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40 Actors Who Look Incredibly Similar to the Historical Figures They Play:
When selecting the cast for a biopic, or biographical movie, the director must walk a fine line between selecting someone for their physical similarity vs. selecting them for having the thespian talent required to play the part. Here's a list of actors who definitely succeeded on the physical similarity side of things, via Bored Panda.
1. Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock.
2. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Jane and Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.
3. Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side.
4. Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
5. Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandella in Invictus.
6. Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in Jobs.
7. Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel.
8. Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart in Amelia.
9. Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida.
10. Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall.
11. Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in Sid and Nancy.
12. Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
13. Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X.
14. Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.
15. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray.
16. Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There.
17. Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind The Candelabra.
18. Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Gandhi.
19. Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors.
20. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote.
21. Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla in Selena.
22. Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin.
23. Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk.
24. Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali in Midnight In Paris.
25. Will Smith as Muhammad Ali.
26. Hannah Taylor-Gordon as Anne Frank in Anne Frank: The Whole Story.
27. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster.
28. John Hurt as Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man.
29. Bill Hader as Andy Warhol.
30. James Franco as James Dean in James Dean.
31. Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash.
32. Anthony Hopkins as Picasso in Surviving Picasso.
33. Marion Cotillard as Édith Piaf in La Vie En Rose/la Môme.
34. Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf.
35. Sam Riley as Ian Curtis in Control.
36. John Goodman as Babe Ruth.
37. Gary Busey as Buddy Holly.
38. Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman in Chapter 27.
39. James Stewart as Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story.