screenrant.com 10 Actors Who Deserve Biopics, According To Reddit
Real people can be one of the biggest inspirations for Hollywood films, as is evident by the amount of highly praised biopics of recent years. And who better for Hollywood to make movies about than movie stars themselves?
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From Chaplin to Blonde to the upcoming Weird Al Yankovic film, filmmakers have enjoyed telling the stories of stars who have made an impact on or off the screen. A recent discussion has had film fans on Reddit naming their picks for which actors should get their own biopic.
The Crocodile Hunter himself, Steve Irwin was more of a TV personality than an actor, but that hasn't stopped Reddit user grimpickings from naming Eric Bana as their choice to play the conservationist. Irwin spent his life teaching fans about the wonders of nature and the animal kingdom, and inspired generations of fans to truly appreciate the world around them.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
He also developed multiple television shows, started several charities and wildlife rescues to protect animals, and ran his own zoo with the help of his equally adored family. Irwin's adventures around the world, larger-than-life personality, and the lasting legacy he has left behind makes him a popular choice for a biopic, as evidenced by the discussion on Reddit.
Another childhood hero to many, user ballaballabillz feels Jim Henson "all the talent and creativity of Walt Disney and the warm and kind heart of Fred Rodgers," which would make him a fascinating subject for a biopic. Henson pioneered the use of puppetry in television and film, as well as giving the world such beloved classics as Sesame Street and the immortal Muppets.
Many of Jim Henson's most iconic characters were puppeteered and voiced by the man himself. Henson's contributions to the world of film went far beyond the Muppets, however, with his expertise being essential to creating other iconic film worlds such as Star Wars. While a film about Henson may not be as conventional a choice as other actors, his beloved characters and contributions to cinema make him a popular choice for his own biopic.
Audrey Hepburn is arguably one of the most iconic and beloved actresses of all time. Her work on films like My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, and Breakfast At Tiffany's has put her among the greatest Hollywood stars of the era. Reddit user Saarfranke says that "we need a biopic about Audrey Hepburn." The user puts forward Rooney Mara for the role, but Emily In Paris' Lily Collins is another popular choice for the leading role.
Even outside of her status as a film legend and fashion icon, Hepburn led a life more than deserving of its own adaptation. Hepburn was a highly involved humanitarian, working around the world with UNICEF for most of her career. TIME details how she even aided the Dutch Resistance against the Nazis in World War II. Fans hoping for a Hepburn biopic may be in luck, as Variety reports Rooney Mara is set to play the movie star in an upcoming film.
Buster Keaton was one of the biggest stars of the silent era, and his films are considered some of the greatest movies of the 1920s. Keaton made a name for himself with his incredible stunt work and deadpan expression. Behind his landmark comedies, however, Keaton led a troubled life, and some fans have voiced their wish to see the man behind the great stone face. Redditor maistermaniac says, "Cillian Murphy in a Buster Keaton biopic would provide a gem to the world."
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Keaton's struggles with injury and addiction followed by his determined rise back to fame and adoration would provide the perfect story for a biopic, giving fans a character study of the beloved comedian as well as an inspirational tale.
The storied life of Christopher Lee may be too much to fit into only one movie. Fans all over the internet have been begging for Lee's life story ever since some of his past was revealed in interviews for Lord of the Rings. Lee is one the most prolific actors to have ever lived, starring in franchises from Dracula to Star Wars. Off the screen, however, Lee's life was almost too incredible to believe.
As a young man, Lee personally witnessed France use the guillotine for the final time, volunteered in Finland during World War II, and served with British Intelligence throughout the war. Lee starred in 126 movies during his career, started a heavy metal band, had a Billboard top 20 hit at the age of 91, and received awards from lifetime achievements to knighthoods. Treystar679X puts it perfectly, "Christopher Lee is forever awesome."
Walt Disney is another figure who is not necessarily remembered as an actor, but nevertheless Mr_Incredible_PhD "would love to see Walt's story finally made into a motion picture," and Disney's role as the original voice of Mickey Mouse through the first few decades of Disney qualifies as an actor.
It would be hard to find someone today who is not familiar with Disney and his work, with many Disney films being considered some of the best animated films ever made. Along with his partner Ub Iwerks, Disney turned a small studio into the biggest entertainment company on the planet, and along the way managed to completely reinvent the animation industry. Deadline reports that Universal is working on a Disney biopic, so fans may get their wish in the near future.
One of the most popular choices, Robin Williams was one of the most beloved actors of his generation. A legendary comedian and improviser, Robin Williams' funniest characters included the Genie in Aladdin as well as the titular character in Mrs. Doubtfire. He also showed that he could be serious as well, taking on more serious roles in Good Will Hunting and Dead Poet's Society.
With his incredible knack for improvisation, lovable personality, and unbridled enthusiasm, Williams endeared himself to fans all over the world, as is clear by many still hoping to see his life story told on screen. User Gamefreak013_PS4 says a Williams biopic "would be an amazing film." Unfortunately, Williams was also a very troubled man, facing depression and health issues during his career. While Williams' story is a sad one, many fans still wish to see the life of a man who just wanted to make people laugh.
One of the biggest stars and most well-known figures of her era much has already been said about Grace Kelly. There have even been a few adaptations of her life story that have made it to the big screen, but her enduring legacy means that a discussion led by a deleted user is still pining for more about the movie star turned real-life princess, with Margot Robbie in the leading role. Achieving not one but two of many people's childhood dreams in her lifetime, Kelly was an icon in just about every way possible.
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From performances in legendary films like High Noon and Rear Window to years of philanthropy in her work as Princess of Monaco, Kelly's story is one that has earned the right to be told again and again. It is a testament to her legacy that fans are still wishing to see her on the big screen.
Jayne Mansfield was one of the most controversial stars of her time, but that didn't stop her from becoming one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1950s. An actress and model known just as much for her legendary figure as her films, Mansfield captured attention both on-screen and off throughout her tragically short life.
Mansfield in many ways was considered a rival to the legendary Marilyn Monroe during her scandalous yet successful career. Unfortunately, Mansfield has received far less attention in the years since, and now that Monroe is to be featured in another biopic, Blonde, many fans are calling for Mansfield to be given the same treatment. Ymir_from_Venus has suggested Margot Robbie for the role of Mansfield.
The late great Sidney Poitier is a cinema legend. The first black actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award, Poitier spent his career breaking down racial barriers in Hollywood and proving himself one of the finest actors of the generation. User mranimal2 is "surprised they haven't made a Sidney Poitier biopic," and many agree.
In addition to his film accolades, Poitier was honored with a knighthood, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and even served as Bahamian ambassador to Japan. Poiter's life was more than deserving of an adaptation, and fans want to see the story of the man who paved the way for so many others to follow.
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