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Actors Who Look JUST LIKE The Historical Figures They Played

It's often important to movie directors to ensure that their films are as accurate as possible. They will agonize for hours over the choice of location and as to whether someone did or did not say something in real life.

The hardest part of filming a true story, however, is down to the casting director. How do you find someone who can act well and who looks the part? 

Well, we're not sure what magic they employ, but check out these amazing transformations of actors into the near-mirror image of the people that they played on screen. You won't believe how good they are.

1. Ray Charles As Played By Jamie Foxx

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The movie Ray saw Jamie Foxx step into Ray Charles' shoes so well that it would be near impossible to tell the two of them apart.

2. Abraham Lincoln As Played By Daniel Day-Lewis

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The multiple Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis rose to the occasion when he was called on to play the former President of the United States in Lincoln.

3. Stephen Hawking As Played By Eddie Redmayne And Jane As Played By Felicity Jones

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The world's most famous physicist and his first wife Jane were admirably played by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything

4. Frida Kahlo As Played By Salma Hayek

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The renowned artist Frida Kahlo was reborn when she was played by Salma Hayek in the excellent Frida. The resemblance between the two women is uncanny

5. Malcolm X As Played By Denzel Washington

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The radical Civil Rights leader Malcolm X was brought to the silver screen by Denzel Washington who did a great job of ditching his trademark look for the part.

6. Truman Capote As Played By Philip Seymour Hoffman

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It's quite amazing how close to Truman Capote's original style Philip Seymour Hoffman comes in Capote, even though there are several decades separating their lives.

7. Queen Elizabeth II As Played By Helen Mirren

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Helen Mirren is famed for her very adult approach to acting and she was a surprise casting choice for The Queen, but she pulls it off well.

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8. Johnny Cash As Played By Joaquin Phoenix

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Walk the Line saw Joaquin Phoenix tackle the heavyweight subject of Johnny Cash's life and he did it with total assuredness. He looks like Cash's twin brother.

9. Selena Quintanilla As Played By Jennifer Lopez

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Proving that she's more than a pretty face, Jennifer Lopez starred in Selena, a biopic of famed Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, and she was 100% convincing in the lead role.

10. Jimi Hendrix As Played By Andre 3000

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Andre 3000 picked up the legendary axeman's position in Jimi: All is By My Side and he rocked it out of the park right down to the afro.

11. Margaret Thatcher As Played By Meryl Streep

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Maggie Thatcher is one of the UK's most controversial figures, but whether you love her or hate her, Meryl Steep absolutely nailed her look in The Iron Lady.

12. Jake LaMotta As Played By Robert De Niro

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De Niro is famous for his method acting, and his role as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull is another quality performance. He does, however, appear to be channeling the subject in his look.

13. Adolf Hitler As Played By Bruno Ganz

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This portrayal of Hitler has become well known all over the world thanks to memes based on a certain scene in Downfall, but it doesn't change the fact that Bruno Ganz really did get into the look of the part. 

14. Charlie Chaplin As Played By Robert Downey Jr.

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Chaplin was a very different role for Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr. but it shows why he is so sought after today; his transformation into the silent star is incredible. 

15. Salvador Dali As Played By Adrien Brody

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The twisted and surrealist artist Salvador Dali stepped back into life in Midnight in Paris where he was portrayed by Adrien Brody. It's striking how similar they are. 

It's almost like these stars were born to play these roles. They look so much like the people that they portray!

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16. Aileen Wuornos As Played By Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron abandoned her good looks to be the perfect Monster. When you look at her here in this picture, all you can see is Aileen Wuornos.

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17. Joseph Merrick As Played By John Hurt

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Joseph Merrick endured much cruelty in his life, but John Hurt carried off his look without mockery or meanness in the classic movie The Elephant Man.

18. Muhammad Ali As Played By Will Smith

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When we heard the casting decision had been made for Ali, we admit we thought they called it wrong. But Will Smith's Muhammad Ali was superb.

19. Jim Morrison As Played By Val Kilmer

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Val Kilmer was an incredible rendition of the late great Jim Morrison in The Doors. This wasn't The End of Val Kilmer's career, either.

20. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi As Played By Ben Kinglsey

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was possibly the most influential figure in recent Indian history. Ben Kinglsey's portrayal of him in Gandhi was sensitive and intelligent.

21. James Dean As Played By James Franco

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We can't quite get over how much James Franco is the spitting image of James Dean in James Dean. His early roles were all bad boys, too.

22. Che Guevara As Played By Benicio Del Toro

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There aren't that many people who could tackle the role of the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara as impeccably as Benicio Del Toro did in The Motorcycle Diaries.

23. Edith Piaf As Played By Marion Cotillard

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We imagine that Marion Cotillard regrets nothing about her decision to play the French superstar and singing sensation Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.

24. Sid Vicious And Nancy Spungen As Played By Gary Oldman And Chloe Webb

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Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb took on one of the music scene's most challenging couples in Sid and Nancy and were near-perfect replicas of Sid Vicious And Nancy Spungen.

25. Bob Dylan As Played By Cate Blanchett

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This is a really unusual doppelganger moment because this is Cate Blanchett starring in I'm Not There as Bob Dylan. Maybe it's because she's Just Like A Woman?

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