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Body Doubles Do More Than Stunts

Body Double

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • stunt: a daring act that takes courage and skill
  • hire: to offer to pay someone for their services
  • decoy: a person or thing that tricks people into going or looking a different way
  • resemblance: likeness
  • impersonate: to pretend to be someone
  • keep something at bay: to prevent future trouble from happening

Body Doubles Do More Than Stunts

Body doubles are often used for special shots in films or television shows. They perform stunts, such as running through a burning building or jumping from an airplane. This is not the only reason a body double might get hired. Body doubles who are in very good are often hired to do nude scenes. They may also be used as stand-ins for magazine photo shoots. Oprah Winfrey has a body double for this purpose. According to some reports, China’s super rich can hire a body double to appear in court and for a crime. Body doubles can also act as decoys. Some body doubles even receive plastic surgery. High profile body doubles need to have a strong resemblance to the person they are impersonating. According to gossip magazines, Tom Cruise hired a body double for his daughter Suri. Do you believe this rumour?

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why does the report mention Oprah Winfrey?
  2. What can the super rich do in China?
  3. What rumour is mentioned at the end of the report?

Discussion Questions: Some people think that rich criminals still suffer by hiring a body double to do the time for their crime. The criminals have to remain in hiding, and they have to pay out a lot of money to the body double’s family. What do you think about this practice?

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