5 Performances That Got Real

It’s time to pay homage to those biopics that wowed us all.

This article is from Issue 60: Nov/Dec 2012

When Lincoln releases on November 16, Daniel Day-Lewis will don the top hat and beard of America’s most beloved president and join a proud line of actors who’ve taken a stab at recreating history. Performing as a real person is one of the more daunting challenges an actor can face, but as this list of stunning biographical performances shows, the results are often unforgettable.