We are not talking about stunt or butt doubles like Joey Tribbiani. Some characters are so complicated that they have to be handled by two people. Even though the character was incomplete without either of the two, only the famous face wins the award and recognition. This list mentions the times when we were looking at one character that was in reality being controlled by two puppeteers simultaneously. Find out the 10 famous movie characters played by two people at the same time. Did you know about any of these? Let us know in the comments.
1. Furious 7
No one was ready to let go of the iconic and beloved Paul Walker, especially the Fast and the Furious franchise. The shooting was midway when the actor had passed away. The productions then used CGI to put Paul’s face on his brothers Caleb and Cody and finished the rest of the scenes.
2. Back To The Future Part II
Crispin Glover played George McFly in the first installment but refused to revive his role for the sequel. The productions, however, felt entitled to use Crispin’s old clips and apply prosthetics on Jeffrey Weissman to create Crispin’s face for the film. Even Superman’s chin in Justice League looked better than Jeffrey’s prosthetics. Crispin later went on to sue the studios for making money out of his face.
3. How I Met Your Mother
Did you know that two people voiced Ted Mosby in How I Met Your Mother? The older Ted was voiced by Bob Saget. After hearing “Kids!” for so many years, it’s going to be hard to recognize Josh Radnor’s real voice in the future.
4. The Social Network
The Social Network was a big break for many actors like Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, and Armie Hammer. The movie would have catapulted another actor’s career who worked pretty hard for his character. We are talking about Josh Pence who played one of the Winklevoss twins. Even though it was one of his biggest works, only Hammer gets the credit since his face was digitally put on Pence’s character.
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The character of Tatsu was played by a professional martial artist, Toshihiro Obata. Perhaps, Toshishiro’s experience was more in action stunts than with expressive dialogues. That’s why Tatsu was voiced by Michael McConnohie. Michael is a well-known voice actor whose work is recognized in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 & 2 and other animated movies.
6. Thor: The Dark World
One of the best moments of Thor and Jane Foster is their kiss at the end of Thor 2. However, it wasn’t Natalie Portman who kissed Chris Hemsworth in that scene. Since Natalie was away for other engagements, Chris’s wife Elsa Pataky filled in for her. Thanks to Natalie that Chris got to kiss his wife passionately on the silver screen.
7. Star Wars
Three actors were required to play Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Each of their best features was tapped by the productions for the character. While Sebastian Shaw was the face, David Prowse was the body, James Earl Jones was the voice of Vader.
8. Superman II
The director of Superman, Richard Donner was hired to helm the sequel as well. But the director left the project midway and got replaced by Richard Lester. This prompted actor Gene Hackman to leave the productions too. His remaining parts as Lex Luthor were shot by another actor but only Gene got the credits.
9. Hercules in New York
Do you remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in Hercules in New York as the titular character? In most cases when a popular actor takes a role, he plays the complete character. But in this movie, the directors wanted a different accent for Hercules on screen. So an uncredited actor dubbed all the dialogues of the protagonist.
10. The Legend of the Lone Ranger
Klinton Spilsbury starred as the titular character in The Legend of the Lone Ranger. But it was just the face and acting of Klinton that the directors liked. Another person who deserves to be credited for the Ranger is James Keach for his voice.
11. Enter The Dragon
Shih Kien played Han in a classic action movie. Little did we know that his voice was dubbed by Keye Luke since the makers didn’t approve of Shih’s fluency with English.
12. Wagons East!
Actor John Candy was in the middle of the production for Wagons East! when he passed away. The studio filled his remaining parts with CGI and other actors who were stuffed with plenty of disguises.