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Spot The Stuntman

by David Haber

There's a scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone where you can clearly see a stuntman double in the place of Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley. But, the stuntman is only in the movie for four frames, so it's literally impossible to see him unless you freeze-frame the DVD.

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Thats an interesting point.

Posted by nicole on September 13, 2006 07:53 AM

I'm thinking they used digital face replacement like they did for the hobbits in Lord of the Rings.

Posted by Rawlio on September 13, 2006 7:58 PM

I was thinking that also, but two points make that unlikely:

1. If they digitally replaced Rupert's face onto the stuntman, why are there 4 frames where the face is not replaced? And...

2. Notice the way there is dust/smoke obscuring Rupert's face in the last example frame. Wouldn't it be difficult to do the face replacement and match the dust/smoke in the air?

3. It's expensive.

Did I say two points?:-)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 13, 2006 8:04 PM

Also if you notice just after Ron falls to the ground and some debris is flying around, a cut appears on Ron's face. I have freeze-framed as he's falling off the horse to the ground, and flying debris cuts his cheek really, but I never did notice the stunt double.

Posted by Tonya from Indiana on September 14, 2006 3:41 PM

That's really cool. I never noticed anything at all and I've watched that scene a million times.

Posted by Carmen on September 14, 2006 4:18 PM

i never knew that,that stunt man doesn't look like rupert at all!

Posted by emily s.d from west virginia on September 14, 2006 4:30 PM

Interesting. I think that it was likely shot multiple times also, as many movies scenes are these days. I think it odd and amazing that 4 frames could make such a difference in the final cut. But that's Hollywood!

Posted by Nelson from Lynchburg, VA on September 15, 2006 05:34 AM

My Brother and I were watching that movie (not the whole thing- just parts)frame-by-frame last night and noted that. Quite interesting.

Posted by Judith from Naples, FL on September 15, 2006 1:50 PM

Wow...I never noticed that. You've got great eyes! The stuntman doesn't even look like Ron... I mean Rupert. I meant to say that.

Posted by Steve from Rowland, Heights, California on September 28, 2006 3:13 PM

It's the "stuntman magic". Stuntmen hardly ever would be taken for a "look-a-like" for the actor they're standing in for. But as you can see from this example, they don't need to be.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 28, 2006 3:17 PM

Oh my god! That's something I've never noticed!(probably because I haven't watched the filme so many times) Dave, you observe things very well.

Posted by Poojitha from Dubai, U.A.E on October 1, 2006 09:04 AM

Maybe the "stuntman" is the real Ronald Weasley and he Apparated onto the set for a sixth of a second on a dare from Fred and George...

Posted by Catalina from Waterloo, Canada on October 7, 2006 8:11 PM

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