Side-by-side photos of actors vs. the real people they played

At their best, actors are chameleons, transforming themselves as they take on each new role. When it comes to biopics, though, there’s a certain added pressure since they’re portraying someone real. The following actors didn’t just play their real-life counterparts – they became them, often becoming completely unrecognizable in the process.

[post_page_title]Margot Robbie vs. Tonya Harding [/post_page_title]

When Margot Robbie was gearing up to play Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in the movie I, Tonya, she went all out. She studied Harding’s mannerisms for almost a year, and even practiced figure skating for four months so she’d be able to do her own skating. That’s not half bad, considering the Australian actress didn’t even realize she was portraying an actual person when she first read the script. Nevertheless, she ended up turning in an Oscar-nominated performance, perfectly capturing the essence of the troubled athlete who let her ambition take her just a little too far.

Margot Robbie vs. Tonya Harding

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