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Movie double bill; We've found the perfect celeb lookalikes who could play Hollywood legends.

Byline: BRIAN McIVER

WHO would play you in the movie of your life?

It's a question that most of us will only ever ask as a fun conversation piece.

But for Hollywood producers picking the right actor to play a real-life character in a movie is a serious business.

Whether it's making sure Jamie Foxx can get the right look to become Ray Charles or that Joaquin Phoenix can perfect the Johnny Cash snarl, it's one of the trickiest skills in the business to get a star to copy someone who is already famous and whose image is etched into the public consciousness.

The latest Hollywood stars to be given the task of emulating cultural icons in manners as well as looks are Al Pacino, who will be bringing eccentric artist Salvador Dali to life in a new movie, and Michael Douglas, who will be donning sequins to get dressed up as flamboyant pianist Liberace.

But who could be the next group of actors to copycat the stars? Here are some of the confirmed projects and a few suggestions...

AL PACINO AND SALVADOR DALI OSCAR-winning actor Pacino is famed for his character-filled face and combustible com·bus·ti·ble
adj.
Capable of igniting and burning.

n.
A substance that ignites and burns readily.
 temper, so is perfect to play the eccentric Spanish painter. His Latin background also gives him the ideal skin tone - just add the twirly moustache and he's perfect.

SARAH HARDING AND MARILYN MONROE

THE Girls Aloud babe would be the perfect choice for the original blonde bombshell, with hair and skin tones to match the 50s icon. And thanks to a succession of 50s-style Girls Aloud videos, we know she would look great in the period outfits.

LEO DICAPRIO AND CLARK GABLE

THE former teen pin-up has matured well, thanks to taming his party-guy image and playing a succession of grown-up grown-up  
adj.
1. Of, characteristic of, or intended for adults: grown-up movies; a grown-up discussion.

2.
 roles. He has the looks to play the original Hollywood leading man template and is developing the stature to go with it

MICHAEL DOUGLAS AND LIBERACE

YOU could almost swear Liberace was Douglas' long-lost brother as he and Michael share the same nose and chin. Famed for his macho-man style, Michael will have to push himself for the role of the flamboyantly gay musician.

MELINDA MESSENGER AND JAYNE MANSFIELD

SHE'S got the big eyes, the massive pout and curvy figure, so Melinda Messenger would be a good bet to bring 50s heart-breaker Jayne Mansfield to life. Mansfield was one of the original hourglass figure pin-ups and Messenger could easily fill her shoes.

DAVID WALLIAMS AND RUDOLPH VALENTINO

THE Little Britain star has ambitions of serious acting. And going by these lookalike pictures, he could be a good shout for a portrayal of Italian sex symbol Rudolph Valentino, who was known as the Latin Lover during his career in 20s Hollywood.

DENZEL WASHINGTON AND SIDNEY POITIER

WASHINGTON has told before how he was inspired by his childhood hero Sidney Poitier and emulated his success by becoming only the second black actor to win a Best Actor Oscar for Training Day in 2002. Poitier won the title in 1963 for Lilies Of The Field lilies of the field

more splendidly attired than Solomon. [N.T.: Matthew 6:28–29; Luke 12:27–31]

See : Beauty
.

MADONNA AND BETTE DAVIS Davis, city (1990 pop. 46,209), Yolo co., central Calif.; settled in the 1850s, inc. 1917. It is an education center with light industry; machinery, processed foods, and computer equipment are produced. The extensive Univ.  

SHE famously name-checked Bette Davis in her song Vogue and imitated one of her poses for the video, but Madonna could go even further. She would be a great choice to play Davis whose life story would make a miniepic featuring sex and scandal.

MAGNUS SCHEVING AND DANNY KAYE

DANNY Kaye was one of the biggest musical stars of the 50s, and is best remembered for playing Hans Christian Andersen. His lookalike is probably the biggest star of children's TV, Icelandic actor Magnus Scheving, aka Sportacus, the hero of Lazy Town.

JOSH HARTNETT AND CHARLES BRONSON

THE hunky hun·ky 1  
n. pl. hun·kies Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a person, especially a laborer, from east-central Europe.
 teen star-turned-leading man has the steely eyes and facial structure to play the hardest man in cinema. And when you add in the wiry wir·y
adj.
1. Resembling wire in form or quality, especially in stiffness.

2. Sinewy and lean.

3. Filiform and hard. Used of a pulse.
 facial hair, often associated with Death Wish star Bronson, you could have a mini-me on your hands.

JEAN CHRISTOPHE NOVELLI AND AL PACINO

THE Frenchman is one of the best-known celebrity chefs and it would be worth giving him acting training for his incredible likeness to a younger Pacino as the 48-year-old cook is a dead ringer for the iconic actor.

SEAN n. 1. A seine. See Seine.  PENN AND ERROL FLYNN

BOTH these actors certainly share the smouldering good looks and reputation with the ladies, and both were lauded leading men of their day. Penn could be a great choice for a Flynn biopic bi·o·pic  
n.
A film or television biography, often with fictionalized episodes.


biopic
Noun

Informal a film based on the life of a famous person [bio(graphical) + pic(ture)]
, and when equipped with the moustache, they could be brothers.
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