Actors who look like their real-life character

James Franco set to play Fidel Castro in upcoming film 'Alina of Cuba’

Stars Insider

05/08/22 | StarsInsider

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Many historical figures have been given new life onscreen by some of Hollywood’s most talented actors. From Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein, these figures' influence will be felt, and embodied, for generations to come.  

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 production, but it also adds so much to their performance.

James Franco has been cast as Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in an upcoming Indie flick called 'Alina of Cuba.' The movie is named after Castro's daughter, Alina Fernandez, who will be played by actress Ana Villafañe. The real-life Fernandez is involved in the production as a biographical consultant, and reportedly approved of Franco's casting! The 44-year-old actor bears a striking resemblance to the communist leader, particularly when he lets his beard go natural. Photos of a scruffy-faced Franco at a film festival in June suggest he's already getting into character! 

Check out this gallery to see side-by-side photos of other actors who look strikingly similar to the people they played on screen.

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