For movie fanatics, Robert Pattinson is a household name. Best known for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, Pattinson’s acting chops, good looks, and amazing acting skills have made him a worldwide celebrity. But what about his stunt double?
Although most people know that stunt doubles exist, few know that Robert Pattinson’s stunt double for the Twilight movies was stunt performer and body double, Paul Ryden.
Who is Paul Ryden?
Paul Ryden is a veteran stunt performer with over 15 years of experience in the film industry. He’s worked on some of Hollywood’s most iconic films, such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic Park III, and of course, Twilight. He’s also worked on a number of popular TV shows, including Game of Thrones and The Vampire Diaries.
What Does a Stunt Double do?
A stunt double is a professional actor who specializes in performing stunts and dangerous sequences in place of an actor. They are trained in different areas of stuntwork, like hand-to-hand combat, high-falling, fire stunts, wire work, and more.
A body double is a specialized type of stunt double who is hired to replicate a specific actor’s physical appearance, such as their height, weight, hair color, and body type. They are often used for long shots, where an actor’s face may not be required in the shot.
How Did Paul Ryden Become Robert Pattinson’s Stunt Double?
Ryden first worked with Robert Pattinson on the movie Remember Me in 2010 and then again on Twilight in 2011. He was hired as a body double for Pattinson and was trained in fight choreography to perform hand-to-hand combat sequences. Ryden was also put through rigorous training to help him match Pattinson’s height, weight, and physical appearance as closely as possible.
Ryden was also an integral part of the Twilight cast, often appearing in scenes with Pattinson and even attending cast dinners. He was such a great addition to the team that Pattinson even said he “felt like Paul was a part of the cast.”
What are Ryden’s Other Stunt Credits?
Ryden has been in the stunt business since the early 2000s, so he has an impressive list of credits to his name. His stunt credits include:
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Jurassic Park III (2001)
- Game of Thrones (2011)
- The Vampire Diaries (2009)
- X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
- Matrix Reloaded (2003)
- The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift (2006)
Paul Ryden is a stunt performer and body double who is best known for his work as Robert Pattinson’s stunt double in the Twilight Saga. He has an impressive list of stunt credits to his name and is considered to be one of the most experienced and talented stunt performers in the industry.