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justira:

Reblogging not just because special effects are cool but because body doubles, stunt doubles, acting doubles, talent doubles — all the people whose faces we’re not supposed to see but whose bodies make movies and tv shows possible — these people need and deserve more recognition. We see their bodies onscreen, delight in the shape and motion of those bodies, but even as we pick apart everything else that goes on both on and behind the screen, I just don’t see the people who are those bodies getting the love and recognition they deserve.

We’re coming to love and recognize actors who work in full-body makeup/costumes, such as Andy Serkis, or actors whose entire performances, or large chunks thereof, are motion captured or digitized (lately sometimes also Andy Serkis!). But people like Leander Deeny play an enormous part in making characters such as Steve Rogers come to life, too. Body language is a huge part of a performance and of characterization. For characters/series with a lot of action, a stunt person can have a huge influence on how we read and interpret a character, such as the influence Heidi Moneymaker has had on the style and choreography of Black Widow’s signature fighting style. Talent doubles breathe believability and discipline-specific nuance into demanding storylines.

Actors are creative people themselves, and incredibly important in building the characters we see onscreen. But if we agree that they’re more than dancing monkeys who just do whatever the directors/writers say, then we have to agree that doubles are more than that, too. Doubles make creative decisions too, and often form strong, mutually supportive relationship with actors.

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Image 1: “I would like to thank Kathryn Alexandre, the most generous actor I’ve ever worked opposite.”

Image 2: “Kathryn who’s playing my double who’s incredible.”

[ Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany on her acting double, Kathryn Alexandre, two images from a set on themarysue, via lifeofkj ]

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I’ve got a relationship that goes back many, many years with Dave. And I would hate for people to just see that image of me and Dave and go, “oh, there’s Dan Radcliffe with a person in a wheelchair.” Because I would never even for a moment want them to assume that Dave was anything except for an incredibly important person in my life.

[ Daniel Radcliffe talking about David Holmes, his stunt double for 2001-2009, who was paralysed while working on the Harry Potter films. David Holmes relates his story here. Gifset via smeagoled ]

With modern tv- and film-making techniques, many characters are composite creations. The characters we see onscreen or onstage have always been team efforts, with writers, directors, makeup artists, costume designers, special effects artists, production designers, and many other people all contributing to how a character is ultimately realized in front of us. Many different techniques go into something like the creation of Skinny Steve — he’s no more all Leander Deeny than he is all Chris Evans.

But as fandom dissects the anatomy of scenes in ever-increasing detail to get at microexpressions and the minutiae of body language, let’s recognize the anatomy in the scenes, too. I don’t mean to take away from the work Chris Evans or any other actors do (he is an amazing Steve Rogers and I love him tons), but fandom needs to do better in recognizing the bodies, the other people, who make up the characters we love and some of our very favourite shots of them. Chris Evans has an amazing body, but so does Leander Deeny — that body is beautiful; that body mimicked Chris Evans’s motions with amazing, skilled precision; that body moved Steve Rogers with emotion and grace and character.

Fandom should do better than productions and creators who fail to be transparent about the doubles in their productions. On the screen, suspension of disbelief is key and the goal is to make all the effort that went into the production vanish and leave only the product itself behind. But when the film is over and the episode ends, let’s remember everyone who helped make that happen.

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[ Sam Hargrave (stunt double for Chris Evans) and James Young (stunt double for Sebastian Stan, and fight choreographer), seen from behind, exchange a fistbump while in costume on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Image via lifeofkj ]

I applaud these guys as much as the suit actors in my japanese tokusatsu shows. They do just as much work. 

(Source: stark-industries-rnd)

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Films Watched in 2014 - 48/???
Locke (2014) - Steven Knight (4/5)
"Tom Hardy in a car for 75 minutes" is a LOT better than it seems at first glance. A lesser actor than Hardy would not have been able to pull this off, and Knight is clearly skilled enough to properly deal with the stellar material (that he also wrote). I’d say more, but I don’t want to get too much into the plot.

