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on 14 May 2010 02:29

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When beautiful actors play real people

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People who added this item 1617  Average listal rating (947 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
1. Monster (2003)
Charlize Theron as Aileen Wournos

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TO PLAY THE NOTORIOUS SERIAL KILLER


People who added this item 1859  Average listal rating (1061 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
2. Milk (2008)
Sean Penn as Harvey Milk

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TO PLAY THE GAY RIGHTS MOVER

People who added this item 1189  Average listal rating (683 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
3. Frida (2002)
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo

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TO PLAY THE ARTIST

People who added this item 1056  Average listal rating (651 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
4. The Insider (1999)
Russell Crowe as Jeffrey Wigand

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TO PLAY WHISTLE-BLOWER

People who added this item 656  Average listal rating (377 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.5 
5. The Informant! (2009)
Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre

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TO PLAY ANOTHER WHISTLE-BLOWER
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People who added this item 232  Average listal rating (137 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.2 
6. Chopper (2000)
Eric Bana as Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read

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TO PLAY BAD-ASS


People who added this item 996  Average listal rating (645 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
7. Domino (2005)
Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey

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TO PLAY THE INFAMOUS BOUNTY HUNTER

People who added this item 948  Average listal rating (518 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
8. La Vie en Rose (2007)
Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf

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TO PLAY THE LITTLE SPARROW


People who added this item 1803  Average listal rating (1007 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
9. The Hours (2002)
Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf

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TO PLAY THE LITERARY GIANT

People who added this item 2700  Average listal rating (1673 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
10. Walk the Line (2005)
Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash

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TO PLAY THE MUSICAL LEGEND

People who added this item 2985  Average listal rating (1849 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
11. Into the Wild (2007)
Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless

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TO PLAY THE DOOMED ADVENTURER

People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
12. Without Limits (1998)
Billy Crudup as Steve Prefontaine

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TO PLAY THE INSPIRING ATHLETE

People who added this item 591  Average listal rating (300 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
13. The Soloist (2009)
Jamie Foxx as Nathaniel Ayers

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TO PLAY THIS MUSICAL PRODIGY

People who added this item 1878  Average listal rating (1111 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
14. Changeling (2008)
Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins

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TO PLAY THE RELENTLESS MOTHER

People who added this item 635  Average listal rating (423 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
15. Bronson (2008)
Tom Hardy as Charlie Bronson

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TO PLAY THIS CRAZY LOON

People who added this item 1238  Average listal rating (614 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
16. I'm Not There (2007)
Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan

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TO PLAY THE LIVING LEGEND


People who added this item 524  Average listal rating (269 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
17. Che: Part One (2008)
Benicio Del Toro as Che Guevara

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TO PLAY THE REVOLUTIONARY HERO

People who added this item 1583  Average listal rating (879 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
18. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena

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TO PLAY THE WOMAN WHO PLAYED A MAN

People who added this item 505  Average listal rating (230 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
19. Ned Kelly (2003)
Heath Ledger as Ned Kelly

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TO PLAY OUTLAW

People who added this item 441  Average listal rating (255 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.4 
20. W. (2008)
Josh Brolin as George Bush

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TO PLAY THIS GUY

People who added this item 2689  Average listal rating (1710 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
21. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Will Smith as Christopher Gardner

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TO A LOVING DAD

People who added this item 293  Average listal rating (149 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 5.7 
22. Chapter 27 (2007)
Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman
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TO LENNON'S KILLER

People who added this item 2915  Average listal rating (1723 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
23. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Johhny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson

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TO PLAY THE GONZO GOD

People who added this item 251  Average listal rating (118 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.8 
24. Creation (2009)
Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin
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TO PLAY THE GREAT THINKER

People who added this item 92  Average listal rating (48 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.3 
25. The Red Baron (2008)
Matthias Schweighöfer as Manfred von Richthofen.
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TO PLAY THE WWI ACE
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People who added this item 381  Average listal rating (165 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.3 
26. The Edge of Love (2008)
Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas

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TO PLAY THE MODERN POET
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People who added this item 1933  Average listal rating (1200 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
27. 127 Hours (2010)
James Franco as Aron Ralston

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TO PLAY THE INSPIRING SURVIVOR
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People who added this item 1542  Average listal rating (973 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
28. The Fighter (2010)
Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg
as Dicky Eklund and Micky Ward

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TO PLAY BROTHER BOXERS

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People who added this item 312  Average listal rating (177 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.8 
29. Fair Game (2010)
Naomi Watts and Sean Penn
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Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson

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TO PLAY CIA AGENT AND AMBASSADOR
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People who added this item 216  Average listal rating (117 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
30. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
Gerard Butler as Sam Childers
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TO PLAY PREACHER/PROTECTOR
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People who added this item 521  Average listal rating (336 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
31. The Hurricane (1999)
Denzel Washington as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

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TO PLAY A WOULD-HAVE-BEEN ONE OF THE BEST

People who added this item 571  Average listal rating (324 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.9 
32. My Left Foot (1989)
Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown

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TO PLAY THE INSPIRING PAINTER


 

Beautiful and talented actors go to lengths to play a role, transforming into real-life characters. It's the only way to be remembered: acting ability and not just looks.

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 14 15:37
Suggestions..

Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry
Helen Mirren in The Queen
Johnny Depp in The Libertine & Finding Neverland
Will Smith in Ali
Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly
Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 14 16:43
what about denzel washington in Malcolm X?
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 14 21:44
GREAT LIST! I love it! :)
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 15 4:51
Great list and some great potential ones above too! Love it!
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 16 3:25
Thanks for the vote, guys!
I'll surely consider those great suggestions.

