10 Historical Figures In Real Life Vs The Movies

Have you ever wondered if a historical figure portrayed by an actor was similar to their real life counterpart? Directors sometimes change the appearance of the character from the real person actor is portraying simply for the audience and for production value. Sometimes even the smallest detail can totally change the importance of a historical figure and their role in the history, thus turning them into a completely different person. and this happens quite frequently in Hollywood movies, but hey, it is the movies not a history lesson.


Xerxes I in ’300′

Portrayed by Rodrigo Santoro

Xerxes I in ’300′

Alexander III of Macedon (Alexander the Great) in ’Alexander’

Portrayed by Colin Farrell

Alexander III of Macedon (Alexander the Great) in ’Alexander’

The young Salvador Dali in ’Little Ashes’

Portrayed by Robert Pattinson

The young Salvador Dali in ’Little Ashes’

King Leonidas I in ’300′

Portrayed by Gerard Butler

King Leonidas I in ’300′

Emperor Commodus in ’Gladiator’

Portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix

Emperor Commodus in ’Gladiator’

William Wallace in ’Braveheart’

Portrayed by Mel Gibson

William Wallace in ’Braveheart’

Joan of Arc in ’The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc’

Portrayed by Milla Jovovich

Joan of Arc in ’The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc’

King Arthur in ’King Arthur’

Portrayed by Clive Owen

King Arthur in ’King Arthur’

King Henry VIII in ‘The Tudors’

Portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers

King Henry VIII in ‘The Tudors’

Cleopatra in ’Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra’

Portrayed by Monica Bellucci

Cleopatra in ’Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra’

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