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Actors who looked nothing like the real life people they were playing



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,239 ✭✭✭✭ Cee-Jay-Cee

    Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,812 ✭✭✭ Hannibal

    Robert de niro as jimmy Conway in goodfellas.
    I thought De Niro looked fairly close to Jimmy Burke in Goodfellas actually

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,428 ✭✭✭ .jacksparrow.

    Hannibal wrote: »
    I thought De Niro looked fairly close to Jimmy Burke in Goodfellas actually

    I meant in real life he was a giant of a man compared to de niro.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,793 ✭✭✭✭ DrumSteve

    Frank Langella as Nixon in Frost/Nixon.

    On a side note Michael Sheen is a frackin chameleon.

  • Posts: 0 Adam Itchy Peanut

    Naomi Watts as Princess Diana.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,930 ✭✭✭ Jimoslimos

    William Mapother played Jason Thomas in the film 9/11.

    Apparantly whilst everyone noticed the big heroic marine locating and rescuing people from the rubble, no one noticed that he is black.
    I went to a production of Othello many years ago in the Tivoli where Iago was black and Othello was white (or at least lighter skinned than Iago). Spent most of the play scratching my head wondering if they had each other's lines mixed up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,625 ✭✭✭ Sofaspud

    Brendan Gleeson as that short-arsed little runt, Martin Cahill.

    I thought Brendan Gleeson fit that role fairly well.

    Kevin Spacey, on the other hand . . .

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,180 ✭✭✭ Sunglasses Ron

    Kirk Lazarus as whatever yer mans name was. Even despite the surgery.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,652 ✭✭✭ fasttalkerchat

    None of the actors in The Aviator looked like who they were supposed to look like.

    I read that as Avatar. :pac:

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,947 ✭✭✭ Morzadec

    Anthony Hopkins plays a black man in The Human Stain. Not a real life person, but still poor casting imo

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,011 ✭✭✭✭ martingriff

    Brendan Gleeson as that short-arsed little runt, Martin Cahill.

    WHAT:eek: he is the image of him.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,049 ✭✭✭ eviltimeban

    Anyone who ever played any of the Beatles, with the exception of Gary Bakewell.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,200 ✭✭✭✭ super_furry

    Anyone who's ever played Jesus, ever.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,636 ✭✭✭ Tin Foil Hat

    WHAT:eek: he is the image of him.

    Nah! Not runty enough.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 343 ✭✭ Amy33

    Colin Firth as King George VI in The King's Speech.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,011 ✭✭✭✭ martingriff

    Morzadec wrote: »
    Anthony Hopkins plays a black man in The Human Stain. Not a real life person, but still poor casting imo

    Johnny Depp as Tonto

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 85,685 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Capt'n Midnight


    8 p.m. “Interview With a Vampire”
    Tom Cruise is a soulless recluse who lurks in the darkness and sucks the life from all who come near him. He’s also in this movie about a vampire. (1994) HBO.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,615 ✭✭✭ ollaetta

    Mint Aero wrote: »
    Alan Rickman was pretty close imo
    I agree but....
    even Dev said so himself.
    ....Dev died in the 1970's. :confused:

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,282 ✭✭✭✭ callaway92

    getting on

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,570 ✭✭✭ Mint Aero

    ollaetta wrote: »
    I agree but.... ....Dev died in the 1970's. :confused:

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,584 ✭✭✭ pappyodaniel

    Peter McDonald from (Paths to Freedom) playing the role of Johnny Giles in The Damned United.
    Gilesy was of a low stocky build and P McD is a tall, skinny, knobbly knees kinda lad. The only thing in common the actor has to the part is he's Irish and male.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,970 ✭✭✭ hardCopy

    Gary Busey as Buddy Holly. Kurt Russell as Elvis. Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash. Even more than Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon didn't even look remotely like June Carter Cash.

    That Gary Busey shot looks just like Rory McIlroy

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,315 ✭✭✭ Soft Falling Rain

    I'm a fan of Idris Elba but it's a stretch to say the least having him play Nelson Mandela (he said as much himself though).