Acting is a wonderful thing. To be able to inhabit a character’s soul and bring it to life is incredible, and a talent not granted to many. Sometimes, on very special occasions, this wonderful phenomenon happens twice when an actor or actress is lucky enough to play the role of another actor or actress.
These performances are often great fun; and when done well, they can be astonishing in their resemblance to the person depicted, for example when Renee Zellweger turned into Judy Garland or when James Franco showed the general public the mysterious charisma of Tommy Wiseau.
Channeling the Invisible – Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn in ‘The Aviator’ (2004)
Martin Scorseseis nominated for an Oscar the aviator depicts the beginnings and career of the legendary millionaire, aviator and filmmaker Howard Hughesplayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. renowned actress Catherine Hepburn plays an important role in the story, and in the movie she was played by Cate Blanchett.
Hepburn was a very private person known only to those closest to her, so trying to play her and not fall into caricature was daunting, but Blanchett nailed the role. She channels Hepburn’s on-screen persona and injects a heartfelt humanity into it.
When Batman Played Superman – Ben Affleck as George Reeves in ‘Hollywoodland’ (2006)
Although he is one of the most famous actors currently working in Hollywood, Ben Affleck is not often praised for his acting skills. It is therefore understandable that one of his greatest performances is also George Reeveswho played Superman on the TV show The Adventures of Supermanin the neo-noir thriller Hollywoodland about a detective (Adrian Brody) investigating the mysterious death of Reeves.
What he lacked in acting talent, Reeves made up for with charisma and a strong screen presence. Affleck beautifully plays a man plagued by dissatisfaction and self-doubt, slowly peeling back the layers of such a complex and compelling figure.
They Never Forgot Her – Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ (2019)
The Bittersweet Biopic Judy follows Judy Garland, beautifully played by Renée Zellweger in one of his best performanceson a trip to England to perform a series of sold-out shows in 1968, a year before the star’s tragic death at 47.
Although Zellweger nailed Garland’s demeanor and personality, hers is far from a mere imitation. She brings a commendable emotional intensity to the role, not precisely disappearing into Judy’s skin but rather capturing and conveying what the actress felt during her final days on Earth. It is a performance as tender as it is heartbreaking.
Rising Star – Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (2019)
Some say this movie is filmmaker Quentin Tarantinolove letter to cinema. In it, the decline of failed Hollywood star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) is contrasted with some rising star scenes. Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie), who was a real actress married to the infamous Roman Polansky when the film takes place.
Robbie perfectly portrays the innocence and youthful energy of a young actress like Tate, resulting in a magnificent performance that relies much more on gestures and facial expressions than on dialogue.
She’s Worth All the Trouble – Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week with Marilyn’ (2011)
In My week with Marilynyoung film student Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) lands a dream job on the set of Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh)’s last movie, where star Marilyn Monroe (michelle williams) invites him into his fascinating inner world.
Although the movie itself isn’t generally considered particularly good, Williams’ role as the legendary Marilyn has been praised over the years. Although the role would have been easy to approach as a superficial impersonation, Williams plays Monroe with sophistication and realism, so compelling that she alone makes the film worth watching.
The Wild Side of Legend – Robert Downey Jr. as Charles Chaplin in ‘Chaplin’ (1992)
Robert Downey Jr. earned his first Oscar nomination for playing the master of slapstick comedy, Charlie Chaplinin Sir Richard Attenboroughthe biopic Chaplin.
It’s arguably the greatest performance of Downey’s career, a complex and deeply human portrayal of a true cinematic legend. The actor successfully pulls off the fun and energetic side of Chaplin’s personality while shining in the more dramatic and melancholic parts.
Oh Hi, James – James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in ‘The Disaster Artist’ (2017)
Bedroom is popular for being widely regarded as one of the absolute worst films ever made, giving its director, writer, producer and star, Tommy Wiseau, similar notoriety for… well, not particularly his talent. James Franco performed and performed in The Disaster Artista film about the making of Bedroom.
The comedy-drama is about as funny and insightful as you’d expect, and that’s largely thanks to Franco’s chameleon-like performance as Wiseau. It takes the filmmaker’s ridiculous, larger-than-life personality and then adds layers of mystery, emotion, and emotion to it.
Plan to Die Soon – Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi ‘Ed Wood’ (1994)
The end Martin Landau is best known for his role in Tim Burtonit is Ed Wood, about the filmmaker of the same name who is often considered the absolute worst to ever do it. Landau plays the mythical Bela Lugosibest known for portraying Dracula in the classic 1931 monster movie.
Landau won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role, and for good reason. His portrayal of Lugosi is both hilarious and heartbreaking, as he lovingly builds the character of this endearing yet tragic figure.
Talk about disappearing into a role! – Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in “The Man on the Moon” (1999)
Milos Formanit is Man on the Moon tells the life story of the legendary comedian and actor Andy Kaufmanplayed by jim carrey in one of the most controversial performances in cinematic history.
During the film’s production, Carrey’s commitment to the role was immense –too much, some would say. He insisted on being treated like Andy Kaufman both on and off set, refusing to break character and even going so far as to claim he had been possessed by Kaufman’s spirit. Carrey becomes pretty much the famous comedian, managing to bring out the more empathetic side of an eccentric man.
The best to do the worst – Johnny Depp as Ed Wood in ‘Ed Wood’ (1994)
Some say that Ed Wood is Tim Burton’s best movieand that Johnny DeppThe actor-director performance is the best of his career. It is not difficult to understand why. Depp brings a warmth and charm to the character that is hard to imagine with any other actor.
Wood was a fascinating figure and Depp plays the part wonderfully. You really believe that he is a man absolutely delighted to make films, even if he does not see that he is completely incompetent for it. Depp manages to be funny, endearing, sweet and jovial, often all at once. When the credits roll, you’ll want to see what Wood is talking about.
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