32 actors don’t look like famous people

Tom Hanks looked nothing like Mr. Rogers.

Recently, Variety announced that Rooney Mara will play the iconic Audrey Hepburn in an upcoming biopic.

Rooney Mara will play Audrey Hepburn in Apple Biopic directed by Luca Guadagnino https://t.co/ijlisHWhab

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And if my opinion matters, this is truly one of the best casting choices Hollywood has ever made – I mean, check out this comparison! Rooney is essentially Audrey’s clone!

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It got me thinking of all the TV / movie biopics and the good and bad casting choices Hollywood has made. So here are a few actors who * just * looked like the famous people they played, and actors who didn’t look like them at all:

MISSED THE MARK: What Rami Malek Looked Like As Freddie Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody (2018):

What the real Freddie Mercury looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Kristen Stewart Looked Like As Joan Jett In Runaways (2010):

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What the real Joan Jett looks like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Zoe Saldana looked like as Nina Simone in Nina (2016):

What the real Nina Simone looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Denzel Washington looked like as Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992):

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What the real Malcolm X looked like:

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MISSED: What Javier Bardem looked like as Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos (2021):

What the real Desi Arnaz looked like:

HIT THE MARK: What Viola Davis Looks Like As Michelle Obama In Upcoming Miniseries The first lady (2022):

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What the real Michelle Obama looks like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Madonna Looked Like As Eva Perón In To avoid (1996):

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What the real Eva Perón looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Jessica Chastain looked like as Tammy Faye Bakker in Tammy Faye’s eyes (2021):

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What the real Tammy Faye Bakker looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Diana Ross Looked Like As Billie Holiday In Lady sings the blues (1972):

What the real Billie Holiday looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Taron Egerton Looked Like As Elton John In Rocket man (2019):

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What the real Elton John looks like:

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MISSED: What Martin Sheen looked like as John F. Kennedy in Kennedy (1983):

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What the real John F. Kennedy looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Sterling K. Brown looked like as Christopher Darden in The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story (2016):

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What the real Christopher Darden looks like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Jessica Lange looked like as Joan Crawford in Feud: Bette and Joan (2017):

What the real Joan Crawford looked like:

HIT THE MARK: What Drey Barrymore looked like as Edith Bouvier Beale in Gray gardens (2009):

What the real Edith Bouvier Beale looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Tom Hanks Looked Like As Mister Rogers In A beautiful day in the neighborhood (2019):

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What the real Mr. Rogers looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Lil Mama looked like as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013):

What the real Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes looked like:

MISSED THE MARK: What Angelina Jolie Looked Like As Gia Carangi In Family (1998):

What the real Gia Carangi looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Halle Berry looked like as Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999):

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What the real Dorothy Dandridge looked like:

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MISSED: What Eddie Murphy looked like as Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite is my name (2019):

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What the real Rudy Ray Moore looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Lily James Looks Like As Pamela Anderson In The Next Series Pam & Tommy (2022):

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The mini-series begins airing on Hulu on February 2, 2022.

What the real Pamela Anderson looks like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Aaron Taylor-Johnson Looked Like As John Lennon In Nowhere Boy (2009):

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What the real John Lennon looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Yasiin Bey (Formerly Mos Def) Looked Like As Chuck Berry In Cadillac Records (2008):

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What the real Chuck Berry looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Beyoncé Looked Like As Etta James In Cadillac Records (2008):

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What the real Etta James looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Daniel Day-Lewis Looked Like As Abraham Lincoln In Lincoln (2012):

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What the real Abraham Lincoln looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Lindsay Lohan Looked Like As Elizabeth Taylor In Liz & Dick (2013):

What the real Elizabeth Taylor looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Uzo Aduba looked like as Shirley Chisholm in Mrs. America (2020):

What the real Shirley Chisholm looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Leonardo DiCaprio Looked Like As Howard Hughes In The aviator (2004) :

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What the real Howard Hughes looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Jennifer Lopez looked like as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in Selena (1997):

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What the real Selena Quintanilla-Pérez looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What John Cusack Looked Like As Richard Nixon In The butler (2013):

What the real Richard Nixon looked like:

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HIT THE MARK: What Leslie Odom Jr. Looked Like As Sam Cooke In One night in Miami … (2020):

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What the real Sam Cooke looked like:

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MISSED THE MARK: What Meryl Streep looked like as Florence Foster Jenkins in Florence foster jenkins (2016):

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What the real Florence Foster Jenkins looked like:

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And HIT THE MARK: What Renée Zellweger Looked Like As Judy Garland In Judy (2019):

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What the real Judy Garland looked like:

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If * you * could pick an actor to play a famous person in a TV / movie biopic, who would it be? Let us know in the comments below!

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