We live in an age of prima donna movie stars and lots and lots of CGI. There was once a time when actors were okay with putting their bodies on the line for the sake of their art, but now it's rare to see that. Being a stunt man or woman has become a legitimate profession for celebrity doppelgangers and people who love a good adrenaline rush. So today we're going to recognize a few actors and actresses who are known for their work doing stunts themselves, opting to not use a body double or stunt man/woman.
This is probably the most obvious one that I'll mention as Tom Cruise has been doing this for years. Say what you will about his life out of film, as even I think he might just be insane, but his work on the big screen is unparalleled. Cruise is notorious for showing his guts doing stunts that make you want to say, "how did he do that?"
Jackie Chan is another beloved actor who has been doing this stuff for years. Having been in the movie business since the 70s, Jackie Chan is no stranger to dangerous stunts. Though Tom Cruise is the most famous in America, Chan is recognized much more around the world. Take a look at some of his best work!
Jolie is one of the few ladies in Hollywood who is known for doing her own stunts. Though she hasn't done anything extremely physically demanding of late, we won't soon forget the work she did in films like Wanted, the Lara Croft films, and Salt. Above is some of her work from Salt.
Last but not least, is the great Jason Statham. This guy can do it all. Did you know this man once competed in the Olympics as a diver when he was younger? Eventually he got into modeling, and then got some small roles and the rest is history. Over the years he has given us some spectacular stunts to watch on screen and here are some of his coolest scenes involving stuntwork and otherwise just great moments.
Are there any other actors or actresses you would add here? Let me know and comment below!