7 Actors Who Masterfully Played Famous People In Movies

Being an actor is to convince the audience that the characters you portray are as real as the audience. But what’s more challenging is to play a real-life character who is known to almost everyone around the world. In order to provide flawless depictions of these famous figures, actors put in a lot of work. From getting the particular character's lifestyle, costumes, and body language, everything is studied carefully because even the smallest detail may cost big at the box office.
But how many actors can portray well the famous people in movies? We’ve compiled a list of the most accurate real-life portrayals ever shown on screen. Let's compare some of them with their real-life counterparts and see if these actors played enough perfectly or not:

#1 Ben Kingsley As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In "Gandhi" (1982)

Mahatma Gandhi was the Mahatma (“Great Soul”) of India. His fame spread worldwide because of his contributions to his country and his doctrine of nonviolent protest to achieve political and social progress. The name Mahatma Gandhi is now one of the most universally recognized on earth.
In 1982, the movie "Gandhi" was released to honor Mahatma Gandhi. And actor Ben Kingsley played perfectly the role of Gandhi in this movie. And for which he subsequently won the Academy Award for Best Actor and BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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

"I'm Not There," is a 2007 musical drama film inspired by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's life and songs. Bob Dylan is recognized as one of the all-time great songwriters. Throughout his more than 60-year career, he has been a key figure in popular culture.
The film earned high reviews and it topped multiple top ten film lists of 2007, including The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, Salon, and The Boston Globe. Cate Blanchett's performance earned her the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

#3 Eddie Redmayne As Stephen Hawking In "The Theory Of Everything" (2014)

Edward John David Redmayne OBE is an English actor who is known for his roles in biopics and blockbusters. And one of his most famous performances is Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" (2014). He played so well in the role of the physicist Stephen Hawking who is admired for his theories and cosmology in general. Thanks to this role, he garnered consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

#4 Gary Oldman As Winston Churchill In "Darkest Hour" (2017)

"Darkest Hour" (2017) is an account of Winston Churchill's early days as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War and the May 1940 War Cabinet Crisis.
The film earned $150 million worldwide and garnered good reviews from reviewers, with many hailing Gary Oldman's performances. The film earned Oldman the Academy Award for Best Actor, as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.

#5 Salma Hayek As Frida Kahlo In "Frida" (2002)

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was a Mexican painter best known for her portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by Mexico's natural and cultural heritage. She used a naive folk painting style to investigate problems of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society, inspired by the country's popular culture. Her paintings were frequently autobiographical and blended reality and imagination.
In 2002, "Frida" directed by Julie Taymor depicted the professional and private life of this talented artist. The movie received much praise from critics and was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two for Best Makeup and Best Original Score. The success of the movie is thanks to the efforts of the filmmakers and the main actress Salma Hayek.

#6 Andre 3000 As Jimi Hendrix In "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (2013)

"Jimi: All Is by My Side" is a 2013 biographical drama film about Jimi Hendrix - "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music". The film chronicles Hendrix's early career, from his arrival in London through the formation of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the rise to prominence that preceded his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival. André 3000's performance in the film was praised by critics and got him a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

#7 Rami Malek As Freddie Mercury In "Bohemian Rhapsody" (2018)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a biographical musical drama film released in 2018 that depicts the biography of Freddie Mercury, the lead vocalist of the British rock band Queen who was regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music.
The film became the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time and the sixth highest-grossing movie of 2018. Though the film garnered mixed reviews overall, many praised Rami Malek's performance. He won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film.
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