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Alcott_9

Keaton did all his own stunts. No idea how he survived some of them. A true cinema pioneer.


elee0228

I also do all my own stunts. But never intentionally.


exaball

I also do my own stunts. So far, I have attempted (and completed!) zero.


Infantry11B420

All my stunts do me


otter_boom

Kinky!


docxgames

LOL


kleiser10

Who came first?


regoapps

His stunt double


CatGamer_118

I *came* first.


_apollo_dionysus_

You da real MVP


Independent_Offer575

I wish I had a stunt double to do things like call out of work, or go to the dentist.


meltingdiamond

You pay for the dentist trip and I will go in your place as many times as you like. Hell, I will brush your teeth for you like an anime pervert if you pay for my dentist trips!


TheChainedGod1

You mean you have failed zero!


mrstipez

I did a lot of unscheduled gymnastics when I was skiing


JoeyZasaa

Skimone Biles in the house


PenguinFrustration

*”Unscheduled Gymnastics”* I’m stealing this. Unabashedly.


turd-ucken

I’ve been told I’m a Cupid stunt


thowayinthrowawey

He once broke his skull doing a stunt and realized it was broken a few hrs after shooting stopped


Lampmonster

He got X-rays when he started having migraines late in life. He'd broken his spine multiple times without treatment. Guy probably had insanely high pain tolerance.


Claim_to_Lame

Or access to opium and cocaine as a medical treatment


SoseteRoz

Or those rare conditions where one does not feel pain.


NickelodeonToyRun

Or he was dead the entire time


SoseteRoz

i know, he had amyloidosis.


VC_8

I heard he had ligma


raygun_gaming

Who the hell is Steve jobs?


VC_8

*Energy noise*


Hugglemorris

What’s updog?


VC_8

Not much, 'sup with you?


Stugehh

Has to be lupus.


Papaofmonsters

It's never lupus. It's way more likely to be paraneoplastic syndrome combined with a rare allergy to the dishwasher detergent the upstairs neighbor uses.


NickelodeonToyRun

I don’t think we can say that word anymore


Lampmonster

I used to do a lot of medical background interviews and in addition to that rare condition there really is a broad spectrum of varying pain tolerance. I have interviewed people with crazy, life changing injuries who just didn't have the pain others did, or at least it didn't bother them. One guy, Vietnam vet with shrapnel and burns, came home and got hit by a train. Had a hole in his thigh the size of a fist, pins everywhere, skin grafts. Put his daily pain levels lower than most of what I'd classify as medium level injuries. My grandpa was one. Just did not mind pain a bit.


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Broken_Petite

I wish I was like that. But I'm also not willing to put myself through painful things just to build my tolerance which I imagine is at least in part how some of these people got like that.


Lampmonster

I'm not sure it's built, though I think that happens. I just think some people don't feel it the same way as others. Like taste, some people just have naturally hyperactive or lower than normally active senses of taste and smell for various reasons, including super tasters who just make the rest of us seem taste blind.


Old-Maintenance-1031

Or, Ozzy Osbourne who has rare genetic mutations which means that his body is built to detoxify alcohol much faster than normal. And, he also has other rare genetic mutations. SOURCE: https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/genes-addiction-or-why-ozzy-osbourne-is-still-alive


warmaster_whorus

"LOL how did grandma get addicted to cough syrup?" cough syrup ingredients Cocaine THC Licorice More Cocaine Opium Sugar Ethanol Apples


Dewy_Wanna_Go_There

I had my hand x-rayed when I broke my wrist. The technician was like man you’ve broken every single one of your fingers multiple times. I used to play ball, figured they were just jammed, threw on a splint when it happened or tape two together. Not much else you can do. Hurt like a bitch though when you jam/break one. Can’t do shit with that hand for a while. Long fingers so my middle fingers caught it the worst usually, probably typical though. My coach probably made it worse, he would count to 3 and pull on 2 thinking they were jammed and it never worked.


GokuMoku90210

Broken fingers are relatively common for humans who do sports or hard work.. Most people dont go to the hospital for sore fingers and toes


Lampmonster

Yeah, I'm sure I've got at least a couple breaks in my hands, including a new one in my pinkie knuckle! Stupid door. But like you said, why even go to the doctor, not much can be done for fingers if they're still straight, and I don't play piano.


Dewy_Wanna_Go_There

Yeah I did a late edit. My coach would claim that if you instantly pull the jam out it fixes it. But what if they were broken lol? Just making it worse.


