Compilation of Photos Compares Biopic Actors and Their Real-Life Counterparts

photo of James Franco as James Dean
James Franco as James Dean

In every Biopic, the first order of business for the pre-production people is to find an actor or actress that resembles the figure being portrayed. Often times, acting prowess and genius can make-up for less than suitable physical similarities to the historical figure. However, there are those rare magical instances in cinema when the resemblance of an actor with the real-life counterpart is just utterly uncanny.  This is the simple, but nonetheless entertaining series compiled by redditor banana_rhino, as he puts biopic actors and real-life figure photographs side by side.

biopic actor abraham lincoln daniel day lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln
photos Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock
Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock

The compilation gained so much attention that banana_rhino reprised the series with a second album. For this writer’s own personal satisfaction, a rating scale was devised to give the comparative photos a score. It is a rating scale of 1 to 10. 1 meaning there is no resemblance, while 10 means creepily alike.

photo of Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi
Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi
photo of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

Since biographical films are about actual people, biopics are considered among the most demanding and challenging of roles because the people they are portraying. Actors like Jami Foxx, Jim Carrey and Johnny Depp earned a lot of respect after starring in biopics.

photo of Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett (The Runaways)
Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett (The Runaways)
photo of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth
Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth
photo of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley
photo of Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
photo of Benicio Del Toro as Che Guevara
Benicio Del Toro as Che Guevara
photo of Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo
photo of Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali
Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali
photo of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix
Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix
photo of Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel
Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel
photo of Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin
Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin

What are your ratings? See album 1 here, and album 2 here, and just have some fun with the compilations.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.