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Locke (2014) - Steven Knight (4/5)

"Tom Hardy in a car for 75 minutes" is a LOT better than it seems at first glance. A lesser actor than Hardy would not have been able to pull this off, and Knight is clearly skilled enough to properly deal with the stellar material (that he also wrote). I’d say more, but I don’t want to get too much into the plot.

thefandomtolllbooth:

antoinetriplett:

jolivet:

spaceman-v-spiff:

nescientes:

novacayyn:

carry-on-my-otp:

If Stuntmen from the old movies don’t have your full respect then I just don’t know what to say to you

l tried really hard not to reblog this

Yeah, it is indeed really hard not to reblog a fucking thing.

Can we all agree that the man in the first gif is the manliest man in the world?

Are we just going to all silently acknowledge that the last guy is clearly dead and that we just saw him die. 

HOLD UP FOR A SECOND

ALL OF THESE GIFS ARE ONE MAN

THE SINGULAR BUSTER KEATON

WHILE FILMING THE GENERAL

HE SNAPPED HIS NECK ON THE RAILROAD TIES AND WENT HOME AND ICED HIS BODY

AND CAME BACK FOR WORK THE NEXT DAY

HE ONCE GOT HIS HIP RIPPED OUT OF ITS SOCKET BY A MALFUNCTIONING ELEVATOR AND WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH HIMSELF FOR BEING INJURED

HE ONCE HAD TO FALL 100 FEET DOWN A WATERFALL INTO A NET

A STUNTMAN TESTED IT AND BROKE BOTH LEGS AND DISLOCATED HIS SHOULDER

BUSTER DID THE STUNT ANYWAY AND LANDED WITHOUT A SCRATCH

IN ‘THE HIGH DIVE’

BUSTER DID A TRICK DIVE THROUGH A CARDBOARD DECK THAT WAS CAMOUFLAGED TO LOOK LIKE THE REAL DECK

ONLY HE COULDN’T TELL FROM 100 FEET UP WHERE THE CARDBOARD STOPPED AND THE REAL DECK STARTED AND THERE WAS ONLY LIKE A THREE FOOT MARGIN FOR ERROR

AND WHEN HE HESITATED A SUDDEN BREEZE LITERALLY KNOCKED HIM OFF THE DIVING BOARD AND HE HAD TO JUMP ANYWAY

AND HE MISSED THE REAL DECK BY LESS THAN A FOOT BUT HE MADE IT

IN THE SECOND GIF HE’S RECREATING SOMETHING THAT THE ACTUAL GENERAL PURSUERS HAD TO DO IN THE CIVIL WAR

IF HE MISSES THAT TIE

THE TRAIN WILL BE DERAILED AND HE WILL DIE IN THE EXPLOSION

IN THE THIRD GIF AN ENTIRE HOUSE IS FALLING HE HAS ONE TAKE AND IF HE HAS NOT DONE THE CALCULATIONS CORRECTLY HE WILL BE CRUSHED

HE HAS AN INCH-WIDE MARGIN ON EACH SIDE

AND THE HOUSE LITERALLY BRUSHES HIS LEFT SHOULDER ON THE WAY DOWN

YOU CAN SEE HIS LEFT ARM JUMP BECAUSE HE’S FLINCHING FROM THE PAIN

THAT LAST GIF

HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MAKE THAT JUMP

HE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO FALL AND THEY HADNT PLANNED FOR IT

BUT HE SURVIVED

BUSTER KEATON SURVIVED 100% OF THINGS THAT WOULD HAVE KILLED LESSER MEN INCLUDING WWI, TORNADOS, HOUSEFIRES, ALCOHOLISM, BROKEN NETS, CRUSHING DEPRESSION, THE DEPRESSION ITSELF, THE MCCARTHY WITCHHUNTS, THE END OF SILENT CINEMA, AND ABOUT 900 MORE OF THE STUNTS YOU SEE ABOVE

BUSTER LIVED TO BE 70 YEARS OLD

FATHERED LIKE FOUR KIDS AND EIGHT GRANDKIDS

HE CAME OUT THE OTHER SIDE OF ALL THAT

THINKING THAT LIFE WAS GOOD AND PEOPLE WERE WONDERFUL

BUSTER KEATON IS NOT JUST A STUNTMAN

HE IS A GODDAMN SAINT

BUSTER KEATON’S PARENTS WERE PART OF A TRAVELING SHOW.

THEY WERE ACROBATS.

