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Actors Who Portrayed Living People Describe How Hard It Was

Portraying a real person in a movie can create a good amount of pressure for actors, but that pressure is even more intense when the person they're portraying is literally sitting there on the set watching them. Some actors are cast in biopics about living people because there's a physical resemblance, especially when viewed side by side. Others are cast due to their abilities as an actor, dancer, or singer. But either way, actors playing living or very-recently-living public figures are faced with the added dilemma of choosing between doing a direct impression of that person or doing some interpretation of their essence, and either one of those choices can be extremely difficult if they're 'pretending' to be a living legend.

Plus, if they don't do a great job, they'll have to hear about it from the literal person they're pretending to be. It's not something that actors playing Batman or Harry Potter characters will ever have to deal with. Not to mention, they might also have to go through a grueling "Madonna Boot Camp" to land the role.

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