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15 Actors Vs. Historic People They Played

Actors pretend to be other people. It’s what actors do. Sometimes they fail. Other times they succeed. And sometimes they embody their characters so completely that you forget you’re watching a movie. Take some of the best biopics for example. Did you notice Helen Mirren while watching The Queen, or was it Elizabeth II you saw? What about Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, or Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln? Even now it’s difficult to think of Ben Kingsley or Mahatma Gandhi without associating one with the other, because like all of the above, the actor didn’t just play a role – they became that role.

In homage to these amazing performances, here is a list of the most accurate real-life portrayals to ever hit the silver screen. Take a look at the pictures below and vote for the most convincing!

#1 Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs In Jobs (2013)

Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs In Jobs (2013) 

#2 Eddie Redmayne And Felicity Jones As Stephen Hawking With His Wife Jane Wilde In The Theory Of Everything (2014)

Eddie Redmayne And Felicity Jones As Stephen Hawking With His Wife Jane Wilde In The Theory Of Everything (2014) 

#3 Jennifer Lopez As Selena Quintanilla-Pérez In Selena (1997)

Jennifer Lopez As Selena Quintanilla-Pérez In Selena (1997) 

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#4 Hellen Mirren As HM Queen Elizabeth II In The Queen (2007)

Hellen Mirren As HM Queen Elizabeth II In The Queen (2007) 

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#5 Jamie Foxx As Ray Charles In Ray (2004)

Jamie Foxx As Ray Charles In Ray (2004) 

#6 Val Kilmer As Jim Morrison In The Doors (1991)

Val Kilmer As Jim Morrison In The Doors (1991) 

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#7 Ben Kingsley As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In Gandhi (1982)

Ben Kingsley As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In Gandhi (1982) 

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#8 Morgan Freeman As Nelson Mandela In Invictus (2009)

Morgan Freeman As Nelson Mandela In Invictus (2009) 

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#9 Gary Oldman As Ludwig Van Beethoven In Immortal Beloved (1994)

Gary Oldman As Ludwig Van Beethoven In Immortal Beloved (1994)

#10 Adrien Brody As Salvador Dali In Midnight In Paris (2011)

Adrien Brody As Salvador Dali In Midnight In Paris (2011) 

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#11 Daniel Day‑Lewis As Abraham Lincoln In Lincoln (2012)

Daniel Day‑Lewis As Abraham Lincoln In Lincoln (2012) 

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#12 Bruno Ganz As Adolf Hitler In Downfall (2004)

Bruno Ganz As Adolf Hitler In Downfall (2004) 

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#13 Cate Blanchett As Bob Dylan In I’m Not There (2007)

Cate Blanchett As Bob Dylan In I'm Not There (2007) 

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#14 Anthony Hopkins As Alfred Hitchcock In Hitchcock (2012)

Anthony Hopkins As Alfred Hitchcock In Hitchcock (2012) 

#15 Meryl Streep As Margaret Thatcher In The Iron Lady (2011)

Meryl Streep As Margaret Thatcher In The Iron Lady (2011)

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