Not everyone gets a movie named after them. And those that do – the few, proud eponymous biopic subjects – usually do because, for better and often worse, they lived a life less ordinary. Given the hyperbolic strokes with which many of these folks lived their livs, it's no wonder biopic actors vs real life counterparts are a subject of curiosity. Who hasn't watched a film about a real-life figure and feverishly googled the actors vs the real life characters? Only big ol' liars will say they didn't!
But Hollywood doesn't always get biopic actors and their real-life counterparts right. Where did casting agents hit – and where did they miss – when it comes to casting biopics' title characters?
Actors: Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Xander Berkeley, David Hayman, + more
Directed by: Alex Cox
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Directed by: Spike Lee
Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, + more
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard, Regina King, Warwick Davis, + more
Directed by: Taylor Hackford