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Ever seen a film where the actor looks just like the real life character they’re playing? Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela, Will Smith playing Muhammad Ali, and so on. It’s not by accident. Casting directors really do their job when it comes to finding an actor that not only looks, but can also act exactly like the character he or she is playing in real life. So because it’s just so cool, let’s take a look at some actors who look just like the characters they play in real life.
In the 2012 film “Lincoln”, directed by Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis takes on the role of the influential president. For his accurate portrayal, he went on to win both a Golden Globe, and an Oscar.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
In the 2005 film “Capote”, Philip Seymour Hoffman does an amazing portrayal of the eccentric, yet very troubled writer, Truman Capote. Philip won multiple awards for his role in this film.
In the biopic “Jimi: All is by My Side”, rapper Andre 3000 is a spitting image of the late great rocker, Jimi Hendrix. While Andre 3000 looked every bit the part, unfortunately, his acting skills left much to be desired.
If you see Val Kilmer now, he looks nothing like the late rock legend, Jim Morrison. But back in 1991 when he starred as the legendary rocker in the film “The Doors”, you couldn’t tell the two apart. Oddly, the film and Val’s portrayal was not very well-received by Morrison’s family, or bandmates.
Robert Downey, Jr.
While most any actor can look like Charlie Chaplin (as his look is basically a costume), it takes a great actor to play the part of Charlie – which Robert Downey Jr. does amazingly well in the 1990’s film “Chaplin”.
It’s one thing for an actor or actress to play the role of a character of the same gender, but when you’re of the opposite gender – like Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of Bob Dylan here in the film “I’m Not There” – now that’s impressive.
No one expected Jamie Foxx – the then only known as a comedic talent – the play the role of Ray Charles in “Ray”. But after seeing the job he did, it’s no surprise he won every award there is because of it.
I actually can’t tell which one’s Marilyn Monroe, and which one is Michelle Williams who play Marilyn in the film “My Week With Marilyn”. Michelle won a Golden Globe and an Academy award for not just looking exactly like the former Hollywood bombshell, but acting just like her too.
It’s actually hard to tell which one is Gandhi, and which one is the portrayal. It’s also hard to tell the difference in the 1982 biographical film “Gandhi”, between the iconic peace maker and Ben Kingsley, the actor playing him.
James Franco was virtually unknown in Hollywood when he landed the role of the late James Dean in the 2001 film of the same name. Now James is an A-lister, just like James was in the role he played.