10 Of The Most Expensive Stunts Ever Shot On Film

Making movies is an expensive business. Blockbusters can expect to have budgets that run anywhere from a few tens of millions of dollars up to hundreds of millions. This money is spent on all kinds of things, from paying the cast and crew, renting film equipment, special effects, marketing the movie around the world and even securing locations. One of the biggest costs that is often overlooked though is that of stunt work, where talented stunt coordinators put their lives on the line to perform work that actors can’t, giving the director an amazing shot without the need for CGI. They can though be incredibly expensive thanks to all of the work that has to go into them, just like the ones in this article.

The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan is known to be an exponent of using real life footage whenever possible in his movies as he feels it appears far more genuine than CGI special effects. This meant that the airplane hijacking scene in The Dark Knight Rises features some real death-defying stunt work, with men actually grappling onto the aircraft. No wonder then that the planning and execution, as well as the cost of filming the stunt from a helicopter, cost several million dollars.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

An exact cost for the scene that sees Arnold Schwarzenegger behind the wheel of a giant truck while being chased by the T-1000 has never been revealed. However, it is known that it took up a significant portion of the $51 million budget that Terminator 2: Judgement Day had for stunts and special effects.