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Okay, I Need You To Be Brutally Honest: Did These Celebs Play These Roles Really Well Or Did They Play Themselves?

They say some people are born to a play a specific role. (WARNING: bad jokes ahead)

I think most of us, at one point or another, have thought about which character, celebrity, or historical figure we resemble or relate to the most...or maybe it's just me. But whether you've thought about it or not, I know for a fact that you've watched a movie where an actor absolutely BODIED a role.

This is precisely the conversation that has been popular on Twitter this past week when @ThatEricAlper asked:

Twitter: @ThatEricAlper

So, I'll be highlighting the responses that contain the best cast Black roles as we have been severely underrepresented and underappreciated in Hollywood since its beginnings.

1. Angela Bassett in What's Love Got to Do With It as Tina Turner:

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Buena Vista Pictures

2. O'Shea Jackson Jr. entered himself into the running for his role in Straight Outta Compton, where he played his father Ice Cube as they created the iconic rap group, N.W.A:

VH1 / Via Twitter: @OsheaJacksonJr

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Universal Pictures

3. Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in RESPECT:

@ThatEricAlper Jennifer Hudson, famously handpicked by The Queen of Soul herself, completely embodied Aretha Franklin — from her speech, to her walk, to her mannerisms, to her singing and performance style. She even learned to play the piano for the role. A master class portrayal!

Neon, MGM / Via Twitter: @princessofsoul_

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MGM

4. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray:

@ThatEricAlper Jamie Foxx did an incredible job

Universal / courtesy Everett Collection / Via Twitter: @MzJojoB

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Universal Pictures

5. Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X:

@ThatEricAlper My uncle Denzel as Malcolm X

Warner Bros.,  NBCUniversal Archives / Via Twitter: @aarickawash

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Warner Bros.

6. Every actor who portrayed a member of New Edition in BET's The New Edition Story:

@ThatEricAlper New Edition Story, from the kids to the adults, everyone understood the assignment.🔥🔥

BET / Via Twitter: @cassiexxlexus

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BET

7. James Earl Jones as Darth Vader in Star Wars:

@ThatEricAlper James Earl Jones as Darth Vader. Absolute perfection and iconic

20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures / Via Twitter: @aj_zavala

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SBN Enter

8. Don Cheadle as Mouse in Devil in a Blue Dress:

@ThatEricAlper Don Cheadle should have won an Oscar for his portrayal of Mouse in Devil in a Blue Dress. He owned that role.

Bruce Talamon / © TriStar / courtesy Everett Collection / Via Twitter: @JJOutlaw

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Sony

9. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan as Carter and Lee in the Rush Hour franchise:

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New Line Cinema

10. Another duo: Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson in Soul Men:

@ThatEricAlper Shouldn't even have to say nun 🤣

MGM / Via Twitter: @atp_rius

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MGM

11. The cast of Notorious — the biopic about Biggie Smalls — well, everyone except Anthony Mackie as Tupac, according to this Twitter user.

@ThatEricAlper Except for them casting Anthony Mackie as 2pac😂😂😂

Fox Searchlight / courtesy Everett Collection / Via Twitter: @Jordo2Skinny_

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Fox Searchlight

12. Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, and Anika Noni Rose in Dream Girls:

@ThatEricAlper The Blend of the Voices, The chemistry, The looks, EVERYTHING ABOUT DREAMGIRLS CAST WAS SPOT ON!!!! 1000/10🥳🥳

DreamWorks / courtesy Everett Collection / Via Twitter: @JacorvenC

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DreamWorks