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6 actors who have played classic actors

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In honor of Nicole Kidman's newest movie "Grace of Monaco" I thought I would look at actors who have played classic actors in biopics. These six actors have played classic actors like James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Orson Welles, and Anthony Perkins.

It's not the easiest thing to do, play another person especially if they are a beloved pop icon. People can make their judgments before they see the movie sometimes, especially if they really adore the person. So there is a lot riding on a performance of any beloved (even not beloved) public figure.

Through the years some actors have done justice to actors before them, while others have done a terrible job. It all depends These six picks have done a decent job for what movie they starred in.

So take a look at this list of six modern day actors, who have played real-life classic stars in the movies they were in.

What other actors come to mind?

James Franco
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James Franco

James Franco played James Dean in the 2001 TV film, "James Dean." The film had been directed by Mark Rydell. It also starred, Michael Moriarity, Valentina Cervi, and Enrico Colantoni.

Franco won a Golden Globe for his role as Dean, he also won nominated for an Emmy because of the role. Upon it's release it was popular, mainly because Franco gave a pretty perfect performance. The film chronicles Dean's as struggling actor to one of the biggest A-listers. It also looked at Dean's relationship with his father. 

So it could be said that Franco did one of the best performances of the tragic star.


Michelle Williams
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Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams blew the audience and critics away with her performance as Marilyn Monroe. Everyone knows Monroe, she's an icon, so it's never easy trying to please everyone. In the film "My Week With Marilyn" Williams did such that, the role garnished her awards and nominations. At the 84th Academy Awards, she was nominated for Best Actress, but lost out to Meryl Streep. She did though win  a Golden Globe for her performance.

Simon Curtis had directed the movie, which it's about the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl," and the week that Monroe and Colin Clark spend around London. Eddie Redmayne played Clark, Kenneth Branagh was Laurence Olivier, and Emma Watson and Judi Dench also starred in the movie.

So Michelle Williams is just one actress that has played Marilyn Monroe in a movie.






Christian McKay
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Christian McKay

Christian McKay played the great Orson Welles in the film "Me and Orson Welles." Richard Linklater directed the movie, and Zac Efron was in the lead role. Clarie Danes and Ben Chaplin also starred in the movie. It's about the production of the Mercury's Theatre "Julius Caesar." At the moment the movie holds a 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. McKay was praised for his role as Welles by many critics upon it's release.

James D'Arcy
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James D'Arcy

James D'Arcy played Anthony Perkins in the 2012 film, "Hitchcock." The film that looks at Alfred Hitchcock and the filming of his movie "Psycho." The movie was based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho."

D'Arcy even read a biography about Perkins to get into the role!


Jennifer Love Hewitt
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Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt played Audrey Hepburn in the 2000 TV movie, "The Audrey Hepburn Story." The film spans from her childhood to the height of her career. Hewitt once the movie aired had mixed reviews about her performance as Hepburn. Will say she does look pretty much like her in the movie. 

Like Marilyn Monroe, Hepburn is an iconic figure, she's quite beloved. The TV movie is flawed, but nevertheless it's great to see Hepburn as the subject.


Helena-Boham Carter
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Helena-Boham Carter

Helena-Boham Carter has played many different characters even iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor. The TV movie Burton and Taylor aired last year on BBC America. Dominic West played Richard Burton. The movie looks at the stormy relationship between the power couple. Carter's and West's performances were praised highly.

If you missed this one, watch it someday because it's pretty good!