An actor’s job is to portray the characters they have been given and some are able to do justice to the title with their extraordinary acting. And sometimes, it even gets better when you are portraying someone historic. Here is a compilation of different actors and the historic people they have played.

Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali in Midnight in Paris (2003)

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Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida (2002)

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Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003)

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Hannah Taylor-Gordon as Anne Frank in Anne Frank: The whole story (2001)

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Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso in Surviving Picasso (1996)

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Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992)

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Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose (2007)

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Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin (1992)

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Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for life (1956)

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Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen Hawkings with his wife Jane Wilde in the Theory of Everything (2014)

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Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011)

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Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock (2012)

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Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in Invictus (2009)

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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in Jobs (2013)

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Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall (2004)

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Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in  Lincoln (2012)

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Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Gandhi (1982)

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Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991)
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Hellen Mirren as HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2007)

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