Actors pretend to be other people. It's what actors do. Sometimes they fail. Other times they succeed. And sometimes they embody their characters so completely that you forget you're watching a movie. Take some of the best biopics for example. Did you notice Helen Mirren while watching The Queen, or was it Elizabeth II you saw? What about Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, or Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln? Even now it's difficult to think of Ben Kingsley or Mahatma Gandhi without associating one with the other, because like all of the above, the actor didn't just play a role - they became that role.


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In homage to these amazing performances, Bored Panda has compiled a list of the most accurate real-life portrayals to ever hit the silver screen. Take a look at the pictures below and vote for the most convincing!

#3 Robert Downey Jr. As Charlie Chaplin In Chaplin (1992)

Robert Downey Jr. As Charlie Chaplin In Chaplin (1992)

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varwenea 1 year ago

This was THE movie that showcased Robert Downey Jr as a true actor. Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes movies are forgettable compared to this signature piece.

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#4 Ben Kingsley As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In Gandhi (1982)

Ben Kingsley As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In Gandhi (1982)

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Olha Khanas 1 year ago

He also played a Jew Itzhak Stern in "Schindler`s List", by the way))

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#5 Val Kilmer As Jim Morrison In The Doors (1991)

Val Kilmer As Jim Morrison In The Doors (1991)

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Ivana Guzijan 1 year ago

I have to look really carefully to tell them apart every time! :)

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#6 Daniel Day‑Lewis As Abraham Lincoln In Lincoln (2012)

Daniel Day‑Lewis As Abraham Lincoln In Lincoln (2012)

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Luis Sancho 1 year ago

I know he looks the part, but I read somewhere that Lincoln seemed to have a high toned voice, instead of the gravely sounding voice on the movie...would be wonderful to have had recording technology when he was alive.

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#9 Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos In Monster (2003)

Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos In Monster (2003)

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Maria Ivanova 1 year ago

She was amazing in this role! It is more than difficult for pretty woman like her to become such a monster!

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#11 Hellen Mirren As HM Queen Elizabeth II In The Queen (2007)

Hellen Mirren As HM Queen Elizabeth II In The Queen (2007)

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Liz Miller 1 year ago

Helen Mirren is absolute class, elegance and style. She was born for that role!

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#13 Bruno Ganz As Adolf Hitler In Downfall (2004)

Bruno Ganz As Adolf Hitler In Downfall (2004)

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Meda Go 1 year ago

Bruno Ganz looks more like Hitler than Hitler by him self

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#15 Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs In Jobs (2013)

Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs In Jobs (2013)

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iblowsheep 1 year ago

he did Okay with the look but his performance was total crap.

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