Actors who look a lot like historical figures they played

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The choice of cast for a biographical or historical film is often controversial because, unlike fictions, there is a visual reference for the characters that will appear on the screen.

For this reason, actors do not always have the best reception, since some do not physically resemble the historical character they play.

In most cases, the makeup team is responsible for making the necessary modifications to completely transform the actors and give them a new personality.

Some examples of this are Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody o Gary Oldman como Winston Churchill en The Darkest Hours, whose performances earned them an Oscar.

However, without the costume and makeup, they were not necessarily identical to the character they played. Instead, there are other actors who gave life to historical figures and their resemblance is undeniable, even off-screen and others who are waiting to be called to play someone to whom they are extremely similar.

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Lindsay Lohan como Elizabeth Taylor

In 2012, Lindsay Lohan starred in Liz & Dick, a film that portrayed the love between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton during their stardom years.

The film did not receive positive reviews; However, Lohan’s resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor is undeniable, even without the black hair and makeup she used on the film.

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David Oyelowo como Martin Luther King Jr.

David Oyelowo played Martin Luther King in Selma, a historical drama from 2014 that portrays the struggle of the African American activist for the rights of his community.

Oyelowo was very much like Martin Luther King, despite being British, and his performance led to a Golden Globe nomination.

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Benedict Cumberbatch como Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein is often called the fifth Beatle because he was the manager of the Liverpool Quartet. In 2012, it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch would play Epstein in a biopic made by the series director. Sherlock.

The project never materialized, but there were constant comparisons with the physicist of Cumberbatch and the former manager, because, in addition to being British, they were very similar.

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Nina Arianda as Janis Joplin

In 2013 there were also reports about the production of a film that would portray the last years of the life of the singer Janis Joplin and Nina Arianda would be in charge of bringing it to life.

The movie was never made, but Nina Arianda seemed like the perfect choice for the role, as she also knows how to sing, as she performs in the Broadway musical theater.

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Taylor Swift como Joni Mitchell

The singer Joni Mitchell’s film has not yet been made, but Taylor Swift was one of the candidates to interpret it.

After rumors about the cast, Joni Mitchell said that she did not want to be played by Taylor Swift, despite being extremely similar.

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Kenneth Branagh como Sir Lawrence Oliver

Throughout his career, Kenneth Branagh has been compared to the physique and acting of Sir Laurence Oliver, who was a Hollywood icon in the 1950s and 1960s.

On more than one occasion the production of a biopic of the actor has been rumored and Kenneth Branagh seems the only option to interpret him, but the project has not yet been finalized.

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Daniel Day-Lewis como Abraham Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis won the Oscar in 2013 for his portrayal of former United States President Abraham Lincoln.

As in other cases, prosthetics and makeup helped to achieve the resemblance, but even without them, Day-Lewis seems descended from Lincoln.

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Michelle Williams como Marilyn Monroe

Michelle Williams has also been compared to Marilyn Monroe on various occasions, but she was never close to playing the actress. Monroe will have an upcoming biopic, but it will be played by Ana de Armas.

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Meryl Streep como Margaret Thatcher

In 2012, Meryl Streep won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the film. The Iron Lady.

Characterization played an important part in the resemblance, but even before the film, some people had already pointed out the actress’s resemblance to British politics.

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