Thursday, March 6, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Crystal Clear Stunt Doubles

The much anticipated fourth installment to Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, promises a lot of action. But, as Harrison Fords character clearly puts it in the trailer, "It's not as easy as it used to be." That quote may be closer to the truth during the shoot of the movie, though it's been rumored Ford had wanted to do most of the stunts, like in the old days.

In the last movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy gets caught between a tank and a wall of earth, it was obvious, even with the purposely distorted face of the actor, that it wasn't Harrison Ford doing the stunt. It was in fact Vic Monroe Armstrong (left), his stunt double. As a veteran stunt coordinator, he is not famous for doubling for Timothy Dalton in the movie Flash Gordon, and as Superman in place of Christopher Reeve in Superman 2. Armstrong is also an accomplished film director.

It was said, during filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark, that Armstrong looked so much like Ford that people often confused the two. But maybe it's just the costume. There were two other stunt doubles, anyhow. But Ford was actually the one who acted in the choreographed fight scenes, claiming that there wouldn't have been much else for him to do if he "wasn't in the thick of it" during filming. Well, the story may be different for the filming of this latest Indiana Jones movie, and it's mildly hinted at with some humor about aging.

You'd expect that Armstrong would still be Ford's double (or head stunt coordinator) in the latest adventure film, but no. He had to bow out because of previous commitment to shooting The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Someone else had to play fall guy, and Dan Bradley was chosen. So, who's Dan Bradley? He's probably one of the Indiana Jones's pictured in the series of movie stills in this post (below), but we movie fans can only guess. It could be any other unnamed stunt guy. Which ones do you think is the real Ford?

Click here for a video of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg working together with Harrision Ford in the movie.

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Patrick Roberts said...

it's gonna be tough to match or even come close to the quality and originality of the original Indiana Jones'