An actor’s job is to portray a character and makes it as real and believable as they can possibly make so that the audience can easily relate with the character. It becomes really tricky when an actor has to play a real life characters in a biopic movies which are very popular. With today’s technology movie make up and costume techniques it is somewhat easier. Here are few examples of actors who played famous people and didn’t need much makeup as the actors were chosen so well that they almost looked the same person they were portraying. Here are 10 of them.

1 Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo, Frida

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Salma Hayek was made for this movie as she dons the role of the famous Spanish and controversial painter of the last century. She not only looked just like her but also her small petite frame suited her to portray Frida perfectly. Rest was done by the diction and acting talent which copied Frida’s nature completely.

2 Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody

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Among actors who played famous people, the fact that Freddie and Rami both have Asian lineage did help is an understatement. The racial similarity made it much easier to get Mercury’s signature look Rami’s face too. They both looked identical with Jet black moustache and greased back brushed hair. Also the Rami did a good job of copying Freddie’s body and face language while performing.

3 Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking, the Theory of Everything

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Eddie Redmayne might have been a Stephen Hawking Doppelganger because he looked exactly like him especially when portraying the very young lanky scientist sporting thick framed glasses and disheveled hair and toothy grin which is so significant for playing Hawking as that smile is winner.

4 Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan, I’m not there

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Yes as actors who played famous people, hi was a female portrayed a male singing sensation and she did it like nobody else could have. Cate looked behaved and sounded just like Bob in his prime. The fact she is tall and had very androgynous figure helped her a lot. Besides she is an academy award winning actress who can speak in many languages so it was not tough for an actress of Cate’s caliber to imitate bob’s diction or speech and intonation. The fact that Bon himself was not a very big made man himself and had a feminine voice helped a lot too.

5 Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln

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Yes many people have in past tried to copy the most iconic President of the America but no one did it better than an Englishman and got an academy award for his portrayal of life like Lincoln. He carried himself perfectly copying the body language, expression, even the perfect American accent while playing the role. Of course Daniel’s physical features like his thin, tall and gaunt shape helped also his makeup was perfect which he teamed with his master class acting.

6 Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour

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Another famous historical character among actors played by famous people was perfectly portrayed by Gary old man who played Churchill with élan. He had to put on weight for his role but being and English man himself it was not much work to sound like Churchill besides his talent in acting made him perfect for the playing Winston with his trademark cigar and hat and the smirk on his face.

7 Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, Battle of the Sexes

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Steve and Bobby Riggs could have passed as twin brothers if they were brought together somehow. But in the movie he was the perfect choice to play the ace American Tennis player as he had the same face cut and smile and the haircut and the trademark glasses finished the look completely.

8 Geoffrey Rush as Alberto Giacometti, Final Portrait

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Geoffrey Rush is an academy winning Australian actor who is king of accents and he has done perfect justice when playing the famous Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. His face and make up shows the same complex almost haggard features of the artist with his wispy white hair and worry lines.

9 Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, Vice

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Christian Bale may not look personally like as the ex-vice President Dick Cheney in anyway but that was all covered up by his perfect make up and costume and also the fact he gained weight to get the chubby face with the sharp eyes and slight smile.

10 Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter

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As actors who played famous people, Sissy Spacek herself is a famous and a talented American singer but she also aced her acting chops when she portrayed yesteryears superstar country singer Loretta Lynn. She looked and sang just like her and won an academy award for this movie.

11 James Franco as James Dean, James Dean

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With the gap of the years between the death of James dean and James Franco’s birth and his portrayal of James Dean himself, he can be called his reincarnation because he naturally looks like Dean. Plus his sharp features with chiseled cheek bones and blonde hair made him an uncanny look alike.

12 Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Bohemian Rhapsody

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Gwilym lee was the perfect choice to play tall thin gaunt guitarist of the band Queen in the hit movie. His makeup was spot on with the wig and the mustache but the face cut and the smile was perfect.

13 Adrian Brody as Salvador Dalí, Midnight in Paris

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Academy award winning actor Adrian Brody brought the Painter back to life in in the movie as he looked the carbon copy of the master painter himself with thin chiseled face and tall lanky body and dark hair with the signature moustache.

14 Robert Downey Jr as Charlie Chaplin

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As you can see, this is an uncanny likeness between Downey Jr and Charley Chaplin in his Tramp look complete with the iconic moustache too.

15 Jennifer Lopez as Selena

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Among actors who played famous people, Jennifer Lopez looked strikingly like the iconic Latina singer Selena whom she portrayed in the younger days of her movie career.