THEY TOOK BABY BUSTER UP HIGH IN THE AIR WITH THEM.

THEY DROPPED HIM.

LUCKILY SOMEONE WHO WAS STANDING UNDER THEM CAUGHT BABY BUSTER.

THAT MAN WAS HARRY HOUDINI. 

HARRY HOUDINI SAVED BUSTER KEATON’S LIFE.

if you don’t think that’s the coolest shit you can get right out.

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Films Watched in 2014 - 47/???
Robocop (2014) - Jose Padilha (2/5)
There’s a surprising amount of wooden acting, trite dialogue, superfluous/annoying characters, and scenes that go/come out of nowhere (as well as an opening scene that makes you wonder how the rest of the movie is able to happen), but it’s no less enjoyable to watch Jackson essentially play Bill O’Reilly.

Films Watched in 2014 - 47/???

Robocop (2014) - Jose Padilha (2/5)

There’s a surprising amount of wooden acting, trite dialogue, superfluous/annoying characters, and scenes that go/come out of nowhere (as well as an opening scene that makes you wonder how the rest of the movie is able to happen), but it’s no less enjoyable to watch Jackson essentially play Bill O’Reilly.

Films Watched in 2014 - 46/???
Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014) - Jay Oliva & Ethan Spaulding (4/5)
Yeah, I’ll say it: I LIKED IT MORE THAN GUARDIANS. I don’t know how the DC Animated crew is able to (almost) consistently put out such quality pictures, especially compared to the non-Nolanverse films. The Suicide Squad even gets more screentime than the Caped Crusader himself, but that doesn’t mean you don’t root for him every second he’s giving them a richly-deserved beating. Bringing back the team of Conroy and Pounder really anchors the film, especially in addition to Troy Baker’s near-perfect Mark Hamill Joker impression (not to mention Matthew Gray Gubler’s spectacular Riddler performance). There were a couple lines that seemed off, and I’m still not loving the new art style, but it’s a small price to pay when the writing’s still this good.

Liz before the movie: “Let me find my knitting before we start; I’m not really excited about this Batman cartoon.”
Liz after the movie: “THAT WAS REALLY GOOD.”

Films Watched in 2014 - 46/???

Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014) - Jay Oliva & Ethan Spaulding (4/5)

Yeah, I’ll say it: I LIKED IT MORE THAN GUARDIANS. I don’t know how the DC Animated crew is able to (almost) consistently put out such quality pictures, especially compared to the non-Nolanverse films. The Suicide Squad even gets more screentime than the Caped Crusader himself, but that doesn’t mean you don’t root for him every second he’s giving them a richly-deserved beating. Bringing back the team of Conroy and Pounder really anchors the film, especially in addition to Troy Baker’s near-perfect Mark Hamill Joker impression (not to mention Matthew Gray Gubler’s spectacular Riddler performance). There were a couple lines that seemed off, and I’m still not loving the new art style, but it’s a small price to pay when the writing’s still this good.

Liz before the movie: “Let me find my knitting before we start; I’m not really excited about this Batman cartoon.”

Liz after the movie: “THAT WAS REALLY GOOD.”

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Films Watched in 2014 - 45/???
Boyhood (2014) - Richard Linklater (4/5)
While it seemed tropey at first, I realized as the films went on that the relatively commonplace events I was seeing onscreen were being depicted to demonstrate the universality of the story. This kid, who we see through a remarkable and unique filming process become a man in almost every way, could be absolutely any of us, and that’s where the true beauty of the film lies. Hawke, Arquette, and the young Ellar Coltrane all provide superb performances, so there’s absolutely no finding fault in the main performances; the director’s daughter, in the role of the main character’s sister, even provides a rewarding performance. The dialogue can seem a little on-the-nose, but it’s all very naturalistic in the end.

Films Watched in 2014 - 45/???

Boyhood (2014) - Richard Linklater (4/5)

While it seemed tropey at first, I realized as the films went on that the relatively commonplace events I was seeing onscreen were being depicted to demonstrate the universality of the story. This kid, who we see through a remarkable and unique filming process become a man in almost every way, could be absolutely any of us, and that’s where the true beauty of the film lies. Hawke, Arquette, and the young Ellar Coltrane all provide superb performances, so there’s absolutely no finding fault in the main performances; the director’s daughter, in the role of the main character’s sister, even provides a rewarding performance. The dialogue can seem a little on-the-nose, but it’s all very naturalistic in the end.

