8 Times Actors Pushed Their Limits To Play Other Actors On-Screen

Actors are versatile artists. They’re great at slipping in and out of characters and making us believe in worlds other than our own. Of course, the toughest of roles are those in which they’re required to portray a real person on screen, and the bar is only raised impossibly higher when the said person is another acclaimed performer.

Here are Actors who rose to that challenge and did justice to their roles.

1. Ben Affleck

Played: George Reeves in Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland is a 2006 American period mystery film that presents a fictionalized account of the circumstances surrounding the death of actor George Reeves.

2. Amanda Seyfried

Played: Linda Lovelace in Lovelace

Lovelace is a 2013 American biographical drama movie based on the life of adult actress Linda Boreman, the star of Deep Throat, a film at the forefront of the Golden Age of Porn.

3. Michelle Williams

Played: Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn

My Week with Marilyn is a 2011 British drama film that focuses on the events that occurred during the shooting of the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, which starred Marilyn Monroe.

4. James Franco

Played: James Dean in James Dean

This 2001 biographical television film chronicles the actor’s rise from a struggling artist to an A-list movie star in 1950s Hollywood.

5. Robert Downey Jr.

Played: Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin

Chaplin is a 1992 British-American biographical comedy-drama film about the life of British comedian Charlie Chaplin.

6. Jason Scott Lee

Played: Bruce Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

This 1993 American biographical drama film written and directed by Rob Cohen starred Jason Scott Lee in the titular role.

7. Cate Blanchett

Played: Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator

This 2004 American epic biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese depicts the life of Howard Hughes, an aviation pioneer and director of Hell’s Angels.

8. Vidya Balan

Played: Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture

This 2011 Indian biographical musical drama film that caused much controversy was inspired by the life of Silk Smitha, a South Indian actress noted for her erotic roles.

We can’t wait to see how well Ranbir Kapoor plays Sanjay Dutt in his upcoming biopic Sanju!

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Amanda Francesca Mendonça

After spending pretty much all of my teen years waiting for a Hogwarts letter that never came, I gave up and settled for being a wizard with words instead. A hopeless romantic, when I’m not penning down short stories, I’m busy imagining my own happily ever after.

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