Actors Who’ve Played Real-Life People (PHOTOS)

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Moneyball, the upcoming sports drama film set to hit theaters on September 23, stars Brad Pitt portraying real-life general manager of the Oakland Athletics, Billy Beane.

In recent years, films based off of the lives of exceptional real-people people have proven to be huge successes, both with fans and with critics. 

One of the earliest award-winning biographical films was Erin Brockovich in 2000, which starred Julia Roberts as the titular environmental activist. Julia won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors' Guild Award and BAFTA for Best Actress for her work in the film. Julia later went on to play another real-life female lead in Eat Pray Love

Ali star Will Smith has stated that his portrayal of Muhammad Ali, which was the result of a year's worth of studying every aspect of the boxer's life, is his proudest work. His Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2001 proved that critics agreed.

Charlize Theron won seventeen awards for her portrayal of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's Monster, among which were the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

In 2004, Leonardo DiCaprio was praised for his portrayal of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes in The Aviator, which was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Film.

In that same year, Jamie Foxx received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as musician Ray Charles in the biographical film Ray.

Sandra Bullock's performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy in 2009's emotionally powerful The Blind Side was praised by fans and critics alike, helping her win the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. The film itself earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

This past awards season saw a slew of nominees recognized for their portrayals of real-life people. The Fighter, The King's Speech and The Social Network were all based on true events. Christian Bale won an Oscar for his work in The Fighter, while The King's Speech won for Best Picture and earned Colin Firth an Oscar. 

So, pair the success of recent biographical films with Brad Pitt's notoriety, and it's safe to say that we expect big things from Moneyball. Do you plan on seeing the film on Sept. 23?

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  • Julie
    Julie

    Still better than Minka Kelly.

  • Julie
    Julie

    See Lifetime, HBO chooses REAL ACTORS for their movies.

  • Julie
    Julie

    Bill Murray for Oscar!

  • Julie
    Julie

    They really look like each other a lot, but I have serious doubts about Ashton's acting talent.

  • Julie
    Julie

    Don't screw up, or the angels will kill you.

  • Julie
    Julie

    I think she will be better than Reese Witherspoon. Too bad it's only a TV movie.

  • Julie
    Julie

    Can't wait!

  • Julie
    Julie

    The Butler sounds so exciting. So many actors playing so many important people.

  • Julie
    Julie

    AMAZING!

  • Julie
    Julie

    I want to see the pictures first, but I think Scarlett can do this .

  • Julie
    Julie

    I am still in shock that she will portrait this legend, but the movie is sure gonna bring a lot of rating for Lifetime.

  • Julie
    Julie

    Hope she won't screw up.

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    InsertNameHere

    Oh my god, who the fuck gave her that role, she's hot but she looks nothing like her

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  • sona
    sona

    i absolutely love this movie!!!

  • sona
    sona

    he was really good!

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