Biopic Casting At Its Finest

"Coco Before Chanel", Coco Chanel and Audrey Tautou
"Diana", Princess Diana and Naomi Watts
"Elizabeth", Queen Elizabeth I and Cate Blanchett
"Erin Brockovich", Erin Brockovich and Julia Roberts
"Evita", Eva Duarte and Madonna
"Factory Girl", Edie Sedgewick and Sienna Miller
"Frida", Frida Khalo and Salma Hayeck
"Game Change", Sarah Palin and Julianne Moore
"Gia", Gia Carangi and Angelina Jolie
"Grace of Monaco", Grace Kelly and Nicole Kidman
"Greetings from Tim Buckley", Jeff Buckley and Penn Badgley
"I'm Not There", Bob Dylan and Cate Blanchett
"I'm Not There", Bob Dylan and Heath Ledger
"jOBS", Steve Jobs and Ashton Kutcher
"Julie & Julia", Julie Powell and Amy Adams
"Julie & Julia", Julia Child and Meryl Streep
"La Vie en Rose", Edith Piaf and Marion Cotillard
"Lovelace", Linda Lovelace and Amanda Seyfried
"Marie Antoinette", Marie Antoinette and Kirsten Dunst
"Monster", Aileen Wuornos and Charlize Theron
"My Week With Marilyn", Marilyn Monroe and Michelle Williams
"Notorious", Notorious B.I.G. and Jamal Woolard
"Ray", Ray Charles and Jamie Foxx
"Selena", Selena Quintanilla and Jennifer Lopez
"Sylvia", Sylvia Plath and Gwyneth Paltrow
"The Assassination of Jesse James...", Jesse James and Brad Pitt
"The Aviator", Katharine Hepburn and Cate Blanchett
"The Doors", Jim Morrison and Val Kilmer
"The Girl With The Pearl Earring", painting by Vermeer and Scarlett Johansson
"The Hours", Virginia Woolf and Nicole Kidman
"The Queen", Queen Elizabeth II and Helen Mirren
"The Runaways", Cherie Currie and Dakota Fanning
"The Runaways", Joan Jett and Kristen Stewart
"The Social Network", Mark Zuckerberg and Jesse Eisenberg
"W.", George W. Bush and Josh Brolin
"Walk The Line", Johnny and June Cash and Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon
"The Young Victoria", Queen Victoria and Emily Blunt

Things we equate with Steve Jobs: life-changing consumer products, business savvy, the greatest movie studio of our time, fantastic commencement speeches, and the power of wardrobe consistency (i.e., black mock turtlenecks). Things that don’t bring Steve Jobs to mind? The Sexiest Man Alive. So, yes, we were a bit skeptical when the announcement came that Ashton Kutcher would play the Apple founder in the forthcoming biopic, jOBS. But dammit if the release of the film’s trailer didn’t change our minds.

Just look at the comparison [14]: he's got the boot-cut, "dad"-washed jeans, the slightly too-long, side-swept hair, a respectable short beard and 'stache, and he's clearly got that lean down. Equal parts casting genius and movie hair-and-makeup magic.

jOBS is not the only new biopic with a star who bears an uncanny resemblance to the real McCoy—the stalkeratzi photos and the newly-released trailer of Diana made clear that Naomi Watts was the only choice for Lady Di [2], and who would have thought the same woman could play both Virginia Woolf and Princess Grace? Kudos to you, Kidman. With these yet-to-be-seen bio-films on our minds, we got to thinking about others that nailed the casting on the nose in years past. Take a look at our 37 favorite dead-ringer biopic anticipation of Ashton creating the iPod and all.

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  • isilnoir

    i think michelle williams and marilyn monroe does not look like at all. it's ridiculous. the movie was weird because of obvious differences between them.

  • Jo

    The similarities of some of these are just uncanny.

    I always thought Melissa George looked an awful lot like Edie Sedgwick, more so than Sienna Miller (though Sienna was similarly stylish).

    • cfh

      but also the un-likeness. Naomi Watts as Diana?? Gwenyth as Sylvia Plath? And Amy Adams as Julie Powell -- who cares?

  • Elizabeth @ TheCornerApartment

    I seriously loved looking through these. Makes me want to watch them all!


  • Allison

    I swear I read every one like it was a movie awards show! Though I must say although the majority of them weren't main characters, the actors of the Titanic that depicted actual passengers of the Titanic look freakishly like their counterparts

  • Lana

    Angelina Jolie DOES NOT look like Gia Carangi. Hello? That is the only flaw in this whole set of pictures. However, the rest are simply.superb.

  • prairie_dogs

    Gwyneth Paltrow looks even more like earlier pictures of Sylvia Plath-- I'm reading Pain, Parties, Work (about Plath in NY as an intern for Mademoiselle) and the photos of blonder, younger Plath are uncannily Paltrow-esque.

  • Unvacuous

    I have to say most of the resemblances here are more a tribute to the makeup, costume and lighting rather than real physical resemblance of the actors to their parts. As this is a blog with a focus on makeup I think it would be much more interesting if you showed how the actors look in real life, then highlight how the makeup and hair get them closer to looking like their film roles, rather than hyping how dead-on they look.

    Some actually do look very similar, Kilmer and Morrison, Mirren and the Queen. Ashton has some resemblance to Jobs, especially the eyes and brows, and so does Noah Wylie who has also played him before.

    Hepburn and Blanchett, facial structure-wise have very little resemblance. Audrey Tatou as Chanel was interesting, they had to downplay how curvy the actress is. Chanel famously claimed she was "shaped like a boy" which greatly influenced her modern silhouettes. I agree with the comment that Michelle Williams looks nothing like Marilyn, it comes down to subtle things: the folds of her eyelids and the sharp angles of her nose. Marilyn had rounder more open eyes and soft features -I have to admit that Britney Spears with a lower hairline would look more like Marilyn .

    Don't get me wrong -I am glad these ladies played the parts because they are AMAZING actors. Britney as Marilyn:
    Great Photoshoot, Terrible Movie. But we are talking about actual resemblances here.

    About Watts as Diana, resemblance-wise the only similarity is coloring: Naomi is more delicate featured overall. What was striking about Diana's beauty were her largish features, the wide eyes, the nose. Natasha McElhone has a closer resemblance, especially with the eyes

    Jessica Chastain, who was once attached to the project, would have been a good choice as well, similar facial proportions and body type; just needed warmer makeup to make her skin more golden, and of course that blond perm.

    As somebody who paints portraits and closely observes what about your face makes you "you" it's a peeve of mine when there are claims to a dubious likeness (obvs). That said, given the honest the approach this blog has to makeup (which I think is great) I was hoping for a different angle on the subject.

  • eighttwosix

    Ah! I was hoping Drew Barrymore & Jessica Lange in Grey Gardens would show up...

  • Trace

    Where's Halle Berry and Dorothy Dandridge?

  • B

    Eh... I thought Anna Mouglalis was the best Chanel. She really got her attitude and aristocratic stance.


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