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Actors and crews go through a number of steps to perfect their imitations of these historical figures. Hair dyeing and styling and makeup are just the beginning. Actors will also wear prosthetics to create new face shapes and smiles. They’ll also study the motions, body language, and speaking habits of their subjects extensively to capture them on screen. Of course, they’re different people, so at the end of the day, the role is successful or not depending on the actors’ skills.

James Franco as James Dean in James Dean

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

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Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julie & Julia

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart

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Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla Perez in Selena

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Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in Invictus

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

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Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote

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Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde in Wilde

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso in Surviving Picasso

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Robert Downey, Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin

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Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali in Midnight in Paris

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Andre "3000" Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side

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Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Audrey Tautou as Gabrille "Coco" Chanel in Coco Before Chanel

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Cate Blanchette as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Denzel Washington as Malcom X in Malcom X

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Gretchen Mol as Bettie Page in The Notorious Bettie Page

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice in W.

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

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Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis, Jr. in The Rat Pack

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James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon

How Actors In Biopics Measure Up To The Real Thing

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