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15 Perfectly Cast Actors Who Could Never Be Replaced

Actors don’t always get the opportunity to reach the pinnacle of their careers. But if they do, they have no limits when transforming themselves into unforgettable roles to bring the characters to life. They undergo significant physical changes and become unrecognizable. We rounded up a list of incredible actors who put signatures under their extraordinary and challenging performances and became legends. Scroll through till the end of the article to see what we’ve got for you.

1. John Travolta in Hairspray (2007)

2. Rob Lowe in Behind the Candelabra (2013)

3. Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder (2008)

4. Heath Ledger⁠ in The Dark Knight (2008)

5. Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

6. Christian Bale in The Machinist (2004)

7. Charlize Theron in Monster (2003)

8. Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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9. Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl (2015)

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10. Emma Thompson in Nanny McPhee (2005)

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11. Colin Farrell in The Batman (2022)

12. Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010)

13. Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

14. Salma Hayek in Frida (2002)

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15. Nicole Kidman in The Hours (2002)

Bonus: Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Please note: This article was updated in October 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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