When you’re drooling over Megan Fox in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), a portion of that drool should be reserved for Stacey Carino, who, as Fox’s stunt double, did a lot of the legwork. In her six-year career, the former fifth-grade science teacher has fallen down more staircases than you’ve climbed, and worked on movies as varied as Bruce Almighty, The Jane Austen Book Club, and Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland. Driving to her local multiplex to see herself get blown off rooftops in Transformers, Carino chatted with VF Daily about standing in for a sex symbol, breaking her neck without realizing it, and the perils of nude stunt work. (She won’t do it.)
You’ve braved all sorts of danger for Megan Fox, both in the Transformers movies and the currently filming comic-book movie Jonah Hex. What does it take to be her stunt double?
Well, I had worked with the stunt coordinator on several films before Transformers, so when I submitted my information to double Megan, I had no clue what size Megan was; I knew who she was from IMDb, but had no idea what she looked like in person. So they called me in and I ended up doubling her on the first one. Skill-wise, the stunts that I’ve done in the Transformers movies, other than the motorcycle riding and the Vespa riding, are pretty much all around. If you claim to be a stuntwoman, you should be able to do what I did. Some wirework, big explosions, and just running and jumping and falling, the typical things a stunt girl does.
But as far as being her stunt girl, she’s easy. I’ve had some difficult actresses to work for, but she’s easy. She hasn’t had any complaints about me or what I’ve done or who I am. And that doesn’t always happen. She also got me my job on Jonah Hex, cause they were looking for a local hire, and she said, “Well, why don’t you bring in Stacey?”