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23 Incredible Photos Of Actors Vs. The Historical Figures They Played

These A-listers nailed the whole acting thing.

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5. Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose

Fun fact: Marion Cotillard shaved her hairline to look more like Edith Piaf, and completely shaved off her eyebrows. It took nearly five hours to get in full makeup.

6. Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X

Fun fact: Spike Lee thought Malcolm X was so important, he wanted kids to skip school if that meant getting to see the film.


10. Gretchen Mol as Bettie Page in The Notorious Bettie Page

Fun Fact: Hugh Hefner set up a private screening of the film for Bettie Page. She loved it, but said she was never "notorious."

11. Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Fun Fact: Geoffrey Rush initially turned down the project, knowing it was a "character actor's dream."

12. Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall

Fun Fact: To prep for the role, Bruno Ganz studied one of the only recordings of Adolf Hitler speaking in his normal voice. He said it wasn't "the screaming orator we are used to, but a soft, attractive voice, a calm baritone."


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

Fun Fact:Jim Carrey stayed in character throughout the entire production process and refused to be called anything but "Andy."


18. Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull

Fun Fact: Robert DeNiro gained nearly 60 pounds for the later half of the film, and did it by eating pasta, butter, and endless treats in Italy.

22. Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up

Fun Fact: Chadwick Boseman is actually dancing the entire film and trained five days a week to emulate Brown's infamous moves.

23. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Jane and Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything

Fun Fact: Eddie Redmayne met Stephen Hawking to prep for the film, and said the hardest part about playing the genius was shooting the film out of chronological order. Redmayne explained to Entertainment Weekly, "it was about having to really try and chart his physical deterioration [so] you can jump into it day-to-day, whilst at the same time keeping this spark and wit and humor that he has.”


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