Actors who look like their real-life character
Baz Luhrmann has finally selected an actor to play the King
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Many historical figures have been given new life on-screen by some of Hollywood’s most talented actors. From Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein, these figures’ influence will be felt for generations to come.
Their legacies have especially inspired, and been reproduced by, directors and actors around the world. While many actors have had to undergo a huge physical transformation to fully embody a character, there are also quite a few actors who are lucky enough to show an uncanny resemblance to the character they’re portraying. It’s a blessing for the makeup crew, but it also adds so much to their performance.
The latest actor to be so lucky is Austin Butler, who has been selected to portray one of history’s most influential performers: Elvis Presley.
The Baz Luhrmann-directed flick had quite a few front-runners for the role, including Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Harry Styles. But when screen-testing Butler, Luhrmann said, “I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world's most iconic musical figures.”
While you’ll have to wait and see how Butler fills those enormous blue suede shoes, you can check out this gallery to see side-by-side photos of all the actors who look strikingly similar to the people they played on-screen.
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