12 Actors Who Played Other Actors From the Past and Helped Us Travel Through Time
Playing a famous actor on-screen looks like a tough job, even for a talented actor. We know legendary actors very well — we’ve seen them on the big screen hundreds of times and have noted their looks, gestures, and intonations. Now and then modern actors challenge their skills and try to portray movie stars from the past on-screen, bringing something new to the image we all seem to know too well.
Here at Bright Side, we’ve prepared 12 examples of when famous actors from the past were portrayed by modern-day actors on-screen. Have a look at these, and together, we’ll decide whose looks were closest to the originals.
Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon, 1999
Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, 2011
Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, 2019
Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin, 1992
Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner in The Aviator, 2004
Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, 2004
James Franco as James Dean in James Dean, 2001
Jason Scott Lee as Bruce Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, 1993
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Audrey Hepburn in The Audrey Hepburn Story, 2000
Ben Affleck as George Reeves in Hollywoodland, 2006
Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick, 2012
Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley in Elvis, 1979
Did you watch any of these movies? In your opinion, which actors from our list were best at portraying legendary actors from the past and why?