GHS alumnus doubles for Superman

by Kim Robins - Posted on Jul 10, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Photo: Gloucester High School graduate Paul Darnell, a successful stuntman in Hollywood, is the stunt double for Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in “Man of Steel.” Photo by Rudy Duong / Action Academy

Gloucester High School graduate Paul Darnell, a successful stuntman in Hollywood, is the stunt double for Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in “Man of Steel.” Photo by Rudy Duong / Action Academy

The most recent work by Gloucester High School alumnus Paul Darnell, who resides in California and works as a stuntman, can be seen in theaters now. Darnell is the stunt double for Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in the recently released film "Man of Steel." 

In an e-mail this week, Darnell described the work on his latest film. "It was an experience that fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a superhero. The movie had an amazing cast and crew that made every day a fun experience with laughs and jokes. Henry is the real deal," Darnell said. 

Darnell’s other credits include stunts in the 2012 film "Battleship" and working as Robert Pattinson’s stunt double in "Twilight" (2008), "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" (2011) and "Remember Me" (2010).

Darnell was Adam Sandler’s stunt double in "You Don’t Mess With the Zohan" (2008) and did stunt work in "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011), "Water for Elephants" (2012), "Race to Witch Mountain" (2009) and other films.

Darnell is also the founder and president of Tempest Freerunning Academy in Los Angeles, and said his next project is opening his second Tempest academy in L.A. He added, "Freerunning is my passion."