You Will Be Surprised By How These Historic Figures Really Looked Like

Movies have huge impact on how we perceive history. Of course, we don’t believe these TV characters look exactly the same as their historic counterparts, but we do believe that there may be some similarities – which, in reality, is not always the case.

Here are TV characters and what their historical figures really looked like:


Xerxes I in ’300′

Portrayed by Rodrigo Santoro

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From the looks to the wardrobe, everything is different.

Alexander III of Macedon (Alexander the Great) in ’Alexander’

Portrayed by Colin Farrell

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Aside from the difference in appearance, the film itself is full of historical inaccuracies.


The young Salvador Dali in ’Little Ashes’

Portrayed by Robert Pattinson

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Despite of not having any similarities (appearance-wise) to the young Salvador Dali, Robert Pattinson did an absolutely great job on portraying the character.


King Leonidas I in ’300′

Portrayed by Gerard Butler

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The movie depicts King Leonidas as a brave and noble leader, but history says otherwise. During his 10 years of reign, he really didn’t do anything remarkable, except for his heroic death at the battle of Thermopylae.


Emperor Commodus in ’Gladiator’

Portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix

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Aside from Joaquin Phoenix looking nothing like historic emperor, the movie is full of historic inaccuracies.


William Wallace in ’Braveheart’

Portrayed by Mel Gibson

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I can’t really tell the difference. Can you? But seriously though, despite the character in the movie being overtly different from THE William Wallace, the movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five nominations.


Joan of Arc in ’The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc’

Portrayed by Milla Jovovich

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Milla Jovovich was absolutely remarkable in the film. So, she deserves a pass for not looking like Joan of Arc. (And does she really have to?)


King Arthur in ’King Arthur’

Portrayed by Clive Owen

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The title character in this movie looks very different from the legendary British leader. Plus, according to critics, the movie itself is full of historical inaccuracies.


King Henry VIII in ‘The Tudors’

Portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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The TV character may weigh a few hundred pounds lighter than the historic figure; I believe it is so, because the show was set in Henry’s younger days before his accident. His injuries caused him to be less physically active – thus, leading to weight gain.


Cleopatra in ’Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra’

Portrayed by Monica Bellucci

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People say, “Vivien Leigh, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, and Monica Bellucci look nothing like Cleopatra.” But the truth is, Cleopatra look nothing like these women. Contrary to popular belief, history says otherwise – meaning: she wasn’t really THAT hot.

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