Watch: Spotlight on Fantastic Stunt Work in 'Captain America' & More
If you're a cinephile, you know a lot of hard work from a hell of a lot of people goes into making movie magic possible. But perhaps one of the most overlooked performers in some of the most popular movies to hit theaters are the stunt men and women who put themselves into harm's way when the action gets a little too dangerous. CBS Sunday Morning (via Movies.com) recently did a 10-minute profile on stuntwork in feature films with a special focus on Sam Hargrave, the stunt double who steps in for Chris Evans when things get too tough on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There's also a short look back at the history of stunts on the big screen, and the profession that deserves its own Academy Award category.
"I exist because I'm expendable." That's a pretty bleak job description to say the least, but it sounds like it's rewarding enough for Hargrave to keep up the good work. Hargrave was also the Captain America stunt double for Chris Evans in The Avengers, not to mention also turning in work on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Lone Ranger, Gangster Squad, Green Lantern, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and more. It's a tough job, and these hard-working people of action deserve much more recognition than they seem to receive from the industry that they help support painfully and masterfully. Don't you agree?