Popcornnews recalled several films where actors not only reincarnated as famous personalities – they were literally indistinguishable. Others managed to get used to the role extremely badly.
Gary Oldman – Winston Churchill (Darkest Hours, 2018)
Who just did not play Churchill in all kinds of biographies and art productions. However, it was Gary Oldman who was able to win the four largest awards in the Best Actor category at once. The main condition from the actor for filming was the participation of the artist Kazuhiro Tsuji, who was responsible for the most complex makeup. But critics and viewers alike agree that no makeup can give such an effect as the acting of an actor who really got used to the role.
Eddie Redmayne – Stephen Hawking (Stephen Hawking Universe, 2014)
In the biopic Stephen Hawking’s Universe, the famous scientist was played by Briton Eddie Redmayne. It was one of the most difficult jobs for him. As the actor himself said, “Hawking will be the strictest judge.” The result met all expectations: the picture nominated for five Oscars and won the Best Actor nomination, which was brilliantly performed by Eddie Redmayne.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing (The Imitation Game, 2014)
Benedict Cumberbatch starred in a cryptographic drama about a burglar on the famous German Enigma encryption machine. For the actor who played Sherlock Holmes, such a transformation was hardly something really difficult. The film took the main award at the Toronto Film Festival, and Cumberbatch himself won the Best Actor nomination at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs (Jobs: Empire of Seduction, 2013)
While many believe that Ashton Kutcher does little to add depth to stage characters, his desire to fit into the role of Jobs for this picture can be called manic. However, the preconceived attitude of the community prevented the achievement of the desired – the film almost won the “Golden Raspberry”.
Benicio Del Toro – Che Guevara; Demian Bichir – Fidel Castro (“Che: Part One. Argentinian”, 2008)
Preparing for the role of the formidable commander, Benicio Del Toro spent seven whole years studying the archives about the life of Che Guevara. For Demian Bichir, the image of Fidel Castro is perhaps one of the most striking achievements in his filmography. At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Del Toro won a silver award for Best Actor, as he did at the 2009 Goya Awards.
Audrey Tautou – Coco Chanel (Coco do Chanel, 2009)
Playing a famous fashion designer is not easy, even if you are a model-looking girl yourself. Coco Chanel is fashion itself. Who, no matter how purebred Frenchwoman, known for the movie “Amelie”, could have played her better. Audrey Taut succeeded brilliantly, which is confirmed by the nominations for Best Actress in such awards as BAFTA and Cesar.
Naomi Watts – Princess Diana (Diana: A Love Story, 2013)
The last two years of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, had a chance to play the beautiful British woman Naomi Watts. Of course, this turned out to be a unique experience for the actress, she was given a certain amount of trust, which, however, was not justified, because the film received extremely low ratings from both critics and viewers. The Guardian called the picture a disaster at all.
Michelle Williams – Marilyn Monroe (7 Days and Nights with Marilyn, 2011)
In the drama of Simon Curtis “7 Days and Nights with Marilyn”, the role of the inimitable blonde was played by the American with Norwegian roots Michelle Williams (“Isle of the Damned”, “Brokeback Mountain”). During the casting, it was not easy for her to beat competitors in the person of Kate Hudson, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson. However, the result – several nominations and a victory at the 2012 Golden Globes – was definitely worth it.
Anthony Hopkins – Pablo Picasso (Living Life with Picasso, 1996)
Anthony Hopkins has always been able to really get used to the role assigned to him. He is a recognized master of reincarnation. This was demonstrated by the work of James Ivory, in which the actor learned to walk, think and live like Picasso, adopting every known trait of genius. It is a pity that there is no room at all in the film to demonstrate the artist’s work, because the key role in it is assigned to the love affairs of the great talent.
Meryl Streep – Margaret Thatcher (The Iron Lady, 2011)
Playing “The Iron Lady” is an art that requires special qualities from an actress. The audience warmly received Meryl Streep in this image, but Margaret Thatcher herself did not appreciate the efforts of the actress, because “she could not embody the real image on the screen”. But the real “Iron Lady” generally believed that they had made an entertainment attraction out of her career, and in advance reacted negatively to any attempts to transfer her life to the movie screens.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – John Lennon (“Become John Lennon”, 2009)
A fictional biography about the childhood and adolescence of the famous musician, based on the book by Lennon’s sister, almost won the Best Film nomination at the British BAFTA Awards. Undoubtedly, this was facilitated by the special charisma and acting skill of the promising at that time Aaron Taylor-Johnson. After all, many went to the movies for this movie precisely because of the cutie on the poster.
Jared Leto – Mark Chapman (Chapter 27, 2006)
It’s one thing to be John Lennon, and quite another to be his killer. The genius of reincarnation, forever young Jared Leto has changed beyond recognition for the role of the killer of the idol of millions. The actor gained over 30 kilograms and made viewers really hate his character. It is good that immediately after leaving the image, he again regained the appearance of an ageless handsome man, because critics did not rate the picture too highly.