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18 Characters That Were Portrayed by Different Actors and Actresses, and We Can’t Tell Which One Was Better

Many popular movies inspire remakes, while famous books can have many screen adaptations. It’s no wonder why the same characters can be portrayed by different actors. Some characters even begin to be associated with a certain actor, like, for example, Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra.

But not all screen adaptations are equally successful. However, people still enjoy watching original movies and their remakes and then comparing which of the actors was more convincing in this or that role.

Morticia Addams

  • The Addams Family, 1991 — Anjelica Huston
  • Wednesday, 2022 — Catherine Zeta-Jones

Cleopatra

  • Cleopatra, 1963 — Elizabeth Taylor
  • Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, 2002 — Monica Bellucci
  • Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, 2023 — Marion Cotillard

Lucifer

  • Constantine, 2005 — Peter Stormare
  • Supernatural, 2005-2020 — Mark Pellegrino
  • Lucifer, 2016-2021 — Tom Ellis

Maleficent

  • Once Upon a Time, 2011-2018 — Kristin Bauer
  • Maleficent, 2014 — Angelina Jolie

Victor Frankenstein

  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1994 — Kenneth Branagh
  • Once Upon a Time, 2011-2018 — David Anders
  • Victor Frankenstein, 2015 — James McAvoy

Juliet

  • Romeo and Juliet, 1968 — Olivia Hussey
  • William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, 1996 — Claire Danes
  • Romeo & Juliet, 2013 — Hailee Steinfeld

Clark Kent (Superman)

  • Smallville, 2001-2011 — Tom Welling
  • Superman Returns, 2006 — Brandon Routh
  • Man of Steel, 2013 — Henry Cavill
  • Supergirl, 2015-2021 — Tyler Hoechlin

Phileas Fogg

  • Around the World in 80 Days, 1989 — Pierce Brosnan
  • Around the World in 80 Days, 2004 — Steve Coogan
  • Around the World in 80 Days, 2021 — David Tennant

Ariel

  • Once Upon a Time, 2011-2018 — JoAnna Garcia Swisher
  • The Little Mermaid, 2023 — Halle Bailey

Elrond

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001 — Hugo Weaving
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, 2022 — Robert Aramayo

Witcher

  • Wiedźmin, 2002 — Michał Żebrowski
  • The Witcher, 2019 — Henry Cavill
  • Agora, 2009 — Rachel Weisz
  • The Good Place, 2016-2020 — Lisa Kudrow

J. R. R. Tolkien

  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, 2016-2022 — Jack Turner
  • Tolkien, 2019 — Nicholas Hoult

Ernest Hemingway

  • Midnight in Paris, 2011 — Corey Stoll
  • Hemingway & Gellhorn, 2012 — Clive Owen

Galadriel

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001 — Cate Blanchett
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, 2022 — Morfydd Clark

Peter Pan

  • Peter Pan, 2003 — Jeremy Sumpter
  • Once Upon a Time, 2011-2018 — Robbie Kay
  • Pan, 2015 — Levi Miller

Alice

  • Alice in Wonderland, 2010 — Mia Wasikowska
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, 2013-2014 — Sophie Lowe
  • Come Away, 2020 — Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Alice in Borderland, 2020 — Kento Yamazaki

The series, Alice in Borderland, is an allusion to the classic book. The main character’s name is Arisu, and he’s an interpretation of Alice. — Note by Bright Side

Samantha Jones

  • Sex and the City, 1998-2004 — Kim Cattrall
  • The Carrie Diaries, 2013–2014 — Lindsey Gort

Which of these actors was most convincing in their role? Share your opinions in the comments below.

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