Double DarePosted: May 25, 2011
I remember reading about Double Dare some time ago but never actually got around to watching it for whatever reason. I’m glad I finally did, as it is every bit as insightful as it is entertaining and simply amazing. It focuses on two women, Jeannie Epper, a legendary stunt woman and a stunt coordinator and Zoë Bell, who started as a stunt double for Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess and has since established her career in Hollywood by appearing in such films as Kill Bill, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds, doing stunts as well as acting. The documentary follows the two as they negotiate their way in the film industry and in a highly demanding profession. These are tough ladies and the film isn’t bad either. If you haven’t already seen it, watch it now. Trailer below.
BONUS: a short documentary about Zoë Bell. Funnily enough, Tarantino’s decision to give Bell one of the female leads in Death Proof was strongly influenced by Double Dare and seeing her reaction to the news about getting the job as Uma Thurman’s stunt double. Watch it all unfold below. This woman is an absolute legend.