Lampmonster

Hell, is yanking the finger even really good for a jam?


Dewy_Wanna_Go_There

According to him if you didn’t do it straight away it would swell up. It always swelled up anyway, and he did it hard. I can see the logic, but never saw the results.


YouAreSoul

It makes dads fart.


ContinentalLagers

He was thrown around in the family vaudeville show starting at an extremely young age. Probably got very accustomed to pain.


wbgraphic

Several years ago, my mother wiped out hard on her snowmobile while on vacation. After returning home, she went to the doctor with neck pain. The doctor took some X-rays and said to her, "Looks like you've broken your neck again." My mother replied, "What do you mean, 'again'?"


iblamemyparent5

The house one really gets me. Small window. Very small margin for error.


jmblur

That's one of the more controlled stunts though. As long as the hinge and wall are well designed and constructed, you can easily measure out the arc to make sure you're in the exact right place and mark it accordingly. Just don't miss your mark!


iblamemyparent5

True. But it's missing the mark that sticks with me. Even six inches off and that wall could have hit him. Even a graze could do some serious damage. I'd be scared as hell to do that, even in a controlled environment. Keaton was an OG. Edit: He had four inches of clearance.


jmblur

Keaton is a boss, but that particular stunt while visually impressive is one of his safer ones! Hitting the mark is a lot easier in black and white, you can hide a paint mark on the ground much easier (well, before the advent of cgi anyway)


iblamemyparent5

Just did a little more digging. He used a nail to mark his position. He only had two inches of clearance on either side.


Death4Free

Wow, that’s insane! And with only 1 inch of clearance.


Silly-Competition417

Incredible! No room for error! The window was an exact fit


saintjonah

Somehow he survived even though his body couldn't even fit through the window!


AssaMarra

Incredible, the wall actually clipped through both his shoulders!


shroomsAndWrstershir

Amazing to think that the window was actually only created by his body punching a hole through a weak spot in the wall as it came down.


ParadoxOO9

Iirc it did actually hit him on the way down, just by his standards it didn't do too much damage when it did.


unabatedshagie

Didn't it break his arm or something when it hit him?


iblamemyparent5

Guess I was wrong then. Interesting fact. I did not know this.


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Standard-Contact-9

Yeah look closely at his arm.


123throwafew

[Yes and look how he just toughs it out.](https://youtu.be/FN2SKWSOdGM?t=38) Dude seriously had a high pain tolerance.


ProcyonHabilis

It really seems like that stunt would have looked just as good with a 6" wider window.


vitringur

Except it does hit him and break his arm. He just holds face until the scene is cut.


CriticoolHit

This one is way more dangerous. Every single step he takes here is a chance to trip, fall, get caught and then be crushed by a train. But not before being gored horrifically on the push bars. Or take a railroad tie to the face. With the house one you just better make sure you're standing on the X before the bell otherwise its gg.


SQUID_FUCKER

It's nuts. Look at his left foot when he sits back onto the cattle catcher. It's nearly underneath the train.


CriticoolHit

He notices it too. You see his visage change momentarily when he realizes how close that was.


Calypsosin

One of those fun moments where the acting is reality.


devils_advocaat

>better make sure you're standing on the X * No leaning backwards or forwards. * Arms by your side * Don't bend the knees * Don't even tilt your head * Measure twice mark once


iblamemyparent5

And don't sneeze!


devils_advocaat

#NO CAPES


vitringur

Except the other one actually did hurt him. The house does smack into him and breaks his arm.


dunderthebarbarian

Sauce please


Yogashi

https://youtu.be/FN2SKWSOdGM?t=34


oxwilder

In one stunt, he tried to jump from the roof of one building to another building. When he didn't make the jump and fell several stories to the street below, they just rewrote the movie and kept that scene instead.


Gnonthgol

It was not several stories, there were soft mats to land on just bellow the frame. But they added more stunts and cut it so that it looks like he fell several stories. A lot of these rooftop stunts were filmed on rooftops of varying heights. So while you can see the traffic on the roads a far way down in the background they are not doing the stunts over the street but over an almost as tall building as the ones they are jumping between. It looks impressive but is no more dangerous then doing it on a sound stage.


spaceguitar

Jackie Chan said his greatest influence for stunts and cinema was Buster Keaton. I think his body of work reflects this perfectly! Also, The General is amazing and absolutely hilarious. It so holds up to this day.


GanFrancois

Wasn't he basically also uninsurable because of that?


