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The 10 Best Actors Who Perform Their Own Stunts

The action genre is an incredibly demanding genre, at least for stunt performers. Whether it’s performing impressive fight choreography, stunt driving, leaping off of buildings, or in some cases, free-falling 25,000 feet, the action genre truly requires the most hardened individuals. However, instead of giving the stunt performers all the hard work, there are some actors who say “Hold my beer”, and perform these stunts themselves.

This in turn immerses audiences into the flick even more and enhances our experience with the film. So with that in mind, here are the 10 best actors who perform their own stunts.

10 Tom Holland

Tom Holland as Spider-Man in Spider-Man No Way Home

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With a past in gymnastics and dance, Tom Holland is an incredibly agile and flexible human being. Besides, who better to play Spider-Man than someone who can in actually move like him in real life? For the majority of the MCU, Tom Holland would perform his own stunts. Whether he is performing a backflip, or getting rigged to wires, Holland was not afraid to put in the work.
Yes, he does have stunt doubles, for the stunts that may actually kill him. But we’ve got to give the guy props for doing most of the work.
Related: MCU: The Best Acting Performances in the Franchise, Ranked

9 Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Paramount Pictures

Another MCU actor who performs the majority of his stunts, is none other than Jeremy Renner. In all of his movies, whether it’s for the MCU, Mission: Impossible, or even Bourne: Legacy, Renner would usually perform 99% of his own stunts.
With that, the actor has suffered some major injuries on set. During a candid interview, Joss Whedon claimed that Renner suffered a serious injury, forcing his whole body to shut down, forcing the director to postpone production and shoot the scene a few weeks later. Most famously, however, when performing a stunt in Tag, of all movies, Renner broke both of his arms, which is the reason Hawkeye doesn’t show up in Infinity War.
Sadly, Renner suffered life-threatening injuries after his snow plow accident on January 1st. Since then, Renner revealed in an interview with Dianne Sawyer that it’s “okay” that his stunts are now done by the professionals. We would rather Renner be safe, than risk his life for the art anymore. Renner’s previous stunt work is incredibly impressive, and treasured.

8 Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez Universal Pictures 

Michelle Rodriguez is one of the most badass female action stars there is. Starring in franchises like Fast and Furious, Resident Evil, Avatar, and now Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Rodriguez has had a vast and deeply impressive career in the action genre. A career that is only exemplified by her will to perform her own stunts.
Rodriguez adores cars. She has a vast history and love for these vehicles, which allowed her to become an incredibly proficient driver. With that, what better franchise to join than the Fast and Furious franchise? In said franchise, Rodriguez performs the majority of car stunts you see on screen.
To make Rodriguez even cooler, the actress has gone through numerous gun training courses, as well as building up approximately 20 pounds of muscle for the role in Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.

7 Jason Statham

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Veteran action star and martial artist, Jason Statham is one of the best in the business. He’s starred in some of the biggest action franchises of all time, including Fast and Furious, Crank, The Expendables, and The Transporter movies. The actor has a vast history with Chinese martial arts, kick-boxing, and karate, which he infuses into his fight scenes which, unsurprisingly, he performs himself. On top of this, the British action star went through rigorous stunt driving training for his role in The Transporter. Skills he then brought into the Fast and Furious franchise.

6 Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in a scene from Temple of Doom Paramount Pictures

No actor has played more iconic characters than Harrison Ford. Whether it’s Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Rick Deckard, the President, or Jack Ryan, Ford’s filmography and sheer number of iconic roles are incredibly impressive. But perhaps arguably his best, is Indiana Jones. At least from a stunt standpoint. Although Ford didn’t perform the larger stunts, he did however perform most of them, such as the iconic boulder chase. Now, at 81 years of age, the actor is still putting the effort in and performed a surprising number of his own stunts in 2023’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

5 Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron has been killing it in the action genre. Her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde, and the Netflix original action movie, The Old Guard, are Theron at her best. The star goes through extensive training for her fight scenes, and performs the majority of her stunts. Her action movie prowess is faultless.

4 Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves is one of the most committed performers in the history of action cinema. His fondness for martial arts allowed him to shine in movies like The Matrix, leading him to eventually direct his own martial arts movie, the Man of Tai Chi, one of the most underrated movies in the subgenre.
However, all of his past roles are nothing compared to his time as John Wick. Reeves performs 99% of the stunts in the movies, and trust us when we say, that’s a lot of work. The sheer number of action scenes in this franchise is mighty, and Reeves performs all the gun-fu, throws, and kills himself. Likewise, Reeves’ love of bikes makes him an awesome motorcyclist. On top of this, Reeves is an impressive stunt driver and could even put Dominic Toretto to shame.
Related: The Best Modern Day Action Stars, Ranked

3 Buster Keaton

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Although Buster Keaton is more of a comedian than an action star, he was one of the very first actors to ever perform stunts on screen, and these stunts are incredibly impressive and dangerous. More than 100 years ago, Keaton was high diving off incredibly large infrastructures, rolling down steep hills, being swept away in some vicious rapids, and having the front of a house fall and miraculously not kill him.
Back then, there were very limited safety precautions, and Keaton was injured more times than we can count. But perhaps his most infamous injury is when he broke his neck, when a torrent of water fell on him from a water tower, during the railroad water tank sequence in Sherlock Jr. Buster Keaton is and will always be one of the best to ever do it.

2 Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in Mission impossible Paramount Pictures

What is there to say about Tom Cruise that hasn’t already been said? The man is a legend. Cruise has performed some of the biggest stunts in history. In the Mission: Impossible franchise alone, he has hung on the side of an airplane during take-off, free fallen 25,000 feet, dangled off the bottom of a moving helicopter, and in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part One, drove a motorcycle off a cliff in order to parasail through the French Alps.
Cruise has a license to drive, fly, and pilot almost every vehicle imaginable. Car, bike, helicopter, and nearly every type of airplane imaginable. Cruise has nearly died too many times to count, but nothing will ever stop this machine of a human from doing his own stunts.

1 Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan hugs the walls in Rush Hour 3 New Line Cinema

Jackie Chan is without question the best to do it. Not only is he one of the best martial artists in the world, he has also performed some of the deadliest stunts in history. He has fallen off a clock tower, slid down a terrifyingly large building, hung onto the side of a moving bus, jumped from a parking garage, fell from a tree, slid down a pole through planes of glass, and fell onto a bed of coals. A lesser person would never have attempted any of these stunts, but this is Jackie Chan we are talking about.
Chan has suffered perhaps the most traumatic, dangerous, and life-threatening injuries in the history of movies. He has fractured every bone in his body several times; he’s suffered severe burns, electrocution, countless concussions, and like Mr. Cruise, has nearly died an insurmountable number of times.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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