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Different Actors Who Played The Same Character In The Original And The Remake

Updated November 11, 2020 51.3k views20 items

Hollywood isn't too proud to remake a few movies... or a lot of movies. Whether it's because the first version was incredibly successful or because someone has a new vision for the story, older films get remade all the time. In fact, many of these remakes are so successful that younger people don't even know that they aren't the originals. With more than one film, more than one actor gets a shot at playing some of the most iconic roles of all time. Usually different actors who played the same character have a similar look and approach to the character, but not always! Some film remakes totally re-imagine the characters and end up quite different than the original.  

These character comparisons show how different actors pulled off the same role. Check out this list of characters for surprising changes and uncanny similarities in casting the same movie twice!

  • Arthur Bach
    Photo: Orion Pictures/Warner Brothers

    Original Film: Arthur (1981)
    Original Actor: Dudley Moore
    Remake Film: Arthur (2011)
    Remake Actor: Russell Brand

  • Norman Bates
    Photo: Universal Pictures

    Original Film: Psycho (1960)
    Original Actor: Anthony Perkins
    Remake Film: Psycho (1998)
    Remake Actor: Vince Vaughn

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  • George Lutz
    Photo: AIP/MGM

    Original Film: The Amityville Horror (1979)
    Original Actor: James Brolin
    Remake Film: The Amityville Horror (2005)
    Remake Actor: Ryan Reynolds

  • Edna Turnblad
    Photo: New Line Cinema

    Original Film: Hairspray (1988)
    Original Actor: Divine
    Remake Film: Hairspray (2007)
    Remake Actor: John Travolta