Modestexcuse

I think he survived them all.


BrokenArmsFrigidMom

All but a couple.


VagariTurtle

Why does this give me anxiety lol


GoLAangels

Because it’s supposed to.


VagariTurtle

I mean, you aren’t wrong and it worked lol


blanketswithsmallpox

"Why am I wet?" - VagariTurtle standing in the shower.


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guydude24

That’s dirty. Get in the shower.


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guydude24

Better. Warning, you may get wet.


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Crackbat

We threatening a good time up in here?


guydude24

Edit: never tell a dirty boy what to do, unless it’s get wet in the shower.


bottomofleith

Because if it was you or I *at best* we'd probably have lost at least one foot.


livens

That train wouldn't stop at your foot...


bipnoodooshup

Maybe that's why we come installed with two feet?


Dapper-Fortune-1220

The "anxiety" is just more energy cuz you're brain thinks what ourselves watching is happening in real time. Trust me you'd want that burst of "anxiety" if you got into a sticky situation :)


murse_joe

Anxiety is like rain. Without some, you’ll die. But too much can really fuck up your life 😕


fork_yuu

I'm pretty sure you can say that for everything you need


Benmjt

Such a zoomer comment


VagariTurtle

I’m actually a millennial but thank you for making me feel younger 🥰


baby-elf

same. my heart was pounding when the second big log thing was in the way


Wondergirl91

I think you know why


Calvo7992

It really shows what a well done stunt is. It’s so simple and invokes terror. Makes all that self aggrandising shit Tom cruise does look like nothing.


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Oh come on dude. The guy jumps out of planes and learns to fly helicopters for his movies. I get that he is a scientology nutcase but him doing his own stunts is really great. Just because he acts in modern movies and performs stunts using modern technology and style doesn't take away from it. So what if it is less risky than this guy, that doesn't make it better. A stunt like this won't cut it for a spy action thriller.


TheRegular-Throwaway

Cat let them strap him to the side of an airplane and then took off.


averagedickdude

Exactly.


uwanmirrondarrah

I mean Tom Cruise does some amazing stunts too. This really comes off like a "Back in my day! Get off my lawn!" Type of comment. Keaton would be hanging onto airplanes right now too if he was around, he was a good stunt man.


SherlockJones1994

Cmon like seriously guy. Just because you like this crap doesn’t mean you need to take someone else down a peg to bolster this. Also acting like the stunts Tom cruise does isn’t impressive is fucking delusional.


eyecarrumba

I have to assume that is very light wood. I'm not belittling the stunt but he picks them up very easily.


xyloplax

Wood was very expensive in those days, so they used lead, which was cheap.


ShantyMick

They just coat the lead in asbestos for texture and then use lead paint for the rich wood colors.


SoseteRoz

mmm, azbestos


0x4f0x770x610x690x73

worlds richest man


tiptipsofficial

Search "berkshire hathaway denies asbestos claims" Billionaires aren't good people.


Kiwiteepee

I heard that all the rain you see in old movies is actually mercury


CaptainDK12

I think you mean asbestos was used for snow in old movies. The “snow” in the Wizard of Oz is asbestos.


zzyul

Wood hadn’t been invented in 1926. This was most likely graphene.


Siethron

It was probably a carbon-fiber steel hybrid. Super light.


TattooHelpPlease2

Wood is very expensive TODAY


BabyBoySmooth

If you just steal a tree then it's very cheap


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new24-5

Sticks are only good for burning


throweggway69

WOOD is cheap PROCESSED wood is expensive


suitology

We just sold a felled log 24ft oak for $1700. Even unprocessed isn't cheap.


throweggway69

jesus


steeltoe_onesie

There's actually a long history of balsawood being used in stunts and movie construction because it's so light. Sam Peckinpah blew up a bridge in Wild Bunch with men and horses on it, but had it made of balsawood so everyone could fall into the river without injury during the shoot. Also, if that had been a real railroad tie, Keaton would have had nightmare splinters from that scene. Edit: someone asked about this a little more below, so... >You can see more detail in this excerpt, but not only was the bridge built of balsawood, but Peckinpah asked for $80,000 to build it, paid Mexican carpenters to build it for $40,000, then pocketed the other $40,000 for himself, literally straight into his own personal bank account: https://books.google.com/books?id=cQ5kDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA276&lpg=PA276&dq=balsa+wood+bridge+peckinpah&source=bl&ots=9GebEYYHrz&sig=ACfU3U3O8d9YhvZO7s7XnLY06xmSxLDXvg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiGkK3fwJXxAhXDrZ4KHdzgBJoQ6AEwGnoECBsQAw#v=onepage&q=balsa%20wood%20bridge%20peckinpah&f=false


Typohnename

> Keaton would have had nightmare splinters from that scene. Given everything I know about Keatons general self perservance it probably WAS full of splinters...


stanleythemanley420

Doubtful. The stuff ties are coated in will make you never wish you touched it. Shits wicked.


jld2k6

That and some camera trickery makes you think it's more dangerous than it really is. For this stunt, the train was actually driving very slow and they doubled the framerate for playback which is why his movements look so erratic. It's still an awesome stunt, but a lot of his stunts were cleverly made to appear more dangerous than they were. He was as much of a showman as he was a stuntman


Broken_Petite

I actually thought it was obvious the train was moving very slow? I just figured they had to do it that way back in the day. But if this is sped up, the thing must have been crawling. Doesn't mean this isn't impressive, though.


millijuna

There is another locomotive scene, in a different movie but similar in concept to this, except that it was actually filmed in reverse. Instead of removing things from the tracks they're actually adding them. The real skill in it was making the reverse motion look proper so that it looked natural when projected the right way forward.


Mr_Gaslight

The actual timber 'sleepers' needed to support the rails for years on end would not be cheap. It would be treated pine at a minimum and might even be a two-man lift. You are right that that this wood for the stunt is probably lighter.


eyecarrumba

On closer inspection that looks like solid wood. The man bust have been a beast.


jwill602

There’s one shirtless scene of Chaplin in a public pool and he is fucking *jacked*. This is Keaton, but I’m sure he’s just as strong, given some of the stunts he did


justinsimoni

[If you say so.](https://i.pinimg.com/originals/35/34/9b/35349b0d086418c8e16d33c822ff20f8.gif)


bottomofleith

Compared to 42% of Redditors, it probably is. I made that figure up, feel free to call higher or lower.


justinsimoni

Chaplin grew up in abject poverty, most likely including malnutrition. Most of his work was done during the Great Depression. Not many were thinking of becoming Dom Mazzetti.


HeshootsHescores88

YOU WANNA DANCE WITH DOM MAZZETTI


dlux010

Long live the legend of Buster Keaton. The general is one of the best slapstick films of all time.


snakesearch

happened to watch it about a week ago, so good. the mortar bit was great.


dlux010

My favorite is when he’s loading wood into the boiler and she hands him little twigs.. xD


Zap_Rowsdower23

r/SilentmovieGIFs shoutout to one of my favorite little subs for anyone who enjoys these legends


modsean

I heard a story about Keaton's stunts in *The General,* I don't know if it's true but is sounds like it could be. The engineer the studio hired to operate the train thought that Keaton's stunts were too dangerous and refused to operate the locomotive. So he had the engineer teach him how to operate the locomotive. Keaton not only did his own stunts for this film, in many of the scenes he was also responsible for the operation of the locomotive while he was doing those stunts.


OKYesMyNameIsJill

That’s insanely dangerous


kjm1123490

So is 50% of jackass. That's why he has pros teach him and safety teams on standby. Probably a second in the cabin, even if he's not controlling it. Not that getting run over by a train is fun either way. But he's a pro.


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Astrochops

Citation Needed did a fantastic episode on him recently. https://pca.st/episode/7a05c2e3-1e83-44a6-9cb4-5ec090ade79a


DigbyChickenZone

> safety teams on standby Uhhh, do you really think they had those standards back then? I literally was just listening to something about Pearl White [silent film actress] how her stunt double was killed because he was supposed to leap from the top of a bus onto an elevated girder. He missed the girder and died of a brain injury. Safety standards basically became a requirement after [the twilight zone accident](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight_Zone_accident) in 1982.


prosteDeni

So there was nobody to stop it in case anything happened to him... Uh oh


nomadofwaves

To be fair if something happened involving the train it wouldn’t of mattered really. Even at that slow speed it would take some time to slow down and stop and by then the meat crayon would be all used up.


ybtlamlliw

> wouldn't of Wouldn't have.


2roK

Meat crayon? It would have crushed him then cut him in half.


nomadofwaves

I’m sure some bits would get dragged along.


ThaiJohnnyDepp

Well he died some time after this stunt so let that serve as a warning


Here4Now123

Yeah, life will kill you in the end. That's my understanding anyway


SVTJAC011

So, having lifted these several times on Airborne Airfield seizure exercises, they each weigh about 200 pounds. This man is a Beast!


