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Foxcatcher (2014)
Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo
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Monster (2003)
Charlize Theron as Aileen Wournos

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Milk (2008)
Sean Penn as Harvey Milk

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Frida (2002)
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo

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Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth

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The Insider (1999)
Russell Crowe as Jeffrey Wigand

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Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre

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Chopper (2000)
Eric Bana as Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read

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Domino (2005)
Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey

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Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf

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The Hours (2002)
Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf

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Walk the Line (2005)
Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash

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Into the Wild (2007)
Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless

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Billy Crudup as Steve Prefontaine

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The Soloist (2009)
Jamie Foxx as Nathaniel Ayers

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Changeling (2008)
Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins

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Bronson (2008)
Tom Hardy as Charlie Bronson

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Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan

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Che: Part One (2008)
Benicio Del Toro as Che Guevara

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Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena

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Ned Kelly (2003)
Heath Ledger as Ned Kelly

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W. (2008)
Josh Brolin as George Bush

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Will Smith as Christopher Gardner

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Chapter 27 (2007)
Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman
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Johhny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson

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Creation (2009)
Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin
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The Red Baron (2008)
Matthias Schweighöfer as Manfred von Richthofen.
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Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas

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127 Hours (2010)
James Franco as Aron Ralston

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The Fighter (2010)
Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg
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Fair Game (2010)
Naomi Watts and Sean Penn
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Gerard Butler as Sam Childers
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The Hurricane (1999)
Denzel Washington as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

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Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown

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The Runaways (2010)
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Joan Jett and Cherrie Currie

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Jobs (2013)
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J. Edgar (2011)
Leonard Di Caprio as J Edgar Hoover

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Michael Douglas and Matt Damon
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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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Posted: 6 years, 1 month 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: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 14 16:43
what about denzel washington in Malcolm X?
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 14 21:44
GREAT LIST! I love it! :)
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 15 4:51
Great list and some great potential ones above too! Love it!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month 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: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 16 18:44
Great list and great pics of the real people but unforunately some of them don't work.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 18 13:29
Another suggestion for you

Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman in the movie Chapter 27
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 19 2:49
great suggestion Ironica! Will do!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 19 12:41
Very interesting list
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 24 7:17
Johnny Depp in Fear and loathing in las Vegas... too good
Also Benicio Del Torro Same film
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 24 7:19
Thanks, Damon. Forgot about Depp doing HST. Will add it immediately.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month 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: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 25 16:37
Daniel de Oliveira as Cazuza, in "Cazuza"
Posted: 6 years ago at May 28 6:16
For the Benicio Del Toro one ... you misspelled "the murderer." Hope this helps.
Posted: 5 years, 11 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: 5 years, 10 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: 5 years, 9 months ago at Sep 18 15:46
Angelina looks cute!
Posted: 5 years, 8 months 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: 5 years, 8 months ago at Oct 21 10:16
Sam Riley as Ian Curtis in Control. Beautiful list by the way. :)
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Oct 21 19:57
drew fuller as rod farrell in vampire clan - a kinda unknown movie..
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Oct 21 22:37
Kevin Kostner as Elliott Ness in the untouchables
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Oct 22 4:59
whats that about Emile Hirsch? I thought he was effing hot in into the wild...
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Oct 22 9:15
Thanks for the votes, guys. Will look into those suggestions.
Thanks!
Posted: 5 years, 7 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: 5 years, 6 months ago at Nov 29 2:59
great list
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago at Nov 29 21:22
You REALLY couldn't find a better picture of Joaquin Pheonix?
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago at Dec 19 14:10
Cate Blanchett is a really hot guy.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Jan 12 4:59
High time I made some changes.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Feb 24 1:11
You forgot Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Feb 24 1:11
You forgot Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Mar 29 18:25
jack nicholson in hoffa. but still a great list :D
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Mar 31 16:23
Christian Bale in The Fighter?
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Apr 12 12:20
wow what a great list!!
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at May 18 13:00
awesome list :)) , all movies and characters are good , into the wild my fav :))
Posted: 5 years, 1 month 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: 5 years, 1 month ago at May 18 17:15
love this list! great idea
Posted: 5 years, 1 month 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: 5 years ago at Jun 11 2:55
very very great list!!!
Posted: 5 years ago at Jun 11 10:59
forest whitaker as idi amin...
Posted: 5 years ago at Jun 21 5:14
Great list, though I don't think Keira Knightly really belongs because she doesn't look "ordinary."
Posted: 5 years ago at Jun 22 18:46
RADIO cuba gooding jr
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Aug 5 3:59
What about Jamie Foxx's transformation to become Ray Charles?
Posted: 4 years, 7 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: 4 years, 7 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: 4 years, 7 months ago at Oct 31 23:18
Great suggestions, Vinayak. I'll surely add those.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Oct 31 23:18
Great suggestions, Vinayak. I'll surely add those.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Apr 15 14:01
Boys Don't Cry !
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Jul 15 14:37
Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Feb 8 18:13
Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious!
Posted: 3 years, 3 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: 2 years, 11 months ago at Jul 14 17:22
what a great list, i'm expecting to be continued.
Edit: 2 years, 11 months ago
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Oct 1 18:27
Wow, Some of the resemblances here are so uncanny!!

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