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25 Side-by-Side Photos of Real People and the Celebrities Who Played Them On-Screen

Emma Stone or Billie Jean King? (We can't tell either.)
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Some of these doppelgängers are scary accurate and others you're just like, "Are these supposed to be the same person?" Either way, imagine being cool enough to have a movie made about you.

EMMA STONE AND BILLIE JEAN KING

Stone portrays legendary tennis star Billie Jean King in the upcoming movie Battle of the Sexes. "Playing Billie Jean was a bit of a game changer," she tells Marie Claire. She also gained 15 pounds of muscle for the role. Fifteen. Pounds.

WILL SMITH AND MUHAMMAD ALI

Will Smith in his prime. Smith played Muhammad Ali in the 2001 film—wait for it—Ali.

SELMA BLAIR AND KRIS JENNER

Blair played Jenner as her pre-Keeping Up with the Kardashians self in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

JAMES FRANCO AND ARON RALSTON

Franco played daredevil Aron Ralston in the 2010 thriller 127 Hours, which tells the story of how Ralston was trapped in a canyon after a boulder fell on his arm.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE AND JOY MANGANO

They could be related, right? On the right is Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop, whose story is featured in the 2015 film Joy.

NATALIE PORTMAN AND JACKIE KENNEDY

Portman played Jackie in the 2016 film of the same name, which recounts Jackie's life after her husband's assassination.

SANDRA BULLOCK AND LEIGH ANNE TUOHY

Michael Oher, the homeless teen and star of the 2009 film The Blind Side, admits the movie has negatively affected his football career. On the other hand, Bullock totally nails the role of his real-life adoptive mother Leigh Anne Tuohy.

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN

We're really not sure if Abraham Lincoln was actually raised from the dead for this film, but Daniel Day-Lewis doubles as the former president in the 2012 drama Lincoln.

HELEN MIRREN AND QUEEN ELIZABETH II

None other than Dame Helen Mirren played Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 drama The Queen.

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HELEN MIRREN AND QUEEN ELIZABETH II

But did she like how she was portrayed? *sips tea*

TARAJI P. HENSON AND KATHERINE JOHNSON

Taraji P. Henson played the iconic yet often forgotten NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in the 2017 film Hidden Figures.

OCTAVIA SPENCER AND DOROTHY VAUGHN

Dorothy Vaughn was NASA's first African-American manager. Vaughn is one of the three main women in the 2017 film Hidden Figures, in which she was played by award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

JANELLE MONÁE AND MARY JACKSON

Jackson's the third women in Hidden Figures known for her impeccable engineering skills at NASA. Monáe says she was "honored" to play the role of Jackson.

CHARLIZE THERON AND AILEEN WUORNOS

Theron plays serial killer prostitute Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 biographical drama film Monster. Wuornos was executed in Florida in 2002 after killing six men.

ASHTON KUTCHER AND STEVE JOBS

Kutcher is the ultimate doppelgänger portraying former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the 2013 film Jobs.

DEV PATEL AND SAROO BRIERLEY

Based on a true story, Lion details the life of five-year-old boy Saroo Brierley, who falls asleep on a train and loses his family. Patel plays Brierley and even met him IRL.

JULIA ROBERTS AND ELIZABETH GILBERT

Julia Roberts plays Gilbert in the 2010 film Eat Pray Love, based on Gilbert's best-selling novel.

JESSE EISENBERG AND MARK ZUCKERBERG

Eisenberg portrayed the onscreen version of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, and Zuckerberg was totally not happy about how it turned out.

WILL SMITH AND CHRIS GARDNER

We're not crying, you're crying. Will Smith played real-life single father Chris Gardner, whom Smith mirrored in 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith's real son Jaden Smith played Gardner's son in the movie.

MARK WAHLBERG AND VINCE PAPALE

Wahlberg plays Eagles football player Vince Papale in the 2006 film Invincible.

BRIE LARSON AND JEANNETTE WALLS

Released just last month, Glass Castle stars Brie Larson as Jeannette Walls. The movie is based on Walls' memoir about her tumultuous childhood struggling with poverty and an alcoholic father.

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KERRY WASHINGTON AND JUDY SMITH

Judy Smith is the real-life Olivia Pope, whom Washington plays on ABC's Scandal.

NAOMI WATTS AND PRINCESS DIANA

Watts played Princess Diana in the 2013 film Diana, and she totally nailed the look.

REESE WITHERSPOON AND CHERYL STRAYED

Witherspoon played author Cheryl Strayed in the 2014 movie Wild. The film recounts Strayed's journey of self-discovery while hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail, and is based on Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

LEO DICAPRIO AND JORDAN BELFORT

Dicaprio played real-life Wall Street mogul Jordan Belfort in the 2013 film Wolf of Wall Street. Same crimes, different looks.

JAMIE FOXX AND RAY CHARLES

Foxx played iconic musician Ray Charles in the 2004 film Ray. Do you think Katie Holmes has seen it?

FromMarie Claire US

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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