10 Times Great Actors Portrayed Other Actors – CNET – ApparelGeek

It’s hard enough for a talented actor to bring a character to life on screen, but with the growing excitement for upcoming biopics like Tom Holland’s on Fred Astaire, it’s important to note that he’s still more difficult to represent a well-known face. Indeed, many actors have taken up the challenge of playing other people in their craft.

Many of them did it on an award-winning level, while some may have played the part in a largely comedic fashion. Regardless of the intent surrounding the project, or whether it was based on a biopic of this actor, these artists beautifully captured an aspect of the real-life personalities they were tasked with becoming.

ten Honorable Mention: Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly – Laurel and Hardy (2018)

Laurel and Hardy were two creative geniuses, who will forever be ingrained in the comedy industry. When working on the biopic Stan and Ollie who sought to portray both their friendship and their rise to stardom, Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly were cast in the huge roles.

The pair bounced off each other effortlessly, portraying the kind of chemistry this comedy duo was so known for. While the script of course helped tie the emotional threads, it was the charismatic and heartwarming performances from its stars that would see BAFTAs, Golden Globes and other award nominations presented to the cast.

9 Mike Moh – Bruce Lee (2019)

Tarantino’s marks were everywhere Once upon a time in… Hollywood, including his quirky sense of humor. A hilarious moment in this film, which sought to depict the golden age of cinema, saw Mike Moh portray a parody iteration of Bruce Lee.

The sequence saw this fictional Lee trying to fight Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth. The performance was over the top and the payoff, with Lee not quite holding his own end of the martial arts duel, made the storyline even more absurd. This is absolutely one of the highlights of the photo.

8 Jim Carrey – Andy Kaufman (1999)

The late Andy Kaufman was a man of many talents. His comedic timing was perfect, he entered the music industry as a singer, and he was a well-respected actor. His work speaks for itself, but it took a man of supreme reach to take on such a monumental role.

Jim Carrey’s time in Man on the Moon was enough for audiences to consider it one of his best films. Carrey morphed into the role, earning numerous accolades for the actor, including a Golden Globe win. His infectious energy, his ability to deliver Kaufman’s jokes with such integrity, and his understanding of the man himself all contributed to a brilliant tribute to the artist.

7 Michelle Williams-Marilyn Monroe (2011)

Marilyn Monroe is a Hollywood icon. Her very figure is globally recognized and her filmography is full of incredible credits that have helped define the movie industry. It is a difficult task to somehow encapsulate the grace and glamor of such a performer.

Michelle Williams dared to take on the role and completely exceeded all expectations. She was transparent with Monroe, her performance becoming a nuanced character study of such a complex figure. My week with Marilyn was rightly announced thanks in large part to Williams, who received an Oscar and BAFTA nominations for his efforts.

6 Renee Zellweger – Judy Garland (2019)

Judy Garland rose to fame through her work on The Wizard of Oz. While the actress will always be an integral part of the film industry, her talents have extended beyond the studio lot, bringing glitz and glamor to her stage performances. But Garland led a complicated life and demanded honest representation.

Renée Zellweger was the actress who sought to embody who Garland really was. The image, Judy, is a magnificent film that manages to truly encapsulate the highs and lows of such a celebrated career. Zellweger excelled and is barely recognizable, enchanting audiences in the role so much that she won an Oscar!

5 Robert Downey Jr. – Charlie Chaplin (1992)

Charlie Chaplin is arguably the first movie star. His work in silent format was groundbreaking. It’s hard to find a filmmaker today who hasn’t been influenced by his work in some way. He was as much an artist as he was a brilliant showman and someone capable of representing all facets of humanity’s emotional gamut.

Robert Downey Jr. might have seemed an unlikely choice to play Charlie Chaplin at the time, but Chaplin was such a love letter to the actor, and RDJ’s charm and charisma completely sold the transformation. An Oscar nomination and BAFTA win greeted Robert Downey Jr. after completing the well-received project.

4 Angela Bassett – Tina Turner (1993)

Tina Turner is often referred to as the queen of rock n’ roll, a true pillar of the music industry. It’s not just her voice that showcases her talents, as Turner has also dabbled in acting, with roles in franchises like Last Action Hero and Mad Max beyond Thunderdome.

Any actress playing the role had to try to portray a stage star, who had also dabbled on screen. Angela Bassett stepped into the role and it is arguably the best entry in her filmography. What’s love got to do with it? was an inspired work of cinema, with Bassett tearing up the stage with a magnificent example of his work; the one that earned him an Oscar nomination!

3 James Franco – Tommy Wiseau (2017)

Tommy Wiseau is a complete legend of the B-movie genre. He may have made one of the worst movies of all time, but it’s a cult classic due to its abysmal acting, terrible script, and hilarious cinematography. Wiseau is the erratic genius behind Bedroom and he’s quite the character himself.

The Disaster Artist sought to try and portray the behind-the-scenes action of creating such a bizarre production. James Franco played Wiseau himself and completely nailed the performance. He was almost indistinguishable when playing back some of the most famous scenes from Bedroom. His Oscar nomination only proves it.

2 Cate Blanchett – Katharine Hepburn (2004)

Katharine Hepburn’s career spans decades, as Hollywood’s Golden Age came alive with the actress’ electric performances. There was no limit to what she could accomplish and she continues to be celebrated as the icon she truly was. Interestingly, she had a huge role in a biopic about Howard Hughes.

the aviator Leonardo DiCaprio played the lead role, but it’s Cate Blanchett’s turn as Hepburn that becomes so compelling. She steals every scene and somehow captures the tiny Katharine Hepburn details that other performers might have missed. Blanchett eventually won an Oscar because of this focus and talent.

1 Eddie Murphy – Rudy Ray Moore (2019)

Rudy Ray Moore’s comedy style was completely revolutionary. It has, however, made a name for itself under another title: Dolemite. With this character, his stand-up was taken to another level and he started producing amazing movies both unconventional and genre.

Eddie Murphy effortlessly created this on-screen personality once again in Dolemite is my name, which saw Moore’s journey from stage to screen with all of his hilarious missteps. It was a tour de force for Murphy whose talents should never be in doubt. Muphy’s comedic timing is perfect here, and his American Film Award win along with numerous other nominations and wins are a testament to his performance.

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10 Times Great Actors Portrayed Other Actors – CNET – ApparelGeek