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The Real People Who Inspired Biopics Vs. The Actors Who Played Them

Updated 21 Oct 2019 10.5k votes 752 voters 14.5k views25 items

List RulesVote up the actors who most resemble their movie namesakes.

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?

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