11 Actors Who Were The Perfect Matches for the Roles They Played
You know it’s a good movie when the actor becomes indistinguishable from a character they play, even after you finish watching it. You may even think twice when saying their name without accidentally uttering the character instead. Becoming a perfect fit for a character is a unique talent, and these actors are surely gifted with it.
Bright Side is fond of matches made in heaven. That’s why we decided to take a look at our movie database and give you movie lovers a treat with a list of actors who perfectly brought a character to life.
1. Walker Scobell as Adam Reed in The Adam Project
No one can copy the sharp wit and charm of Ryan Reynolds but his younger self (well, almost) in his recent blockbuster, The Adam Project. Walker Scobell plays the younger titular Adam by superbly capturing his mannerisms, snark, and penchant for talking. Their similarities even extend to their looks!
2. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise
With his stint as the box office superhero, spanning over 11 years, one couldn’t imagine the comedic favorite, Iron Man, being played by anyone other than Robert Downey Jr. His unexpectedly excellent portrayal of the character even landed Marvel Studios the lineup of superheroes they now have!
3. Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman
You know you’ve nailed the role when the person you’re playing was astounded by your performance! This was the initial reaction Elton John had after watching Taron Egerton in Rocketman. Even though he was not the first choice for the role, he grew into it, and he even became friends with the singer and got to bond with him while playing the music legend.
4. Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean movies
Can anyone imagine a different man playing Captain Jack Sparrow? Well, it would be difficult since Johnny Depp has been with the Pirates of the Caribbean series 5 times already! The swashbuckler’s way of talking and walking is just ingrained in fans’ minds and even in the Academy, where Depp was nominated for Best Actor.
5. Christa B. Allen as Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30
Talk about growing up looking like the real Jenna Rink! The 13 Going on 30 stars went full circle when Christa B. Allen posted a video of her recreating a notable scene from the rom-com and looked eerily similar to her adult counterpart, Jennifer Garner. They even sound alike! This is truly some movie magic.
6. Matthew Lillard as Shaggy in Scooby-Doo
The uncanny resemblance between Matthew Lillard and one of Scooby-Doo’s meddling kids, Shaggy, put the actor on the map for more Shaggy gigs. From the hair and the voice to the animated facial expressions, we almost can’t separate the original and live-action Shaggies!
7. J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man trilogy
For all the Spider-Man movies, even the filmmakers couldn’t imagine anyone playing the Daily Bugle’s chief but J.K. Simmons! His very animated and cartoonish portrayal of the cynical and hyperactive news chief was so well-received that he reprised his role in the most recent Spider-Man: No Way Home.
8. Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movies
There was a reason why Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’s director really fought for Angelina Jolie to be cast as the titular adventure seeker. Angelina Jolie emulated the aristocrat-turned-heroine from the early videogames with a knack for comedy and action.
9. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
A story that is about to be remade thrice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classic tale that captures young audiences who are up for some family fun. However, for most fans and critics, Gene Wilder’s version of chocolatier Willy Wonka was the most deserving of praise. He even improvised most of his scenes to capture the eccentricity of the character.
10. Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family movies
It was no surprise when Anjelica Huston delivered a creepily creative performance of the Addams family matriarch. Her ghoulish portrayal combined with slick humor and maternal vibe brought the almost supernatural character she’s been following since childhood to life!
11. Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise
Severus Snape’s distinctive look, voice, and scary-teacher aura can be an iconic memory for all “Potterheads” and other audiences who enjoy the wizarding series. Even though he was some kind of a nemesis to Harry, Alan Rickman’s acting chops challenged the character’s depth and development.
Which of these perfect castings were your favorite? How did they become your most liked performances?