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The Fight To End Stuntmen Doubling For Women

The practice is called wigging: stuntmen don wigs and women’s clothing to resemble female actors while filming risky action scenes. Camera angles, special effects and editing preserve the illusion that it is a pulchritudinous star leaping off a building or driving through a window...

The Stuntwomen Working to Change the Face of the Entertainment Industry

It's hard to gauge the full effect that Wonder Woman's success will have on the film industry. Studios and producers will no doubt have noticed that investing in a female-driven summer tentpole payed off big and that the conventional Hollywood wisdom that says women can't carry a blockbuster...

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Quentin Tarantino's black comedy film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) is about a faded television star, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth, (Brad Pitt) who strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry in during the final years...

Film Review: STUNTWOMEN The Untold Hollywood Story Documentary

When she was nine years old, Jeannie Epper’s father asked her if she’d be willing to ride her horse down a cliff. After verifying she’d get paid for it, she agreed and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous stuntwomen, doubling for Linda Carter in...

STUNTWOMEN: The Untold Hollywood Story Documentary

The documentary, STUNTWOMEN – The Untold Hollywood Story is based on the best-selling book by Mollie Gregory. The film introduces us to the secret stars who provide the action and thrills that make the best Hollywood movies and television, from the first black-and-white “flickers” to today’s...

She’s Taking On ‘Wigging’ And Whitewashing In Hollywood Stunts

“Wigging” is a film industry term that describes the practice of male stunt performers standing in for women on gags. “Painting down” is its cousin, in which White stunt performers stand in for actors of color. Veteran stunt performer Deven MacNair has made it her mission to speak out against these practices and demand change.

Women of Action: Meet the Stuntwomen Who Help Stars Kick Ass

When Johansson gets punched in the face, Heidi Moneymaker takes the hit. When Elizabeth Olsen crashes through a window, it’s C.C. Ice who ends up with scratches. Hollywood’s most unsung behind-the-scenes heroes star in a Hollywood Reporter photo portfolio. Meet the Stuntwomen who help stars kickass.

The Real-Life Diet of Janene Carleton, Hollywood Stuntwoman and Master of Hard Falls

For Hollywood stuntwoman Janene Carleton, a typical day at the office might involve jumping off a building, or from a moving vehicle, or perhaps both of these things at the same time, while her entire body is engulfed in flames. After nearly 15 years in the business,...

Why Stuntwomen Are Angry About ‘Wigging’

Becoming a stuntwoman is especially difficult in an industry where men often play female characters. But more performers are breaking through. A woman is doubled over on a platform, clutching her stomach. She screams, then flops 4.5 metres (15ft) on to a giant...

Hollywood’s Content Boom Is Leading to Stunt Performer Injuries and Deaths

Extreme dangers of the job: With seasoned pros stretched thin, productions are hiring haphazardly and cutting corners as stunt performers go public with complaints that union regulations have “no teeth” and new oversight may not go nearly far enough, Scott Johnson reports in the Hollywood Reporter: