Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland, and 11 other actors who looked exactly like their real-life counterparts

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Hollywood loves to cast illustrious stars as famous historical figures, even though it doesn’t always care if the former necessarily resembles the latter (see, for instance, 2015’s Steve Jobs, in which Michael Fassbender doesn’t look much like the Apple visionary). That’s most definitely not the case with the upcoming biopic Judy, in which Renée Zellweger will step into the legendary shoes of Judy Garland — a role that, as proven by today’s first photo from the production, will benefit from the fact that Zellweger is nearly indistinguishable from the cinematic icon. Inspired by that stunning snapshot’s debut, we’ve compiled a rundown of the finest instances of actors becoming the spitting image of their real-life artist and politician characters.

<p>Sporting a black off-the-shoulder flower dress and short haircut with a microphone in hand, Renée Zellweger definitely looks the part as Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic <em>Judy</em>. (Photo: Judy Garland Film via Twitter/Getty Images) </p>
Renée Zellweger and Judy Garland

Sporting a black off-the-shoulder flower dress and short haircut with a microphone in hand, Renée Zellweger definitely looks the part as Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic Judy. (Photo: Judy Garland Film via Twitter/Getty Images)

<p>Philip Seymour Hoffman’s lone Oscar win was for his critically acclaimed — and physically spot-on — portrayal of <em>In Cold Blood</em> author Truman Capote in 2005’s <em>Capote</em>. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images) </p>
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Truman Capote

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s lone Oscar win was for his critically acclaimed — and physically spot-on — portrayal of In Cold Blood author Truman Capote in 2005’s Capote. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images)

<p>In arguably his most unforgettable role, Ben Kingsley won one of <i>Gandhi</i>’s eight Oscars for his portrayal of the nonviolent Indian revolutionary. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett/Getty Images) </p>
Ben Kingsley and Gandhi

In arguably his most unforgettable role, Ben Kingsley won one of Gandhi’s eight Oscars for his portrayal of the nonviolent Indian revolutionary. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett/Getty Images)

<p>A case of one music superstar portraying another, Jennifer Lopez proved the ideal actress — both in terms of looks and performance — for the lead role in <i>Selena</i>, the 1997 biopic about late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images) </p>
Jennifer Lopez and Selena

A case of one music superstar portraying another, Jennifer Lopez proved the ideal actress — both in terms of looks and performance — for the lead role in Selena, the 1997 biopic about late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images)

<p>Jamie Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for his turn as R&B luminary Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford’s 2004 biopic — a performance aided by his uncanny resemblance to the musician. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images) </p>
Jamie Foxx and Ray Charles

Jamie Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for his turn as R&B luminary Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford’s 2004 biopic — a performance aided by his uncanny resemblance to the musician. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images)

<p>Few historical figures are as immediately identifiable as Abraham Lincoln, and Daniel Day-Lewis strikingly embodied the assassinated American president (a role that earned him a Best Actor Oscar) in Steven Spielberg’s stellar 2012 <i>Lincoln</i>. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images) </p>
Daniel Day-Lewis and Abraham Lincoln

Few historical figures are as immediately identifiable as Abraham Lincoln, and Daniel Day-Lewis strikingly embodied the assassinated American president (a role that earned him a Best Actor Oscar) in Steven Spielberg’s stellar 2012 Lincoln. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images)

<p>Marion Cotillard skyrocketed to international stardom (and a Best Actress Oscar) for her lifelike portrayal of French singer Edith Piaf in 2007’s <i>La Vie en Rose</i>.<br><br>(Photo: Courtesy of Everett/Getty Images) </p>
Marion Cotillard and Edith Piaf

Marion Cotillard skyrocketed to international stardom (and a Best Actress Oscar) for her lifelike portrayal of French singer Edith Piaf in 2007’s La Vie en Rose.

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<p>To play the late comedian (and <i>Taxi</i> star) Andy Kaufman, Jim Carrey refused to break character while making Milos Foreman’s 1999 <i>Man on the Moon</i> — a level of commitment that extended to his physical transformation. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images) </p>
Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman

To play the late comedian (and Taxi star) Andy Kaufman, Jim Carrey refused to break character while making Milos Foreman’s 1999 Man on the Moon — a level of commitment that extended to his physical transformation. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images)

<p>The spiky hair, the leather jacket, and the signature snarl — Gary Oldman was the mirror image of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious in Alex Cox’s grungy 1986 drama <i>Sid and Nancy</i>. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images) </p>
Gary Oldman and Sid Vicious

The spiky hair, the leather jacket, and the signature snarl — Gary Oldman was the mirror image of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious in Alex Cox’s grungy 1986 drama Sid and Nancy. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images)

<p>Meryl Streep has spent her entire career masterfully transforming into others, including in 2011’s <i>The Iron Lady</i>, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images) </p>
Meryl Streep and Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep has spent her entire career masterfully transforming into others, including in 2011’s The Iron Lady, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images)

<p>Wearing the late civil rights leader’s trademark glasses, Denzel Washington struck a fiery pose (and earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination) as Malcolm X in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images) </p>
Denzel Washington and Malcolm X

Wearing the late civil rights leader’s trademark glasses, Denzel Washington struck a fiery pose (and earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination) as Malcolm X in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images)

<p>Val Kilmer both looked and sounded like Jim Morrison, “the Lizard King,” in Oliver Stone’s 1991 film about his unforgettable rock ’n’ roll band, <i>The Doors</i>. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images) </p>
Val Kilmer and Jim Morrison

Val Kilmer both looked and sounded like Jim Morrison, “the Lizard King,” in Oliver Stone’s 1991 film about his unforgettable rock ’n’ roll band, The Doors. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection/Getty Images)

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