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22 Times An Actor Nailed A Character So Completely, It Would Be Offensive To Ever Recast Them

Some things are sacred, people!

There are some movie characters out there that are just too iconic for words, and it's due in no small part to the people who portrayed them!

Whether it's a character that has gone on to be played by another person or not, I think you'll agree, these particular iterations are ~unparalleled~ in their perfection.

1. Heath Ledger as The Joker – The Dark Knight (2008)

Here's the iconic "why so serious" scene to remind you why Heath is the one true Joker:

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2. Glenn Close as Cruella DeVille – 101 Dalmatians (1996)

Here's Glenn being iconic as Cruella de Vil for three minutes straight:

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3. Whoopi Goldberg as Sister Mary Clarence – Sister Act (1992)

Here's Sister Mary saying a muddled grace in the first movie:

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4. Robin Williams as The Genie – Aladdin (1992)

Here's the iconic "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin:

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5. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark – quite a few MCU movies

Here's Tony Stark going up against the US Senate in one of his best scenes:

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6. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Here is *that* wet shirt scene:

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7. Jamie Lee Curtis as Tess Coleman/Anna Coleman – Freaky Friday (2003)

This video is entitled "Jamie Lee Curtis owning Freaky Friday" and honestly, fair:

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8. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Here's my favourite scene from The Silence of the Lambs – Hannibal's ~grizzly~ escape!

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9. Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan – Annie (1982)

Here's Miss Hannigan singing "Little Girls":

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10. Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey – The Green Mile (1999)

Here's an amazing scene from The Green Mile – but beware, it does include a depiction of animal abuse.

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11. Richard Roxburgh as The Duke of Monroth – Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Here's the moment when The Duke finally cracks:

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12. And Jim Broadbent as Harold Zidler – Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Here he is performing "Spectacular Spectacular" with the aforementioned Richard Roxburgh and other members of the cast:

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13. Ian McKellen as Gandalf – The Lord of the Rings movies (2001-2003)

For this clip, I'll just say – "YOU. SHALL. NOT. PASS."

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14. Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard/Euphegenia Doubtfire – Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

I could pick 100 different scenes to showcase Robin's talent, but here is the iconic cake scene:

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15. Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly – Chicago (2002)

Here's "All That Jazz" as sung by Catherine:

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16. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Here's Gene being marvellously weird whilst singing "Pure Imagination":

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17. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly – The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Here's Meryl's iconic cerulean sweater speech:

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18. Jack Black as Dewey Finn – School of Rock (2003)

Here is the one and only "Legend of the Rent":

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19. Halle Berry as Storm – the X-Men films (2000-2014)

Here's the scene where Storm electrocutes Toad:

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20. Pam Ferris as Miss Trunchbull – Matilda (1996)

Here's *that* scene where Trunchbull throws Amanda Thripp:

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21. Tim Curry as Frank-n-Furter – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Here's the moment when we first meet Frank-n-Furter during "Sweet Transvestite":

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22. Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson – Hocus Pocus (1993)

Here's that incredible rendition of "I Put a Spell on You" by Winnie:

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Do you agree with this list? Did we miss anyone out? Let us know in the comments!