You may have seen films such as "Knight and Day" and "Harry Potter," or watched television series' like "The Walking Dead" and "Batman." They're action packed, entertaining, and star some of the biggest names in the industry.
But of course, there's a ton of behind-the-scenes action we don't see, like the faces of our favorite action heroes' stunt doubles.
Because someone has to fight the bad guys — right?
Bobby Holland Hanton
Perhaps you know a man named Bond, James Bond, and perhaps you've seen Daniel Craig's latest film, "Spectre."
But did you know Bobby Holland Hanton is behind some of Craig's coolest Bond stunts?
In "Quantum of Solace," a James Bond film released in 2008, Hanton performed "his craziest stunt," jumping across balconies sans wires or safety equipment.
"It was a risky move, but Hanton says it was his make-or-break moment, and his chance to prove that he was capable of performing high-level stunts," Business Insider reports.
And a risky move it was. But in the film, the stunt looks effortless — just as it should be.
You can also catch Hanton in top films like "Avengers: Age of Ultron,"
Janene Carleton, a killer stunt double for actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Jessica Biel, has been working for over ten years, according to Cosmopolitan.
"You often hear viewers arguing over who did the action in a scene: the actor or the stunt double," Carleton tells Cosmopolitan. "And the truth is that very often we both do it," she adds, putting the argument to rest.
Moreover, she tells the publication that she and another stuntman were legitimately set on fire for a difficult scene in the film "Afghan Knights."
Using fire gel and a protective jumpsuit, the actress said it turned out OK — with one exception:
"The fire gel that day just happened to slip off my eyelashes, and they got singed. I lost all the eyelashes on my left eye, and I looked pretty weird for a little while," Carleton said.
If you've seen films such as "Project X," "Iron Man 2," "The Bourne Legacy," or "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," then you've probably seen Katie Eischen showcasing her hard-hitting stunt-doubling talents.
Eischen, whose long list of work includes television, too (think "True Blood," "Modern Family," "Criminal Minds," "CSI NY," "Revenge," and "NCIS," to name a few), has a stunt reel filled with badassery that makes a regular-ol' gym workout look like a walk in the park.
"I have a few projects that I've worked on that have been very cool and even life-changing for me," Eischen tells A Plus in an email. She notes working on "The Bourne Legacy" was one of the best experiences she's had yet.
"We shot out in Manila, Philippines for 2 months, and it was so amazing to see and learn more about a culture that is so different from ours," Eischen says. She adds that she and some other members of the stunt crew connected with an orphanage that supported young girls "physically, mentally, and spiritually" through college.
"My husband and I still support them to this day, because we believe in what they are doing out there."
Moreover, as a stunt double, Eischen embodies not just a character, but the actor playing that character.
"I [really have to] watch how the actress moves, walks, runs, and even her mannerisms. Sometimes the character she is playing can be completely different than who she is naturally as a person, and I have to be sure and read as much of the sides or script as possible so I can match her movement. My job is to make sure the action matches who the character is in the script," Eischen says.
And some of the stunts she's performed have been pretty unbelievable.
"I would have to say doing the 125-foot decelerator high fall in a wedding dress on the TV show "Body of Proof" would be up there on my list of pretty amazing stunts I've gotten to do…The first few times doing [the] stunt [was] definitely a rush! But then it was just more and more fun, and I am reminded of how blessed I am to have the job that I have," Eischen says.
Eischen now works on CBS' "Supergirl," performing a lot of wire work and fight stunts. It's a team she feels incredibly fortunate to work with.
All in all, "the idea of getting to continue doing all the sports I love while expanding my knowledge for a career made [being a stunt double] a dream come true," Eischen adds.
In "Jurassic World" (2015), Chris Pratt dodges dangerous dinosaurs, including the ever notorious Tyrannosaurus rex, of course.
Yet we mustn't forget Pratt's stunt double, Tony McFarr, who certainly had a few close encounters with the dinos too.
McFarr, most notably known for films such as "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1."
"You never know what your next job holds in store, or who you will meet. It always makes for some good times though," McFarr's website reads.
McFarr's impressive stunt reel features aggressive fight scenes, incredible jumps, and even some underwater work. Moreover, his long list of skills includes combat stage fighting, sword work, high falls, and fire blowing.
That said, we're not surprised "Jurassic World" cast McFarr to take on the dinosaurs — it's got to be a lot to handle.
So next time you watch that crazy stunt from your favorite movie, see if you can tell what's really going on behind the scenes.
You can also watch Eischen's awesome stunt reel below: