REAL LIFE LEGENDS AND THE ACTORS WHO PLAYED THEM

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Frank Abagnale Jnr. With Leonardo Dicaprio

(Catch Me if You Can – 2002)

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Frank Abagnale Jnr was the real life teenager who ran multiple scams running into millions of dollars. He was a Pilot, a Doctor and a Lawyer before settling to be Leonardo Dicaprio in the 2002 movie, Catch Me If You Can.

Chris Gardner and Will Smith

(The Pursuit of Happyness – 2006)

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Chris Gardner hit rock-bottom in his life, was rendered homeless with his child but he never gave up. He eventually made it, and is comfortable being played by Hollywood favorite, Will Smith.

John Nash and Russell Crowe

(A Beautiful Mind – 2001)

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When a Nobel Laureate meets an Oscar recipient, great things are bound to happen. Beautiful Mind was a beautiful and haunting movie to watch.

Mariane Pearl and Angelina Jolie

(A Mighty Heart – 2007)

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Mariane Pearl, wife of deceased wall street journalist Daniel Pearl in the movie, Mighty Heart was played by Angelina Jolie. Who, to this day she has remained friends with.

Stephen Hawking and Eddie Redmayne

(Theory Of Everything – 2014)

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Oscar meets Laureate once again with the acclaimed ‘Theory Of Everything’, a move which was inspired by renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking.

Mark Zuckerberg and Jesse Einsenberg

(The Social Network – 2010)

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Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was played by Jesse Einsenberg in the critically acclaimed Social Network movie. Both appearing on Saturday Night Live, do they look alike?

Nelson Mandela and Morgan Freeman

(Invictus – 2009)

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South African Legend, Nelson Mandela and Morgan Freeman met in 2007, and there, Mandela made it known he would like Morgan to play him if a movie is to be made. Which he did, with Invictus in 2009.

Muhammed Ali and Will Smith

(Ali – 2001)

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Muhammed Ali, the greatest was played by Will Smith in the biopic. Both men were said to be good friends when Ali was alive. Ali passed away early 2016.

Angela Basset and Tina Turner

(What’s Love Got To Do With It – 1993)

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Tina Turner met Angela Basset at the set of her biopic ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ in 1993. Tina Turner was said to be supportive of Angela, giving her tips and dance moves to pull off the role.

Aron Ralston and James Franco

(127 Hours – 2010)

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James Franco played a man whose hand was trapped under a boulder in the movie, 172 hours. Ralston, who the movie was based on decide to sever his hands in order to live. Ouch.

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