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raybolger:

Robin was an incredibly funny man who unfortunately left us today. I honestly am person who thinks that the best way to appreciate someone who contributed so much to the world is to appreciate what they brought into it. So, I thought I would help you by providing some links. I really hope he has found some peace. I couldn’t find The Crazy Ones or season 3 and 4 of Mork & Mindy, I apologize, huns.

FilmsCan I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?(1977) // Popeye(1980) // The World According to Garp(1982) // The Survivors(1983) // Moscow on the Hudson(1984) // Seize the Day(1986) // Club Paradise(1986) // The Best of Times(1986) // Good Morning, Vietnam(1987) // The Adventures of Baron Munchausen(1988) // Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill(1988) // Dead Poets Society(1989) // I’m from Hollywood(1989) // Cadillac Man(1990) // Awakenings(1990) // Back to Neverland(1990) // Dead Again(1991) // The Fisher King(1991) // Hook(1991) // Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship(1991) // Toys(1992) // Aladdin(1992) // FernGully: The Last Rainforest(1992) // Shakes the Clown(1992) // Mrs. Doubtfire(1993) // Being Human(1994) // Jumanji(1995) // To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar(1995) // Nine Months(1995) // Aladdin and the King of Thieves(1996) // Hamlet(1996) // The Secret Agent(1996) // Jack(1996) // The Birdcage(1996) // Good Will Hunting(1997) // Flubber(1997) // Deconstructing Harry(1997) // Fathers’ Day(1997) // Patch Adams(1998) // Junket Whore(1998) // What Dreams May Come(1998) // Bicentennial Man(1999) // Jakob the Liar(1999) // Model Behavior(2000) // A.I. Artificial Intelligence(2001) // Insomnia(2002) // Death to Smoochy(2002) // One Hour Photo(2002) // Noel(2004) // House of D(2004) // The Final Cut(2004) // The Big White(2005) // Robots(2005) // The Aristocrats(2005) // Man of the Year(2006) // Night at the Museum(2006) // Happy Feet(2006) // Everyone’s Hero(2006) // RV(2006) // The Night Listener(2006) // License to Wed(2007) // August Rush(2007) // Shrink(2009) // World’s Greatest Dad(2009) // Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian(2009) // Old Dogs(2009) // Happy Feet Two(2011) // The Big Wedding(2013) // The Face of Love(2013) // The Butler(2013)
Stand UpLive at the Roxy(1978) // An Evening with Robin Williams(1982) // Live at the Met(1986) // Robin Williams: Live on Broadway(2002)  // Weapons of Self Destruction(2009)
Mork & Mindyseason 1: Pilot // Mork Moves In // Mork Runs Away // Mork in Love // Mork’s Seduction // Mork Goes Public // To Tell The Truth // Mork the Gullible // A Mommy for Morky // Mork’s Greatest Hits // Old Fears // Mork’s First Christmas // Mork and the Immigrant // Mork the Tolerant // Young Love // Snowflakes Keep Dancing on my Head // Mork Goes Erk // Yes Sir, That’s my Baby // Mork’s Mixed Emotions // Mork’s Night Out // In Mork We Trust // Mork Runs Down // It’s a Wonderful Mork // Mork’s Best Friendseason 2: Mork in Wonderland // Stark Raving Mork // Mork’s Baby Blues // Dr. Morkenstein // Mork vs. Mindy // Mork Gets Mindy-itis // A Morkville Horror // Mork’s Health Hints // Dial ‘N’ for Nelson // Mork vs the Necrotons // Hold That Mork // The Exidor Affair // The Mork Syndrome // Exidor’s Wedding // A Mommy for Mindy // The Night They Raided Mind-ski’s // Mork Learns to See // Mork’s Vacation // Jeanie Loves Mork // Little Orphan Morkie // Looney Tunes and Morkie Melodies // Clerical Error // Invasion of the Mork Snatchers // The Way Mork Were
The Richard Pryor ShowEpisode 1 // Episode 2 // Episode 3 // Episode 4

raybolger:

Robin was an incredibly funny man who unfortunately left us today. I honestly am person who thinks that the best way to appreciate someone who contributed so much to the world is to appreciate what they brought into it. So, I thought I would help you by providing some links. I really hope he has found some peace.
I couldn’t find The Crazy Ones or season 3 and 4 of Mork & Mindy, I apologize, huns.

