take it as we get it.

Yvonne Strahovski

Born in Australia of Polish parents, Yvonne Strahovski has taken the US by storm with her talent and looks. She currently stars in the TV series Chuck, and the most skin we’ve seen from her is when she wears her underwear. Although she’s relatively new to the scene, we’re hoping she fits right in, and takes it all off.

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana has been around for a while, but has recently gained superstardom with roles like Uhura in the new Star Trek and Neytiri in Avatar. This Dominican beauty has definitely captured the hearts of many a geek, and although we appreciate the underwear scenes we’ve seen — we can’t get enough.