ShantyMick

Pipe down, boot. Thank you for your cervix


SVTJAC011

Haha. Touché


ShantyMick

Oh shit, you actually have a sense of humor! https://i.imgur.com/9kHTVTs.jpg


SVTJAC011

No point in living without one. Plus, those days have long passed for this guy.


justfordafunkofit

They’re actually made out of balsa wood!


SVTJAC011

I presumed these were, was more so making a realization of how they really are.


P4azz

I've lifted logs similar to this as a teen in "wood gathering" events before camps. Safe to say that it wasn't something you just snatch up with an arched back and then nonchalantly hold with one arm. A complete log of this size would take like 3 of us and smaller ones would be managable solo, but still require some balancing and they definitely couldn't be thrown around like here.


SVTJAC011

Yeah. These are obviously made out of a wood that is rather porous and light. But it’s pretty comical.


confused161616

He broke his neck doing the water tower stunt and kept in character / finished the scene


revgill

That was Sherlock Jr., but you're correct on the details.


Chiralmaera

[Here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbNnYpxbGTk) is the scene. Timestamp 0:47 is where the neck break happens. According to the youtube description the water came on a lot more forcefully than expected.


Obizues

Not only that but it looks like he literally runs after that in the scene.. how the fuck?


rtyoda

He didn’t actually know he broke his neck until years later, when he was being X-rated for another injury if I recall correctly, and the doctor asked him when he broke his neck. He realized it must have been from this stunt.


titomb345

> X-rated for another injury haha. rated X for injury


slardybartfast8

A “broken neck” has a surprisingly wide range of seriousness and severity


Newestmember

This was a really cool stunt but I’m baffled that some people believe that these are real 200 pound ties as of it’s not a movie and there’s no way they can be lighter weight props. Believe it or not, the glass that’s used for smashing over peoples’ heads isn’t real either.


Arkdouls

Also train is moving very very slow


catcatherine

still wouldn't be able to stop if he fell


Reddit_Douchebag

It's still a train...


CaptainPixieBlossom

One slip and you're still dead.


permaculture

Buster Keaton used to do this gag where he'd stand by a grand piano and swing one leg up onto it. Then he'd swing the other leg up and fall *smack* onto the floor. This guy asked him how he did it without hurting himself, and he replied "I don't know." i.e. He did hurt himself but it was worth it for the gag.


Africa-Unite

The trick is not minding that it hurts.


m945050

It only took 95 years to reveal that those weren't real railroad ties, only balsa.


goestowhat

[The General](https://youtu.be/YWm587wKKVw) Worth the watch if you haven’t seen it.


kai-ol

I remember being mesmerized the entire time the first time I watched this movie.


zoobiezoob

What savage colorized Buster Keaton?


user-the-name

One of those incredibly silly AIs that "colorize" things so that they look kind of like a dream where nothing is clear or the same from moment to moment.


vincento36

Agreed. Fuck off with the colorization. It added absolutely nothing


Sort_of_Frightening

Worse, it detracts. Respect and admire Keaton's film as a fully-formed artistic product of his time. Not as some primitive work that needs “updating” with ludicrous comic-book tones


AMG-28-06-42-12

"Keep your crayons off my movie." - Buster Keaton after he learned about Ted Turner's colorization project, probably


bartulbert

Buster Keaton, One of the people that inspired Jackie Chan from doing some crazy stunts


MichaelEmouse

What would happen if the beam wasn't dislodged? Is it that easy to make a train derail?


you_lost-the_game

It's really light wood or something painted to look like wood so no. Most likely not.


thatwasnotkawaii

They don't call the spear-shaped grille thing-y in front of trains a cowcatcher for no reason ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


devils_advocaat

It it were balsa wood, probably nothing. However it could inconvenience buster enough to get him dragged under the train.


silent_steve201

I'll be glad when this fascination of poorly colorizing old photos and film is over.


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Conscious_Weight

Can we cool it with having every image from this era be a lousy AI colorization?


DoneDoof

It looks so much better in Black n White


The_NoN_Pro

Why is it in color?


HermitBee

Because it's been colourised.


ip33dnurbutt

This was filmed in my home town


Rose_Beef

Shame this is so poorly colorized... [This one is closer to the original](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaApqL4QjH8).


judamo22

„Oops, didn’t press record. Yeah sorry john, can you do that one more time?“