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Our Favorite Historical Figures in Film and All the Actors Who Played Them

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Famous people portraying famous people. 

While we're obsessed with fictional characters like Katniss Everdeen, the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol in The Hunger Games series, or the kinky CEO Christian Grey in the soon to be feature film 50 Shades of Grey, one genre you'll see every year at the box office is a new angle on an old story, led by a fascinating historical figure that we desperately want to know more about. Just recently, the Academy Awards honored films like 12 Years a Slave, based on the true story of Solomon Northrup and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, an interpretation of the South African President's autobiography. 

Redditor vanvictor is sharing his collection "Famous People in Fiction," which features some of history's biggest names and the actors who've portrayed them in film and television. From medieval monarchs to British royalty, US presidents to Hollywood's most tragic stars, the spectrum of revered and recycled figures in film is broad. Which is why it's easy for filmmakers to continue to offer new visions of an interesting story, one that we may have heard of before but don't mind watching again.

It's also interesting to compare professional performances of the same characters. Judi Dench or Kathy Bates as Queen Victoria. Christian Bale or Jim Caviezel as Jesus of Nazareth. Take a look at some of the photo collections below and remember your favorite performances of the world's most famous influencers.