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Old 12-24-2010, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default Best Movie portrayals of real life people

You ever watch a film in which an actor is playing a real person and as the movie progress you start to believe that he/she really is that person? A few movies i've seen recently come to mind.

Al Pacino/Dr Kevorkian - You don't know Jack
Denzel Washington/Malcolm X - Malcolm X
Laurence Fishburne/Ike Turner - What's love got to do with it
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:19 AM   #2
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Ben Kingsley as Ghandi

Michael Rooker as Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial killer.

Daniel Day-Lewis as William Poole (Bill the Butcher) in Gangs of New York.

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Old 12-24-2010, 10:29 AM   #3
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Josh Brolin as dubya and Dreyfuss as Cheney in W.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:46 AM   #4
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Default Re: Best Movie portrayals of real life people

that happens best in really well done tv series, where you're allowed a longer time to get to know the characters. plus there are longer and more relatable character arcs. 'the wire' had plenty of that to go around.

in terms of movies... a few that revolve around one single character spring to mind. seymour hoffman's character in 'synecdoche, new york' was really elaborate and consistent, and the movie took place over some 40-50 years, so you really take the journey.

i just mentioned ellen whatsherface's character in 'requiem' in the other thread. that one definitely had me entrenched. i was heartbroken by the end.

this might not qualify under what you wrote in the op, but the lead in 'bronson' gave a really awesome performance and for such an artsy flick, really gave an air of reality to an otherwise visually and narratively exaggerated movie.

larry gopnik from the coen's 'a serious man' has a similar feel to 'synecdoche's caden. successful guys who just don't understand what the f*ck is going on, and do a brilliant job conveying just how clueless they are to the grand scheme taking place around them. i guess the difference between them and almost everybody else is that they actually realize how little they understand.

joel barrish in 'eternal sunshine' as well. oh, and that wrestler from 'the wrestler', randy the rammel rammelstein.

i feel like i'm just listing my favourite recent movies now. i guess the overlap is in the fact that my favourite movies tend to have really well sketched and relatable characters. another one just sprang to mind - tom ripley played by matt damon. damn that movie got into my head.



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Old 12-24-2010, 01:14 PM   #5
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Jim Carey as Andy Kaufman in "Man On The Moon". Not a Carey fan, but I was a huge Andy fan. The portrayal is uncanny.

I'm betting Borat as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming bio pic will be stellar. He's a shape shifter.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:17 PM   #6
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Josh Brolin as dubya and Dreyfuss as Cheney in W.

What an inspired original opinion you have there peter. Wait a minute... http://207.58.151.151/forum/showpost...0&postcount=17 Creepy.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:26 PM   #7
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Stempel, HERB as starface

Uncanny.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:38 PM   #8
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i do starface better than starface tho
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:44 PM   #9
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Josh Brolin as dubya and Dreyfuss as Cheney in W.
Beat me to it. What a criminally underrated film that is.
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What an inspired original opinion you have there peter. Wait a minute... http://207.58.151.151/forum/showpost...0&postcount=17 Creepy.
After viewing TWBB for a second time I rescind the opinion I put forth in that post. Both DDL and the film itself were well deserving of the accolades it received.
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Stempel, HERB as starface

Uncanny.


you know, i'll take this back because its POSSIBLE it's not josh. the way he keeps disturbing archives on EVERYTHING any poster has ever said, and also called you "peter" it actually sounds more like jefferson money. and he's the one poster with a life more twisted and full of envy for other people than josh. so it definitely could be him.

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Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas
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Christian Bale did a helluva job playing Dicky Eklund, same with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Capote.
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Beat me to it. What a criminally underrated film that is.

It's been all over the movie channels lately and I've seen it 2-3 times this month. Brolin is George.
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Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

Edit: He actually played Raoul Duke, but the character is based on Hunter.

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