An unusual and difficult physical feat or an act requiring a special skill, performed for artistic purposes.

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How are injections given without injuring actors?

In the movie Contagion, Jennifer Ehle's character is shown giving herself an injection. This got me wondering - are the injections they perform on-screen real? Do needles actually penetrate the skin ...
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How were the scenes with Gazelle shot?

In Kingsman: The Secret Service Gazelle is disabled. I was surprised to discover that the actress playing the role (Sofia Boutella) is not. How were the scenes with her shot? Did she actually wear ...
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How are water scenes (with flooding) achieved without injuring actors?

Sometimes you see scenes in movies where characters are in a boat below deck, or in some other circumstance where water comes rushing in and knocks them over and they go sliding off camera. How do ...
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Injuries to stuntmen during filming

If an injury occurs to a stuntman during filming (in Hollywood), who typically covers the bill? Do stuntmen (stuntpersons) perhaps have special contracts or insurance policies?
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What happened to Frou-Frou in the 1967 Soviet film Anna Karenina?

In the 1967 Soviet film Анна Каренина directed by Aleksandr Zarkhi, there is a race sequence during which Count Vronsky's horse, Frou-Frou, is seriously injured. What happened to the horse which ...
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In Swordfish, did they really fly a bus underneath a helicopter in downtown LA?

I just saw Swordfish (again) on late night TV, and got to wondering about that last major scene. John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and a bunch of hostages are riding in a bus on a downtown LA street, when ...
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How did Tom Cruise do that plane stunt in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation?

I wonder how the plane stunt from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is even possible, because planes travel at the speed of more than 750 miles per hour. He is just hanging with his hand in the ...
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Breaking a whiskey glass with your bare hands: how would this have been done?

In Broken City, there's a scene where the character, Jack Valliant, breaks his whiskey glass by squeezing it with his bare hands. I'd first like to know if this is actually physically possible. ...
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Are the stunts staged or spontaneous?

Through the years of watching Jack-Ass, I've always wondered about some of the stunts they do. A few come to mind When one of the guys goes into a hardware store to...use one of their display ...
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Rooftop contraption used to simulate realistic driving scenes

I recall seeing a behind-the-scenes feature wherein it is explained that realistic action sequences involving moving cars are now possible with the use of a device which allows the car to be ...
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How is it decided whether to use a stuntman?

Stuntmen are widely used in many action films to shoot difficult and dangerous scenes. How is it decided whether to use a stuntman in a scene? Are there official rules for that?
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Are there union rules requiring stunt performers, and what does this mean for action stars who “do their own stunts”?

In an answer to this question, it is mentioned offhand: There are almost no "live shots" of this as it is technically a stunt and according to union rules ( at least in Hollywood) that requires a ...
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Coming to America sparring scene; stunt men, or self-performed?

In the beginning of Coming to America, there is a scene where Eddie Murphy's and Arsenio Hall's characters engage in a sparring session with I think they would be bo staffs. Did they perform the ...
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Do actors actually carry actresses?

I've seen a lot of movies where the actor (and sometimes actress) will carry another person bridal-style. Are they actually lifting the other person or are they carrying a dummy that looks like the ...