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17 Actors Who Have Amazing Resemblances To The Characters They Portrayed

Many historical figures have been given new life on-screen by some of Hollywood’s most talented actors. There are many figures who have had some impact on the world, such as George W. Bush, Winston Churchill, and so on. Their legacy stories have become the inspiration for movie producers and directors around the world.

Many consider biopics to be some of the most difficult and rewarding roles in Hollywood. Having acting talent is not enough to make watchers feel the character’s life on-screen. The actors also have to embody all the available information about that historical figure. Usually, they have to undergo significant physical transformations to present the role they portray. However, there are a few actors who, luckily, have amazing resemblances to the characters they play. Of course, it’s not just the actor who does all the work—casting experts and makeup artists also play a huge role in bringing these famous figures back to life on the big screen.

Scroll down to see 17 actors who look exactly like the historical characters they portrayed.

#1 Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in “Hitchcock”:

Source: Suzanne Tenner/Fox Searchlight Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

The real Alfred Hitchcock:

Source: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

The two side by side:

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#2 Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush in “Vice”:

Source: Matt Kennedy / Annapurna Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

The real George W. Bush:

Source: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images

The two side by side:

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#3 Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers in “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”:

Source: HBO

The real Peter Sellers:

Source: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Focus Features /Courtesy Everett Collection

#4 Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”:

Source: Central Press/Hulton Archive / Getty Images

The real Winston Churchill:

Source: Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection / Keystone / Getty Images

Here they are side by side

Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films/Courtesy Everett Collection

#5 Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy:

Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films/Courtesy Everett Collection

The real Sid Vicious:

Source: Richard E. Aaron / Redferns via Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Daily Express / Hulton Archive / Getty Images / Samuel Goldwyn/ Everett Collection

#6 Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon”:

Source: Universal Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection

The real Andy Kaufman:

Source: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Universal Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection / American Broadcasting Companies via Getty Images

#7 Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in “Vice”:

Source: Matt Kennedy / Annapurna Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

The real Dick Cheney:

Source: William Thomas Cain / Getty Images

Them side by side:

Source: Matt Kennedy / Annapurna Pictures / Everett Collection / Gary Dunkin / MCT / Tribune News Service via Getty Images

#8 Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”:

Source: 20th Century Fox

The real Freddie Mercury:

Source: Michael Putland / Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Paul Natkin / Getty Images / Alex Bailey / 20th Century Fox./ Everett Collection

#9 Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in “Malcolm X”:

Source: Warner Bros

The real Malcolm X:

Source: Express Newspapers / Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Robert Elfstrom / Villon Films / Getty Images / Warner Bros / Everett Collection

#10 Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”:

Source: Byron Cohen / FX / Courtesy: Everett Collection

The real Johnnie Cochran:

Source: Lee Celano / WireImage via Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Hal Garb / AFP via Getty Images / Prashant Gupta / FX / Courtesy Everett Collection

#11 Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in “The Doors”:

Source: Tristar Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

The real Jim Morrison:

Source: Andrew Maclear/Hulton Archive / Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Tri-Star Pictures / Everett Collection / Chris Walter / WireImage via Getty Images

#12 Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in “Ray”:

Source: Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

The real Ray Charles:

Source: James Kriegsmann/Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Universal / courtesy Everett Collection / Tony Evans / Getty Images

#13 Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden on “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”:

Source: Ray Mickshaw / FX / Courtesy: Everett Collection

The real Christopher Darden:

Source: Pool / Getty Images

Here’s a side by side:

Source: Ray Mickshaw / FX / Courtesy: Everett Collection / POO/AFP via Getty Images

#14 Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in “Invictus”:

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

The real Nelson Mandela:

Source: Trevor Samson / Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection / Hamish Blair/Liaison via Getty Images

#15 Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse in “Fosse/Verdon”:

Source: FX /Courtesy Everett Collection

Here’s the real Bob Fosse:

Source: Evening Standard / Getty Images

Here’s a side by side:

Source: Michael Parmalee / FX / Courtesy Everett Collection / John Downing/Daily Express/Hulton Archive / Getty Images

#16 Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore in “Dolemite Is My Name”:

Source: Netflix / courtesy Everett Collection

The real Rudy Ray Moore:

Source: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Francois Duhamel / Netflix /Courtesy Everett Collection / Getty Images

#17 Paul Walter Hauser as Shawn Eckardt in “I, Tonya”:

Source: A24 / courtesy Everett Collection

The real Shawn Eckardt:

Source: CHRIS WILKINS/AFP via Getty Images

The two side by side:

Source: Frank Masi/30West / courtesy Everett Collection / CHRIS WILKINS/AFP via Getty Images

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