32 Actors Look Like Don’t Look Like Famous People

Tom Hanks didn’t look like Mister Rogers.

Recently, Variety reported that Rooney Mara will portray the iconic Audrey Hepburn in an upcoming biopic film.

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And if my opinion matters, it really is one of the best casting decisions Hollywood has ever made – I mean, check out this comparison! Rooney is basically Audrey’s clone!

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That got me thinking about all the TV and movie biopics, and the good vs. bad casting decisions Hollywood made. So here are some actors who looked * exactly * like the famous people they portrayed, and actors who absolutely didn’t:

THE MARK MISSED: This is what Rami Malek looked like as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018):

This is what the real Freddie Mercury looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Kristen Stewart looked like as Joan Jett in The Runaways (2010):

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This is what the real Joan Jett looks like:

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MISSED THE MARK: This is what Zoe Saldana looked like as Nina Simone in Nina (2016):

This is what the real Nina Simone looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Denzel Washington looked like as Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992):

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This is what the real Malcolm X looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Javier Bardem looked like as Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos (2021):

This is what the real Desi Arnaz looked like:

HIT THE MARK: This is what Viola Davis looks like as Michelle Obama in the upcoming miniseries The First Lady (2022):

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This is what the real Michelle Obama looks like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Madonna looked like as Eva Perón in Evita (1996):

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This is what the real Eva Perón looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is how Jessica Chastain looked as Tammy Faye Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021):

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This is what the real Tammy Faye Bakker looked like:

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THE MARK MISSED: What Diana Ross looked like as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues (1972):

This is what the real Billie Holiday looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Taron Egerton looked like as Elton John in Rocketman (2019):

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This is what the real Elton John looks like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Martin Sheen looked like as John F. Kennedy in Kennedy (1983):

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This is what the real John F. Kennedy looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is how Sterling K. Brown saw as Christopher Darden in The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story (2016) from:

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This is what the real Christopher Darden looks like:

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THE MARK MISSED: This is what Jessica Lange looked like as Joan Crawford in Feud: Bette and Joan (2017):

This is what the real Joan Crawford looked like:

HIT THE MARK: This is what Drey Barrymore looked like as Edith Bouvier Beale in Gray Gardens (2009):

This is what the real Edith Bouvier Beale looked like:

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THE MARK MISSED: This is what Tom Hanks looked like as Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019):

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This is what the real Mister Rogers looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Lil Mama looked like as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013):

This is what the real Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes looked like:

MISSED THE MARK: What Angelina Jolie looked like as Gia Carangi in Gia (1998):

This is what the real Gia Carangi looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Halle Berry looked like as Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999):

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This is what the real Dorothy Dandridge looked like:

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THE MARK MISSED: This is what Eddie Murphy looked like as Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name (2019):

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This is what the real Rudy Ray Moore looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Lily James looks like as Pamela Anderson in the upcoming series Pam & Tommy (2022):

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The miniseries will begin streaming on Hulu on February 2, 2022.

This is what the real Pamela Anderson looks like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Aaron Taylor-Johnson looked like as John Lennon in Nowhere Boy (2009):

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This is what the real John Lennon looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) looked like as Chuck Berry in Cadillac Records (2008):

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This is what the real Chuck Berry looked like:

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THE MARK MISSED: What Beyoncé Looked Like as Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008):

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This is what the real Etta James looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Daniel Day-Lewis looked like as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012):

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This is what the real Abraham Lincoln looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: This is what Lindsay Lohan looked like as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick (2013):

This is what the real Elizabeth Taylor looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Uzo Aduba looked like as Shirley Chisholm in Mrs. America (2020):

This is what the real Shirley Chisholm looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Leonardo DiCaprio looked like as Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004):

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This is what the real Howard Hughes looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Jennifer Lopez looked like as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in Selena (1997):

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This is what the real Selena Quintanilla-Pérez looked like:

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THE MARK MISSED: What John Cusack looked like as Richard Nixon in The Butler (2013):

This is what the real Richard Nixon looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: This is what Leslie Odom Jr. looked like as Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami … (2020):

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This is what the real Sam Cooke looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Meryl Streep Looked Like as Florence Foster Jenkins in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016):

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This is what the real Florence Foster Jenkins looked like:

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And HIT THE MARK: This is what Renée Zellweger looked like as Judy Garland in Judy (2019):

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This is what the real Judy Garland looked like:

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If * you * could cast an actor to portray a famous person in a TV / movie biopic, who would it be? Let us know in the comments below!

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