One Stuntman Has Played Batman, Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern & James Bond
The name Bobby Holland Hanton may not ring a bell. Even the face of the strapping spokesman for Dove Men+Care might not clue you into his incredible onscreen career. But this British gymnast has lived the dream of countless fanboys. As a hotly sought stuntman, Hanton has stepped into the boots, suits and capes of such superheroes as Batman, Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern and James Bond. With San Diego Comic Con about to kick off, we wanted to get to know the man behind some of modern superhero movies' most exhilarating moments, and learn how some of these mind-blowing stunts came together.
Thor, Thor: The Dark WorldI spoke on the phone with Bobby Holland Hanton while he was in the midst of production on Avengers: Age of Ultron at Shepperton Studios in London. As in Thor: The Dark World, he has been hired to stunt double for Chris Hemsworth's Thor. Hanton started doing Marvel stunt work in Captain America: The First Avenger. Later, he crossed paths with Hemsworth on Snow White and The Huntsman. Nowadays, Hanton's inclusion as Hemsworth's double is a part of the Aussie star's contract demands. The pair have collaborated on the Thor sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Heart of the Sea, a harrowing docudrama that demanded both he and Hemsworth quickly shed weight and muscle to play the starved sailor Owen Chase.
Hanton couldn't be happier about their ongoing collaboration saying of Hemsworth, "He’s fantastic at what he does and super physical. He’s an absolute pleasure to work with."
Captain America, Avengers: Age of UltronThor is not the only Avenger for whom Hanton doubles in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thanks to a schedule that didn't demand Chris Hemsworth be on set until later in the shoot, Hanton was called to South Korea to perform some stunts as Captain America. A non-disclosure contract with Marvel kept Hanton pretty tight-lipped on details about the wildly anticipated superhero sequel's stunt sequences. However, he did admit that the leaked video above of Captain America riding on top of a speeding truck--that is Hanton in action as Cap.
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