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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I agree with Ashley and Amy about the older Ron thing. Anyway, why WOULD an older Ron come back to do the falling-off-the-horse thing? It would take too long for the older Ron to come back in time, explain to Ron why he's there (which is...?), get Ron off the horse, hide Ron, get on the horse, fall down, get Ron back on the horse and go front in time.
It's pointless to do that unless the older Ron wanted to stop his memory of pain or something. And something else: Can people go FRONT in time with time turners? (I know it's not on the subject but it popped into my head!)
Good for noticing Dave! Now I know why I have glasses although it's probably because I read the small print of the Harry Potter books too close!
Posted by Hannia Zia from Markham, Canada on March 8, 2007 06:23 AM
A large number of scenes were shot using body doubles (as is the case with most movies)...one of the reasons for this is the child work load agreement, meaning that children under sixteen can only do so much work on a film, so they get a double in who is over 16. Lots of the long shots are also body doubles...I am assuming that the six frames that are used here are body double Ron, probably shot during a camera rehearsal (where the doubles are always used).
And how do I know this? I was Draco's body double on the first film!
Posted by Si from London on March 13, 2007 3:43 PM
Thank you, Si! That confirms pretty much what I said earlier on this thread. Nice to hear it from a professional.
Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 14, 2007 01:18 AM
Oh, yeah! I didn't notice that before, I though it was Rupert Grint doing that stunt himself.
Posted by alex from folkestone on March 29, 2007 06:56 AM
Wow. Kind of a pointless stunt replacement. The guy isn't even doing anything dangerous. I assumed the Harry Potter cast wasn't a bunch of prettyboys and girls, but now my faith in that is shaken. I mean, come on. An actor should be prepared to get jerked around a LITTLE bit.
Posted by George from Newtown, Connecticut on April 16, 2007 2:37 PM
George: I agree, but that knight he was sitting on was pretty high up, that's a potentially dangerous fall. It's also possible it wasn't done for safety, perhaps a small reshoot was necessary and Rupert wasn't available.
How's Fred, by the way?
Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on April 16, 2007 2:47 PM
That's interesting. I didn't noticed earlier though i saw it many times. Nice catch.
Posted by Kalaiselvi from Chennai,Tamil Nadu on May 8, 2007 9:51 PM
In an interview it was stated that the 3 kids couldnt due many of the stunts do to legal matters. They do a few stunts in the upcoming ootp movie though.
Posted by Justin P from Prattville Alabama on May 21, 2007 12:21 PM
sharp eyes. i didn't even notice that!
maybe rupert wasn't able to perform this scene so well, that columbus decided to get a double for him? the trio was still very young at this time, and very new to the business. perhaps not that good with stunts yet...
Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on May 22, 2007 09:49 AM
I think we also need to remember that when sorcerer's stone was filmed Rupert was only 11 or 12....not considered old enough to do stunts of that caliber so a stuntman had to be used because it was considered too dangerous for a child his age.
Posted by sm on May 29, 2007 03:28 AM
There are things throughout all of the movies that clearly demonstrate that multiple takes are required for many different scenes and then they are spliced together for the final product. For example, the next time you watch the third movie, notice the strings on Harry's sweatshirt in the scenes where he is talking to Snape about the Marauders Map and then later in Lupin's classroom. In the fourth movie, watch the blanket that Hermoine uses to wrap around Harry's shoulders after he comes out of the Black Lake. Personally, I just hate it when I notice these things -- it takes away the "magic"!
Posted by Patti from Bellevue, WA on June 4, 2007 4:22 PM
To whoever said that the stuntman is the "Ron of the future", Half Blood Prince hadn't even been written, so nobody had any way to know that Dumbledore was going to "". How do they put a clue about something that they don't even know happen? They just needed a stuntman.
Posted by Ari on June 15, 2007 2:53 PM
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