Scarlett Johansson Had 3 Different Stunt Doubles While Filming ‘Age of Ultron’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Most folks in all probability wouldn’t profess shock {that a} Marvel actor has a number of stunt doubles. Working on Marvel films is grueling, mentally and bodily, particularly for a personality as athletic and dynamic as Black Widow.

However, Scarlett Johansson had as many as three stunt doubles when she was engaged on Avengers: Age of Ultron, not less than partly for a really massive (or small) motive – she was pregnant on the time she shot it.

Scarlett Johansson sees triple

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By the time she made Avengers: Age of Ultron, which got here out in 2015, Johansson was making her fourth Marvel film, having performed Black Widow in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Captain America: Winter Soldier. At the time she shot Ultron, she was pregnant along with her first youngster, a daughter named Rose. 

As E! Online reported, this required some further teamwork. As director Joss Whedon mentioned on the time, “She’s not going to spend the whole movie carrying groceries. We didn’t trim any scenes. We’re like, ‘We’ll make it work.’” And make it work they did, hiring three stuntwomen. The E! article didn’t determine the three stuntwomen, however a later Hollywood Reporter piece named one in all Johansson’s doubles as Heidi Moneymaker. Yes, that’s her actual identify. Her coaching as a gymnast is available in very useful. 

“The athlete mentality is definitely good to have,” Moneymaker says. “I’ve had so many people come up to me and say, ‘I’m crazy, I’ll do anything! I could be a stuntman or a stuntwoman.’ Those are the kind of people that you don’t want around.”

Brie Larson pays tribute to her doubles too

If Moneymaker’s identify sounds acquainted, it’s not simply because her identify is exclusive. Johansson just isn’t the one Marvel actress she doubles for; she has accomplished the identical for Brie Larson on Captain Marvel. Although Larson made a degree of doing a few of her personal stunts, she gave full credit score to Moneymaker and her different double, Joanna Bennett, when Larson gained the Best Fight trophy on the MTV Movie Awards final yr.

“These are the ladies that skilled me and have been additionally the stunt doubles for Captain Marvel. I couldn’t have made this movie with out them. They are actually the baseline of who she is. They are the dwelling embodiment of Captain Marvel,” Larson mentioned.

Moneymaker additionally spoke, saying, “As young girls, we wanted to be just like Lara Croft and G.I. Jane, so it’s a real honor to be a part of this character and hopefully pass along some of that inspiration and strength that those iconic women brought to us.”

For Marvel stars, it takes greater than stunt doubles

Working for Marvel is such severe business that the primary stars have extra than simply two or three stuntwomen, they’ve a coach who retains them disciplined and trim – aggressively so, some followers observe. 

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Johansson’s coach is Eric Johnson, who mentioned the actress was a fast examine – possibly too fast. “On the way up (during a rope climb),  she kneed me in the face and gave me a nice bloody nose — she was celebrating and I’m fighting back tears, gushing blood,” he says, joking, “she’s dangerous even when she’s not in the Black Widow costume!”

The trainers can work wonders for actors that viewers don’t usually affiliate with being lower and muscular. One of these is Kumail Nanjiani, star of The Big Sick, who’s starring in Marvel’s The Eternals, due out later this yr. He shocked followers along with his “after” pose, writing on social media, “I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time.” 

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