30 Side-By-Side Photos Of Actors And The Real-Life Figures They Portrayed

The biopic is currently one of Hollywood's favorite film genres. It seems like every day, a new biopic about someone famous is announced, with huge names attached to the project.
Last year sees the releases of many biopics, Being the Ricardos, King Richard, Respect, Spencer, and Judas and the Black Messiah, among many others.
To be fair, biopics are made for the public; instead are known to be award bait. Meaning, likely, you are going to hear about their achievement before ever watching them.
The thing is, you can, but you shouldn’t. Biopics production values are insanely high. Many biopics are done beautifully, romanticizing or dramatizing an already happened event. Or honoring the life of an influential person or historical figure.
Especially in the case where a biopic is about a person. Here, through makeup and costume design, the chosen actor truly reincarnates the person they are playing on the screen.
Don’t believe us? Try telling these 30 actors apart from the person they were supposed to play.

#1 Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy: Jackie (2016)

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#2 Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan: I'm Not There (2007)

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#3 Sam Riley as Joy Division's Ian Curtis: Control (2007)

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#4 Angela Bassett as Tina Turner: What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

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#5 Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman: Man on the Moon (1999)

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#6 Taron Egerton as Elton John: Rocketman (2019)

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#7 Diana Ross as Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

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#8 Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe: My Week with Marilyn (2011)

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#9 Christian Bale as Dick Cheney: Vice (2018)

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#10 Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

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#11 Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett: The Runaways (2010)

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#12 Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo: Frida (2002)

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#13 Jennifer Lopez as Selena: Selena (1997)

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#14 Will Smith as Muhammad Ali: Ali (2001)

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#15 Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock: Hitchcock (2012)

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#16 John C. Reilly as Ollie Hardy: Stan & Ollie (2018)

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#17 Óscar Jaenada as Cantinflas: Cantinflas (2014)

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#18 Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel: Stan & Ollie (2018)

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#19 Madonna as Eva Perón: Evita (1996)

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#20 Marion Cotillard as Édith Piaf: La Vie en Rose (2007)

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#21 Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes: The Aviator (2004)

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#22 Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady (2011)

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#23 Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles: Ray (2004)

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#24 Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams: I Saw the Light (2016)

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#25 Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen (2006)

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#26 Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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#27 Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

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#28 Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath: Sylvia (2003)

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#29 Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln (2012)

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#30 Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison: The Doors (1991)

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