body double


Definition of body double 

: a double who takes the place of an actor especially in scenes calling for nudity

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The film was eventually completed with a mix of script rewrites, body doubles, existing footage of Lee and an early form of the digital trickery used by Framestore on Hepburn. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 Even his body double was big, but like Shaq still was bigger than him. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Get Out' star Lil Rel Howery tells us if NBA players in 'Uncle Drew' can act," 30 June 2018 The crew goes to some extreme measures: costumes, booby traps, body doubles and fake-outs escalate during Jerry’s wedding weekend. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Playful ‘Tag’ is summer fluff with a heart," 15 June 2018 Ritter shot his side of the scenes with a body double, while Nélisse was kept away from even listening to what was happening on set. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "In The Tale, A Painful Reckoning With Abuse," 31 May 2018 Yet, controversially, and in a decision that inspired some Sundance walkouts, the film does feature scenes of Bill raping Jenny (a disclaimer informs us that an adult body double was used for these scenes). Anna Silman, The Cut, "The Tale and the Truth About 13-Year-Old Girls," 25 May 2018 And said body double wore a rubber mask OF HARRY'S FACE? Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Harry Styles' Video for "Sign of the Times" Is Here, Which Means That Terrifying Body Double Is Also Here," 8 May 2017 One is destined to be a body double for logistics operations. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Solid Rocket City: The Utah Space Center Fighting for Its Life," 4 Apr. 2018 With talking-head input from directors, editors, sound technicians, movie historians, movie geeks, Guillermo del Toro, Janet Leigh’s body double, and Leigh’s daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, this is a frightfully fun 90-minute film class. Ty Burr,, "11 movies to stream when the weather is terrible," 15 Mar. 2018

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of body double

: a person who takes an actor's place in a movie or television show for certain scenes (such as sex scenes)

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