Films
Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?(1977) // Popeye(1980) // The World According to Garp(1982) // The Survivors(1983) // Moscow on the Hudson(1984) // Seize the Day(1986) // Club Paradise(1986) // The Best of Times(1986) // Good Morning, Vietnam(1987) // The Adventures of Baron Munchausen(1988) // Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill(1988) // Dead Poets Society(1989) // I’m from Hollywood(1989) // Cadillac Man(1990) // Awakenings(1990) // Back to Neverland(1990) // Dead Again(1991) // The Fisher King(1991) // Hook(1991) // Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship(1991) // Toys(1992) // Aladdin(1992) // FernGully: The Last Rainforest(1992) // Shakes the Clown(1992) // Mrs. Doubtfire(1993) // Being Human(1994) // Jumanji(1995) // To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar(1995) // Nine Months(1995) // Aladdin and the King of Thieves(1996) // Hamlet(1996) // The Secret Agent(1996) // Jack(1996) // The Birdcage(1996) // Good Will Hunting(1997) // Flubber(1997) // Deconstructing Harry(1997) // Fathers’ Day(1997) // Patch Adams(1998) // Junket Whore(1998) // What Dreams May Come(1998) // Bicentennial Man(1999) // Jakob the Liar(1999) // Model Behavior(2000) // A.I. Artificial Intelligence(2001) // Insomnia(2002) // Death to Smoochy(2002) // One Hour Photo(2002) // Noel(2004) // House of D(2004) // The Final Cut(2004) // The Big White(2005) // Robots(2005) // The Aristocrats(2005) // Man of the Year(2006) // Night at the Museum(2006) // Happy Feet(2006) // Everyone’s Hero(2006) // RV(2006) // The Night Listener(2006) // License to Wed(2007) // August Rush(2007) // Shrink(2009) // World’s Greatest Dad(2009) // Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian(2009) // Old Dogs(2009) // Happy Feet Two(2011) // The Big Wedding(2013) // The Face of Love(2013) // The Butler(2013)

Stand Up
Live at the Roxy(1978) // An Evening with Robin Williams(1982) // Live at the Met(1986) // Robin Williams: Live on Broadway(2002)  // Weapons of Self Destruction(2009)

Mork & Mindy
season 1Pilot // Mork Moves In // Mork Runs Away // Mork in Love // Mork’s Seduction // Mork Goes Public // To Tell The Truth // Mork the Gullible // A Mommy for Morky // Mork’s Greatest Hits // Old Fears // Mork’s First Christmas // Mork and the Immigrant // Mork the Tolerant // Young Love // Snowflakes Keep Dancing on my Head // Mork Goes Erk // Yes Sir, That’s my Baby // Mork’s Mixed Emotions // Mork’s Night Out // In Mork We Trust // Mork Runs Down // It’s a Wonderful Mork // Mork’s Best Friend
season 2Mork in Wonderland // Stark Raving Mork // Mork’s Baby Blues // Dr. Morkenstein // Mork vs. Mindy // Mork Gets Mindy-itis // A Morkville Horror // Mork’s Health Hints // Dial ‘N’ for Nelson // Mork vs the Necrotons // Hold That Mork // The Exidor Affair // The Mork Syndrome // Exidor’s Wedding // A Mommy for Mindy // The Night They Raided Mind-ski’s // Mork Learns to See // Mork’s Vacation // Jeanie Loves Mork // Little Orphan Morkie // Looney Tunes and Morkie Melodies // Clerical Error // Invasion of the Mork Snatchers // The Way Mork Were

The Richard Pryor Show
Episode 1 // Episode 2 // Episode 3 // Episode 4

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egberts:

did anyone ever find out why daniel radcliffe was walking all those dogs

He’s got a cameo appearance in the new Apatow movie Trainwreck that Apatow co-wrote with Amy Schumer. It’s got a spectacular cast and might be my second enjoyed Apatow film (besides Funny People).

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