You're right 350125g0, i was actually kinda making a little fun with Joaquin Phoenix back there. hehe.

Thanks again.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 16 18:44
Great list and great pics of the real people but unforunately some of them don't work.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 18 13:29
Another suggestion for you

Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman in the movie Chapter 27
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 19 2:49
great suggestion Ironica! Will do!
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 19 12:41
Very interesting list
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 24 7:17
Johnny Depp in Fear and loathing in las Vegas... too good
Also Benicio Del Torro Same film
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 24 7:19
Thanks, Damon. Forgot about Depp doing HST. Will add it immediately.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 24 13:18
Great post... loved it.... there could also be:

Adrien Brody as Wladyslaw Szpilman
Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles
Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 25 16:37
Daniel de Oliveira as Cazuza, in "Cazuza"
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 28 6:16
For the Benicio Del Toro one ... you misspelled "the murderer." Hope this helps.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Jul 28 17:34
Joaquin Phoenix didn't look that until AFTER he got out of sick of hollywood retard land.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Aug 1 19:19
The only problem I have is that Cate Blanchett didn't play Bob Dylan she played Jude Quinn who is a persona of Bob Dylan in the film, but still a great list. You should add Val Kilner as Jim Morrison from The Doors.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Sep 18 15:46
Angelina looks cute!
Posted: 4 years ago at Oct 16 7:26
On of the first time an actor went to extremes to play a real person: Tom Hanks in Philadelphia.
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Posted: 4 years ago at Oct 21 10:16
Sam Riley as Ian Curtis in Control. Beautiful list by the way. :)
Posted: 4 years ago at Oct 21 19:57
drew fuller as rod farrell in vampire clan - a kinda unknown movie..
Posted: 4 years ago at Oct 21 22:37
Kevin Kostner as Elliott Ness in the untouchables
Posted: 4 years ago at Oct 22 4:59
whats that about Emile Hirsch? I thought he was effing hot in into the wild...
Posted: 4 years ago at Oct 22 9:15
Thanks for the votes, guys. Will look into those suggestions.
Thanks!
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Nov 5 21:24
Why is Harvy Milk... a "This" when most everyone else is listed as whatever it was they accomplished? bullshit.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Nov 29 2:59
great list
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Nov 29 21:22
You REALLY couldn't find a better picture of Joaquin Pheonix?
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Dec 19 14:10
Cate Blanchett is a really hot guy.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 12 4:59
High time I made some changes.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Feb 24 1:11
You forgot Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Feb 24 1:11
You forgot Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Mar 29 18:25
jack nicholson in hoffa. but still a great list :D
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Mar 31 16:23
Christian Bale in The Fighter?
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Apr 12 12:20
wow what a great list!!
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at May 18 13:00
awesome list :)) , all movies and characters are good , into the wild my fav :))
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at May 18 13:31
Cate Blanchett also played Katherine Hepburn in Aviator and Leonardo DiCaprio played Howard Hughes in the same movie!

What about Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci portraying Jake LaMotta & Joey LaMotta, respectively in Raging Bull!

Let me know if these suggestions worked!
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at May 18 17:15
love this list! great idea
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at May 20 2:12
Great List,
Hilary Swank in Boys Don't cry, Cate blanchett as Dylan and Jared Leto as Mark david chapman were my favourites!!!!!
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jun 11 2:55
very very great list!!!
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jun 11 10:59
forest whitaker as idi amin...
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jun 21 5:14
Great list, though I don't think Keira Knightly really belongs because she doesn't look "ordinary."
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jun 22 18:46
RADIO cuba gooding jr
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Aug 5 3:59
What about Jamie Foxx's transformation to become Ray Charles?
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Oct 31 18:30
Here are some more.

Leonardo Di Caprio plays J Edgar Hoover in 'J.Edgar' (soon to be released)

Russell Crowe plays Prof John Forbes Nash, Jr. in 'A Beautiful Mind'.

Ben Kingsley in the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi (1982)

Bruno Ganz plays Adolf Hitler in the WWII movie 'Der Untergang' a.k.a 'The Downfall'

Tom Cruise as Col Claus von Stauffenberg in 'Valkyrie'.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Oct 31 19:11
More Actors and the roles they played....I just can't stop.

Frank Langella plays President Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon.

Johnny Depp takes on the role of Depression-era Bank Robber, John Dillinger, in Public Enemies.

Denzel Washington plays the innocent boxer behind bars Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, in The Hurricane.

Hrithik Roshan plays the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great in Jodhaa Akbar

Adrien Brody plays the role of WWII Jewish musician, and holocaust survivor, Władysław Szpilman. In Roman Polanski's masterpiece 'The Pianist'

Liam Neeson plays Oskar Schindler, the German Industrialist who saved several Jews from near certain death in WWII. In Spielberg's Oscar winning WWII movie ‘Schindler’s List’.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Oct 31 23:18
Great suggestions, Vinayak. I'll surely add those.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Oct 31 23:18
Great suggestions, Vinayak. I'll surely add those.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 15 14:01
Boys Don't Cry !
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Jul 15 14:37
Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Feb 8 18:13
Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious!
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Mar 13 15:29
Angelina Jolie in Changeling was amazing. She looked beautiful in that and film and the acting was oscar worthy but lost in that year.
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at Jul 14 17:22
what a great list, i'm expecting to be continued.
Edit: 1 year, 3 months ago
Posted: 1 year ago at Oct 1 18:27
Wow, Some of the resemblances here are so uncanny!!

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