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These Actors Portrayed Famous People From History. How Did They Do?

In order to tell a story, actors transform themselves into a different person. The hope is that they”re convincing enough to captivate an audience.

That job gets more difficult when your audience already has an idea of what the role should look and sound like. That is the case in almost all biographical films. Skilled actors may not have to look the part, but a terrible actor could be the spitting image of the person they”re portraying and still fall flat. How do you these these stars measured up in other people”s shoes?

1. Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in What”s Love Got To Do With It

Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in <em>What

2. Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh in Hitchcock

Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh in <em>Hitchcock</em>

3. Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line

Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in <em>Walk the Line</em>

4. Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line

Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash in <em>Walk the Line</em>

5. Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire

Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis in <em>Great Balls of Fire</em>

6. Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in I”m Not There

Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in <em>I

7. Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rat Pack

Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis Jr. in <em>The Rat Pack</em>

8. Joe Mantega as Dean Martin in The Rat Pack

Joe Mantega as Dean Martin in <em>The Rat Pack</em>

9. Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice in W

Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice in <em>W</em>

10. Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali in Midnight in Paris

Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali in <em>Midnight in Paris</em>

11. Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra

Michael Douglas as Liberace in <em>Behind the Candelabra</em>

12. Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in <em>My Week With Marilyn</em>

13. Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in Game Change

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in <em>Game Change</em>

14. Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life

Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh in <em>Lust for Life</em>

15. James Franco as James Dean in James Dean

James Franco as James Dean in <em>James Dean</em>

16. Salma Hayek as Frida Khalo in Frida

Salma Hayek as Frida Khalo in <em>Frida</em>

17. Brad Pitt as Jesse James in The Assassination of Jesse James

Brad Pitt as Jesse James in <em>The Assassination of Jesse James</em>

18. Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla in Selena

Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla in <em>Selena</em>

19. Al Pacino as Phil Spector in Phil Spector

Al Pacino as Phil Spector in <em>Phil Spector</em>

20. Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in <em>Hitchcock</em>

21. Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy

Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in <em>Sid and Nancy</em>

22. Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in The Runaways

Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in <em>The Runaways</em>

23. James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl

James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in <em>Howl</em>

24. Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde in Wilde

Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde in <em>Wilde</em>

25. Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon

Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in <em>Man on the Moon</em>

26. Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors

Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in <em>The Doors</em>

27. Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland

Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in <em>The Last King of Scotland</em>

28. Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk

Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in <em>Milk</em>

29. Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in <em>Lincoln</em>

30. Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side

Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in <em>All Is By My Side</em>

31. George C. Scott as General George Patton in Patton

George C. Scott as General George Patton in <em>Patton</em>

32. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in <em>Ray</em>

33. Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in <em>The Fifth Estate</em>

34. Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in Jobs

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in <em>Jobs</em>

35. Josh Brolin as George W. Bush in W

Josh Brolin as George W. Bush in <em>W</em>

36. Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar

Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover in <em>J. Edgar</em>

37. Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel

Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel in <em>Coco Before Chanel</em>

38. Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in <em>The Iron Lady</em>

39. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John Lennon in Nowhere Boy

Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John Lennon in <em>Nowhere Boy</em>

40. Jonathan Rhys as Elvis in Elvis

Jonathan Rhys as Elvis in <em>Elvis</em>

41. Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin

Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in <em>Chaplin</em>

42. Johnny Depp as Ed Wood in Ed Wood

Johnny Depp as Ed Wood in <em>Ed Wood</em>

Pretty close, right? With enough talent and perfect makeup, these actors were dead ringers for their historical counterparts.