Playing a beloved figure from modern history is a pretty standard go-to move for Hollywood’s finest.
It’s a way to prove yourself by doing some capital A-acting, add some gravitas to your filmography, and maybe even bag yourself a few awards.
This video by editor Vulgar Efendi pulls together some of the best biopic performances of recent years, and puts them side by side with real-life footage of the person they are playing.
We see Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, alongside real-life conman Frank Abagnale.
Mark Wahlberg as boxer Mickey Ward in The Fighter compared to Ward’s real bout.
Natalie Portman in Jackie next to footage of Jackie Onassis.
And Michael Sheen as Brian Clough.
HT: The AV Club