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The Mind-Bending Facts About Famous Historical Figures

Most of us obsess over historical figures and the actors who portray them through their extraordinary performances.

However, we have no idea about how they were in real life.

We agree that it is very difficult to achieve 100% accuracy while displaying a historical figure through a real-life person. Because even a minor difference can change the whole appearance. Despite this fact, directors of the movies were really appreciated for how they molded actors into historical figures.

Take a look:

#1. Xerxes I in ’300′

The historical figure of the Persian king Xerxes I is portrayed by the actor Rodrigo Santoro. It is believed that the personality of this historical portrait was quite debatable. This is because of the uncertainty in his nature which was stated by the historians. Some said he was an experienced and wise warrior, whereas, the others said he was arrogant and narrow-minded. In the movie, director decided to portray both of his natures to add more curiosity for the viewers. Not to mention, his wardrobe in the movie was really eye-catching.

#2. Alexander III Of Macedon (Alexander The Great) In ’Alexander’

Colin Farrell has portrayed the historical figure of Alexander III. However, critics were seemed to be not very happy with this portrayal and the movie. This is because there were many historical imprecisions, which left the viewers a little frustrated. Moreover, the appearance of Colin was quite different than the real historical figure, wasn’t it?

#3. The Young Salvador Dali In ’Little Ashes’

We admit that Robert Pattinson’s appearance looks quite different in reality, but he did his best in portraying the image of the eccentric and brilliant artist, the young Dali.

#4. King Leonidas I in ’300′

King of Sparta Leonidas I, portrayed by Gerard Butler, was said to get famous because of his heroic death at the battle of Thermopylae. Other than that, there was nothing quite extraordinary he did in 10 years of his kingdom, as stated by historians. Hence the critics of the movie were against the brave and epic character of the king, which was not so true in real.

#5. Emperor Commodus In ’Gladiator’


The historical prototype of Emperor Commodus was completely different from the actor Joaquin Phoenix, who portrayed this figure. Not only this, the movie presented some incorrect details about the biography of Roman statesman. In reality, Commodus was the ruler of Rome for around 13 years, whereas, the movie portrayed his kingdom for only 2 years.

#6. William Wallace In ’Braveheart’

‘Braveheart’ was an award winning movie, which won five out of ten Academy Award nominations. Still, critics found some

impreciseness regarding the personality of William Wallace. The real William Wallace was a knight who came from a noble Scottish family, unlike Gibson’s character in the movie. Moreover, the two personalities doesn’t look alike.

#7. Joan Of Arc In ’The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc’

Again, there were many controversies regarding Joan’s appearance in the movie. Still, Milla Jovovich did extraordinary performance in this movie.

#8. King Arthur In ’King Arthur’

The movie ‘King Arthur’ made huge fan following, but the characters of the real legendary British leader and that portrayed in the movie by Clive Owen was still debatable. Like many other movies, this movie has also portrayed some inaccurate historical facts.

#9. King Henry VIII In ‘The Tudors’

The first thing critics noticed in the movie ‘The Tudors’ was that, King Henry VIII of England was quite bigger than the portraying actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

#10. Cleopatra In ’Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra’

Cleopatra successfully gained affection from Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, the Roman dictators. Hence, it is believed that the last pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt was born very beautiful. Whereas, the real Cleopatra was not that charming and pretty. On the contrary, the portrayal of this character was done by beautiful actresses Sophia Loren, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, and Monica Bellucci.

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