50 Actors Who Looked Exactly Like The People They Portrayed

Hollywood, California — Casting directors have a tough job in Hollywood. With millions of dollars on the line, they’re tasked with finding the right actors to fit each critical role. It’s like trying to fit each piece into a large jigsaw puzzle.

Sometimes they get it wrong, and sometimes they get it right. When they get it wrong, the film can easily turn into a major flop at the box office. But when they do get it right, we’re left in complete awe at the magic of the silver screen.

Here are 50 movies where the casting directors scored a major win:

1Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher In The Iron Lady 2011

04 - Meryl Streep As Margaret Thatcher In The Iron Lady 2011

2Robert Downey Jr as Charlie Chaplin In Chaplin 1992

05 - Robert Downey Jr As Charlie Chaplin In Chaplin 1992

3Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler In Downfall 2004

06 - Bruno Ganz As Adolf Hitler In Downfall 2004

4Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In Gandhi 1982

07 - Ben Kingsley As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In Gandhi 1982

5Gary Oldman as Ludwig Van Beethoven In Immortal Beloved 1994

08 - Gary Oldman As Ludwig Van Beethoven In Immortal Beloved 1994

6Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali In Midnight In Paris 2011

17 - Adrien Brody As Salvador Dali In Midnight In Paris 2011

7Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos In Monster 2003

16 - Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos In Monster 2003

8Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela In Invictus 2009

15 - Morgan Freeman As Nelson Mandela In Invictus 2009

9Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs In Jobs 2013

14 - Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs In Jobs 2013

10Hellen Mirren as HM Queen Elizabeth II In The Queen 2007

13 - Hellen Mirren As HM Queen Elizabeth II In The Queen 2007

11Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan In I’m Not There 2007

12 - Cate Blanchett As Bob Dylan In I039m Not There 2007

12Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock In Hitchcock 2012

11 - Anthony Hopkins As Alfred Hitchcock In Hitchcock 2012

13Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla-Prez In Selena 1997

10 - Jennifer Lopez As Selena Quintanilla-Prez In Selena 1997

14Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln In Lincoln 2012

09 - Daniel DayLewis As Abraham Lincoln In Lincoln 2012

15Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh In Lust For Life 1956

18 - Kirk Douglas As Vincent Van Gogh In Lust For Life 1956

16Marion Cotillard as Dith Piaf in La Vie En Rose 2007

19 - Marion Cotillard As dith Piaf In La Vie En Rose 2007

17Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers In The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers 2004

20 - Geoffrey Rush As Peter Sellers In The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers 2004

18Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as Sid Vicious And His Girlfriend Nancy Spungen In Sid and Nancy 1986

21 - Gary Oldman And Chloe Webb As Sid Vicious And His Girlfriend Nancy Spungen In Sid And Nancy 1986

19Denzel Washington as Malcolm X In Malcolm X 1992

22 - Denzel Washington As Malcolm X In Malcolm X 1992

20Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso In Surviving Picasso 1996

23 - Anthony Hopkins As Pablo Picasso In Surviving Picasso 1996

21Hannah Taylor-Gordon as Anne Frank In Anne Frank The Whole Story 2001

24 - Hannah Taylor-Gordon As Anne Frank In Anne Frank The Whole Story 2001

22Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix In Jimi All Is By My Side 2013

25 - Andr 3000 As Jimi Hendrix In Jimi All Is By My Side 2013

23James Franco as James Dean In James Dean 2001

26 - James Franco As James Dean In James Dean 2001

24Daniel Brhl as Niki Lauda In Rush 2013

35 - Daniel Brhl As Niki Lauda In Rush 2013

25James Franco as Aron Ralston In 127 Hours 2010

34 - James Franco As Aron Ralston In 127 hours 2010

26Albert Finney as Winston Churchill In The Gathering Storm 2002

33 - Albert Finney As Winston Churchill In The Gathering Storm 2002

27Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge In Introducing Dorothy Dandridge 2000

32 - Halle Berry As Dorothy Dandridge In Introducing Dorothy Dandridge 2000

28Sean Penn as Harvey Milk In Milk 2008

31 - Sean Penn As Harvey Milk In Milk 2008

29Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde In Wilde 1997

30 - Stephen Fry As Oscar Wilde In Wilde 1997

30Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe In My Week With Marilyn 2011

29 - Michelle Williams As Marilyn Monroe In My Week With Marilyn 2011

31Benicio Del Toro as Ernesto Chequot Guevara In Che 2008

28 - Benicio Del Toro As Ernesto quotChequot Guevara In Che 2008

32Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart In Amelia 2009

27 - Hilary Swank As Amelia Earhart In Amelia 2009

33Robert Downey Jr as Charlie Chaplin In Chaplin 1992

36 - Robert Downey Jr As Charlie Chaplin In Chaplin 1992

34Johnny Depp as James “Whitey” Bulger In Black Mass 2015

37 - Johnny Depp As James 039Whitey039 Bulger In Black Mass 2015

35Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel In Coco Before Chanel 2009

38 - Audrey Tautou As Coco Chanel In Coco Before Chanel 2009

36Reese Witherspoon and Joacquin Phoenix as June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash In Walk The Line 2005

39 - Reese Witherspoon Andjoacquin Phoenix As June Carter Cash And Johnny Cash In Walk The Line 2005

37Michael Douglas as Liberace In Behind The Candelabra 2013

40 - Michael Douglas As Liberace In Behind The Candelabra 2013

38Naomi Watts as Princess Diana In Diana 2013

41 - Naomi Watts As Princess Diana In Diana 2013

39Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless In Into The Wild 2007

42 - Emile Hirsch As Christopher McCandless In Into The Wild 2007

40Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman In Man On The Moon 1999

43 - Jim Carrey As Andy Kaufman In Man On The Moon 1999

41Peter O’Toole as TE Lawrence In Lawrence Of Arabia 1962

44 - Peter O039Toole As TE Lawrence In Lawrence Of Arabia 1962

42Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison In The Doors 1991

03 - Val Kilmer As Jim Morrison In The Doors 1991

43Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles In Ray 2004

02 - Jamie Foxx As Ray Charles In Ray 2004

44Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen Hawking With His Wife Jane Wilde In The Theory Of Everything 2014

01 - Eddie Redmayne And Felicity Jones As Stephen Hawking With His Wife Jane Wilde In The Theory Of Everything 2014

45Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly In Grace Of Monaco 2014

50 - Nicole Kidman As Grace Kelly In Grace Of Monaco 2014

46Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote In Capote 2005

49 - Philip Seymour Hoffman As Truman Capote In Capote 2005

47Jeff Daniels as Joshua Chamberlain In Gettysburg 1993

48 - Jeff Daniels As Joshua Chamberlain In Gettysburg 1993

48Meryl Streep as Julia Child In Julie And Julia 2009

47 - Meryl Streep As Julia Child In Julie And Julia 2009

49Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass In The Revenant 2016

46 - Leonardo DiCaprio As Hugh Glass In The Revenant 2016

50Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler In Schindler’s List 1993

45 - Liam Neeson As Oskar Schindler In Schindler039s List 1993

 

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