Photos of actors playing historical figures


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#2

That’s really good, and a nice idea, but I feel like I owe the guy my life for turning me on to ‘Pitch n Putt with Beckett n Joyce.’ Holy fuck.


#3

Since when is Graham Chapman’s “Protestant Man Bragging About Contraceptive Rights” character from Meaning of Life meant to be explorer David Livingston?
(See set 3.)


#4

I noticed one major omission from the “Einstein” bunch. Plenty of actors have played Albert Einstein, but how many have the acting chops to play him as a Tasmanian apple farmer who split atoms with a chisel and invented Rock & Roll?

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#5

At first I read that as Poitier playing both Mandela and De Klerk, which would have made for one heck of a film.


#6

I was a little disappointed he was not included in their Saddam lineup:


#7

“Miche-
langelo”?

Did he not stop to think there might have been a better place to hyphenate that name?


#8

Yeah, some of the photos he uses don’t show the actor in the correct role. Another problematic one is Grover Cleveland, which shows Wilford Brimley wearing modern clothing and eyeglasses.


#9

That’s Edgar Allan Poe (though his name could be changed to Allen in some movies, I believe).


#10

Let me just save your time with the presidents and say that nothing beats William Shatner in a powdered wig as John Adams.


#11

I realize these lists aren’t meant to be exhaustive but at first glance I see two omissions. Tim Roth as Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent and Theo and Nigel Terry as King Arthur in John Boorman’s Excalibur.


#12

BRIAN BLESSED played BACH?!


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