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Dangerous Sci-Fi Stunts The Actors Actually Performed
Adam Driver
Since Kylo Ren often wears a mask, a stunt double could’ve subbed in for Adam Driver as the character in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and audiences wouldn't know the difference. However, Driver did the complex martial arts-esque choreography because, in his words, “The physicality of Kylo, I'm very protective over. I wanted to do all of the things.”
Olivia Wilde
When an alien ship attempts to abduct Olivia Wilde's character, Ellen Swenson, in “Cowboys & Aliens,” as she rides horseback, moviegoers might assume that the outrageous action is computerized. However, that's the real Olivia Wilde in the real desert being lifted off of a horse to a very real height of 80 feet.
Charlize Theron
During filming on “Aeon Flux,” Charlize Theron wanted to perform the action choreography herself, but while doing a backflip, Theron didn't stick the landing and slipped a disc in her neck. The actress told, “I was a centimeter away from being completely paralyzed for the rest of my life.”
Reeves and Moss
A stunt for “The Matrix Resurrections” required Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss to jump off a building “around 46 stories” tall roughly 20 times, according to Reeves. The actors were attached to wires, but the rest was real, as Reeves justified on “The Late Show,” “It's 'The Matrix' and you need natural light and you want to do it real.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
In “Inception,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character, Arthur, finds himself in hand-to-hand combat inside a rotating hallway. To film the hallway sequence, the crew actually built a rotating set that slowly revolved and kept the camera firmly planted to the floor, while Gordon-Levitt pivoted from wall to wall.