MELISSA McCarthy’s stunt double has revealed training secrets behind tricks like setting herself on fire and jumping through windows.
Lucy Romberg, aka Melissa McCarthy 2.0, looked unrecognizable off-set as she shared what it’s like to be the star’s right hand during stunt scenes.
“When I go to work, I light myself on fire, I jump through glass windows, hang from helicopters, and get blasted by cars,” Lucy told Refinery29.
Lucy said her “best day at work” is “going home in one piece.”
“Some of the most dangerous stuff they’ve gotten to do is getting hit by a car.
“I got to hang from a helicopter on Spy,” she said. “The pilot was literally trying to get me to fall off.”
Lucy couldn’t be happier as Melissa’s stunt double.
“I can’t even say it’s a dream come true because it’s so much more than that,” she said.
“There’s no way I could’ve ever have dreamt to get to be working with someone so talented, so loyal, so wonderful, so funny.”
Lucy said that stunt doubles are actors too.
“We have to become the character of the person that we’re doubling, or it doesn’t work,” she said.
The stunt double works closely with Melissa on her films.
“I love to put on the wardrobe, put on all my stuff, and I become Melissa,” she said.
“I have conversations with Melissa all the time,” Lucy revealed.
She’ll ask Melissa, “Is this funny, is that funny.”
“Anyone can fall down the stairs, but it’s up to the stunt performer to be able to do it over and over again consistently and make it look as gnarly and out of control as a can be,” Lucy explained.
Lucy was touched when Melissa put her in her contract.
“The biggest compliment as a stunt performer you can get is being put into an actor’s contract.
“I mean, that’s a huge deal because production has to come to you first.
“The fact that Melissa put me in her contract, she trusts me enough. It warms my heart more than I could ever portray,” Lucy said.
The stunt double showed off some safety gear in the video interview uploaded to YouTube.
First was a skateboard helmet that she said, “literally saved my life.”
“I got crashed into a brick wall head first. So had I not had this on, it could have been not so great.”
She also showed off what appeared to be body padding.
“It doesn’t look like much, but I mean, the impact that these can take, it’s a difference between being bruised up on take one and being able to do 25 takes and walk away without anything,” she said.
Lucy slammed the misconception that stunt people are fearless.
“I’m literally afraid before every single stunt I do,” Lucy admitted.
“I still get the butterflies, but I think the butterflies keeps you honest.”
Lucy said that “bravery is definitely important.”
“You need to be tough,” she said. “You need to know that there are going to be times where you get hurt.”