Margot Robbie, Robert De Niro, And Other Actors Were Masterfully Transformed Into Famous Real People

Date January 24, 2018 10:04

Actors play real people – this is what they do. Sometimes, they fail; in other cases, they succeed. But they also often transform into someone so masterfully that you forget you are watching a movie. Take, for example, some of the best biographical films. Have you noticed how beautifully Eddie Redmayne was able to play Stephen Hawking? The list is really long, but the most important thing is that these actors not only played a role, they became people whom they played.

Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

To embody the life of Harding in the early 90s, the actress took figure skating classes. She also had to put on more than 15 lbs. of muscle and decided to dye her hair cheap and wear strip mall cosmetics. And Margot really managed to channel the famous Olympic figure skater.

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Allison Janney as Lavona Golden in I, Tonya

On the other hand, Janney had to transform into Harding’s abusive mom. Unfortunately, there was no opportunity to interview the former waitress, so the actress had to search for inspiration in other places. The relationship between the daughter and her mother was so broken, Tonya didn’t even care about where her mom was. So, Allison had to rely on documentaries to get into the character.

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown

Of course, playing Her Majesty is a great deal of pressure, but Claire Foy has worked it out. In fact, there are people on set who happen to have worked for the royals to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the show.

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Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour

One of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors, Oldman, took about 200 hours of makeup work to look more like a British statesman. He also confessed that it was daunting to play such an iconic figure, but he enjoyed every minute of shooting.

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Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul

For Judi Dench, elaborate costumes played a major role in portraying the queen. Once you get into a suit, corsets, and a dress, as well as put on a wig, you immediately feel as if you belong to a royal family. The way you walk, talk, and sit changes.

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Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in Battle of Sexes

To get into the character of Bobby Riggs, the actor spent much time playing tennis and talking to Lornie Kuhle, his coach and best friend. Moreover, Carell also enjoyed watching tennis when growing up, so he had quite a grasp of Riggs’s persona. According to the actor, he was a showman and a smart guy who loved the action.

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© Battle of the Sexes (2017) / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis in Feud

Sarandon admitted that it was a terrifying experience to play Bette Davos. Especially difficult for her was to imitate Bette’s distinctive accent. The actress spent a lot of time listening to Davos' interviews and working with a dialog coach.

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Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff in The Wizard of Lies

Actually, the actor met Madoff before shooting the movie, but he also had a recording of Bernie’s voice on repeat.

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It takes incredible talent to master such transformations!

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