Table of content    
  1. Benedict Cumberbatch
  2. Scarlett Johansson
  3. Angelina Jolie
  4. Emma Stone
  5. Tilda Swinton
  6. Christian Bale
  7. Joseph Fiennes
  8. Jim Sturgess
  9. Johnny Depp
  10. Rooney Mara
  11. Nicolaj Coster-Waldau
  12. Joel Edgerton
  13. Liam Neeson
  14. Jake Gyllenhaal
  15. Zachary Levi

15 Hollywood Stars Who’ve Played Characters Of A Different Race

In a world where storytelling knows no bounds, many Hollywood stars have proven their ability to transcend the limitations of race through their exceptional acting prowess. Their versatile performances challenge conventional norms and elevate the art of cinematic transformation in the cinema world. From heartwarming dramas to thrilling action-packed blockbusters, these actors have left an indelible mark on the silver screen by effortlessly stepping into characters from various ethnic backgrounds. Their dedication to authenticity, coupled with their impeccable skill set, has shattered the confines of traditional casting, sparking thought-provoking discussions on representation and diversity within the industry.

Below are 15 actors who can play any race. Their iconic performances remind us that acting is a universal language, capable of transcending the boundaries of race and ethnicity. Let's scroll down to be inspired by their ability to embody the essence of any role they undertake, leaving audiences in awe and redefining the very essence of cinematic magic.


#1. Benedict Cumberbatch

The Role: Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. But, like, with whiteness.

#2. Scarlett Johansson

The Role: Major Kusanagi in Ghost In the Shell. Who knew that Scarlett Johansson was secretly a Japanese woman all along?

#3. Angelina Jolie

The Role: Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart. Real-life Mariane is a Jewish-Dutch, Afro-Chinese, and Cuban woman, similar to, um, Angelina?

#4. Emma Stone

The Role: Allison Ng in Aloha – a white-passing "super-proud ¼ Hawaiian." On Jane the Virgin, Rogelio De La Vega said, "I hear she can play any race!"

#5. Tilda Swinton

The Role: The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, was originally a Tibetan role. It's Tilda Swinton now due to various factors.

#6. Christian Bale

The Role: Moses in Exodus: Gods And Kings. M O S E S.

#7. Joseph Fiennes

The Role: Michael Jackson In Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon. Yes, this white actor is portraying a well-known black man from history in 2016!

#8. Jim Sturgess

The Role: Ben Campbell in 21, who in real life is a man named Jeffrey Ma, who is Chinese-American. On the soundtrack to Across the Universe, at least, he sounded good.

#9. Johnny Depp

The Role: Tonto in The Lone Ranger. Depp has previously stated, “I guess I have some Native American somewhere down the line." ????.

#10. Rooney Mara

The Role: Tiger Lily In Pan. But also: Did Pan really happen?

#11. Nicolaj Coster-Waldau

The Role: Horus in Gods Of Egypt. Imagine the call. Oh, they're picturing you as the Game of Thrones character from Denmark, Horus, I see. I'll accept it.


#12. Joel Edgerton

The Role: Ramses, Exodus: Gods And Kings. He was a literal Egyptian king in this movie.

#13. Liam Neeson

The Role: Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. One of many white men playing Ra's in the crowd.

#14. Jake Gyllenhaal

The Role: Dastan in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time. He was the prince of Persia.

#15. Zachary Levi

The Role: Ray Rehman in Shades Of Ray. His character is half-Pakistani. He is not that, but the spray tan gives him much more confidence.

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