19 Side-By-Sides Of Famous Actors Vs. The Actual Musicians They Played

by Ricardo Johnson

These makeup artists really understood the assignment.

1. This is Elvis Presley, who was dubbed "The King of Rock and Roll."

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Here's Austin Butler as Elvis in the upcoming film Elvis (2022).

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And here's a side-by-side of Elvis Presley and Austin Butler in the movie.

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2. This is Elton John, who is one of the most influential singer-songwriters in pop music history.

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Here's Taron Egerton as Elton in the movie Rocketman (2019).

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And here's a side-by-side of Elton John and Taron Egerton in the movie.

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This is Freddie Mercury, who was a singer-songwriter and the iconic lead singer of the band Queen.

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Here's Rami Malek as Freddie in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).

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And here's a side-by-side of Freddie Mercury and Rami Malek in the movie.

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3. This is Aretha Franklin, who has been dubbed "The Queen of Soul."

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Here's Jennifer Hudson as Aretha in Respect (2021).

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And here's a side-by-side of Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson in the movie.

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4. This is Selena Quintanilla, who's dubbed the "Queen of Tejano Music."

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Here's Jennifer Lopez as Selena in the movie Selena (1997).

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And here's a side-by-side of Selena Quintanilla and Jennifer Lopez in the movie.

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5. This is Tina Turner, who's dubbed the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll."

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Here's Angela Bassett as Tina in the movie What's Love Got to Do With It (1993).

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And here's a side-by-side of Tina Turner and Angela Bassett in the movie.

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6. This is Tommy Lee (and Pamela Anderson), who is a founding member and drummer for the metal band Mötley Crüe.

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Here's Sebastian Stan (and Lily James) as Tommy in the limited series Pam and Tommy (2022).

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And here's a side-by-side of Tommy Lee and Sebastian Stan in the series.

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7. This is Jonathan Larson, who was a composer and lyricist best known for the musicals Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom!

Here's Andrew Garfield as Jonathan in the movie Tick, Tick...Boom! (2021).

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And here's a side-by-side of Jonathan Larson and Andrew Garfield in the movie.

8. This is Bob Dylan, who's widely known as one of the best songwriters of all time.

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Here's Cate Blanchett as Bob in the movie I'm Not There (2007).

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And here's a side-by-side of Bob Dylan and Cate Blanchett in the movie.

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9. This is Jim Morrison, who was a songwriter, poet, and lead singer of the band the Doors.

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Here's Val Kilmer as Jim in the movie The Doors (1991).

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And here's a side-by-side of Jim Morrison and Val Kilmer in the movie.

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Here's André 3000 as Jimi in the movie Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014).

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And here's a side-by-side of Jimi Hendrix and André 3000 in the movie.

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11. This is Buddy Holly, who was a singer-songwriter and one of the most influential artists in mid-1950s rock 'n' roll.

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Here's Gary Busey as Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

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And here's a side-by-side of Buddy Holly and Gary Busey in the movie.

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12. This is Ian Curtis, who was the lead singer and lyricist for the band Joy Division.

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Here's Sam Riley as Ian in Control (2007).

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And here's a side-by-side of Ian Curtis and Sam Riley in the movie.

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13. This is Johnny Cash, who was a singer-songwriter and an influential figure in American country music history.

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This is Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny in the movie Walk the Line (2005).

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And here's a side-by-side of Johnny Cash and Joaquin Phoenix in the movie.

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14. This is Sid Vicious, who was an English musician best known as being the bassist for the band the Sex Pistols.

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Here's Gary Oldman as Sid in the movie Sid and Nancy (1986).

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And here's a side-by-side of Sid Vicious and Gary Oldman in the movie.

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15. This is Judy Garland, who was an actor and singer, best known for starring in The Wizard of Oz (1939).

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Here's Renée Zellweger as Judy in the movie Judy (2019).

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And here's a side-by-side of Judy Garland and Renée Zellweger in the movie.

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16. This is Ray Charles, who was a singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer often regarded as "The Genius."

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Here's Jamie Foxx as Ray in the movie Ray (2004).

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And here's a side-by-side of Ray Charles and Jamie Foxx in the movie.

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17. This is Édith Piaf, who was one of France's most popular singers internationally.

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Here's Marion Cotillard as Édith in the movie La Vie En Rose (2007).

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And here's a side-by-side of Édith Piaf and Marion Cotillard in the movie.

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18. This is Brian Wilson, a singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Beach Boys.

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Here's Paul Dano as Brian in the movie Love Mercy (2014).

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And here's a side-by-side of Brian Wilson and Paul Dano in the movie.

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19. Finally, this is Joan Jett, who is a singer best known for the group Joan Jett the Blackhearts and a founder of the band the Runaways.

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Here's Kristen Stewart as Joan in the movie The Runaways (2010).

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And here's a side-by-side of Joan Jett and Kristen Stewart in the movie.

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