Clayton had the opportunity to work on The Righteous Gemstones, which premiered last month on @hbo
This was by far NOT the most featured job he has had… but it was definitely one of the most fun! We stopped doing background work a while ago, but this opportunity arose and I’m so glad we hopped on board. Clayton got to hang and work alongside some of the most brilliant comedic actors in the biz who also happen to be incredibly kind and welcoming and down to earth and pretty good at flossing 👌🏻
You could watch the whole season and you probably won’t even realize you have seen him! His role was the body double for Abraham Gemstone played by the very sweet Gavin Munn
So you may ask, what is a body double and why do they have them?
A body double is used often for children. This is because there are so many strict laws regarding children in this industry, and the amount of hours they can work each day is one of them. Also, the amount of hours they are on set calculates how much time they have to be working with their set teacher also, so to fit all of this in, in a single working day is a struggle.
According to NY and CA labor laws, a child 6-8 years old can be on set a maximum of 8 hours a day, but working no more than 4, with the remaining 3 hours spent with the set teacher in school and an hour of rest. At the age of nine those times increase by one hour and it stays that way until fifteen years old.
Under the age of 6 the hours are significantly lower and if you’ve ever spent time on a set, you are well aware at how slow things can move. This is why twins/triplets are often used as babies or at such a young age.
There are also many more specifics to this- how long the child has to wait, what time frame they can work in (no later than 12:30am on non school nights for example) and there has to be a full 12 hours between they time they finish on set and when they can film again the following day.
These are just a couple of examples of the extensive labor laws, which are in place to protect our children. So as you can see, in an industry like this, using a photo double for a child is necessary or filming would take forever.
So in steps the body double.
What does the body double do? It takes the place of the main actor in a scene where the main actor may not be as visible.
So to be more clear, Clayton filmed scenes portrayed as the main actor while the camera focus was typically elsewhere. Maybe you only see the back of his head, maybe he’s blurred out or maybe he’s too small to make out the face… however the editing goes down, you will likely never recognize him in this particular role.
There is a misconception that a Body double is the same as a stand in. It is not. A body double is not a stand in unless specified otherwise. A stand in literally stands in the place that the actor will be filming and runs through the scene while the crew is working to get the lights and cameras set up accurately. The stand in is never filmed in the final edit unless they’re used as an extra as well, in a scene with a huge crowd.
Clayton was so excited every single time he was called to set, he didn’t care that no one would see him or his name, he was having endless FUN and that’s what is important when you have a young child in this business.
You let them steer the ship.