12+ Stars Who Left Us Speechless by Playing the Opposite Gender

Movies
10 months ago

The magic of movies is in their ability to create a believable world out of the imaginary. To deliver a captivating performance, actors must master every detail of their character, from their physical appearance through makeup and prosthetics to their vocal inflections and body language. A handful of talented actors have even gone above and beyond by taking on the difficult task of portraying characters of a different gender, and some of them were able to accomplish a jaw-dropping performance.

1. Angelina Jolie in Salt

2. Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future Part II

3. Tilda Swinton in Suspiria

Marechal Aurore / ABACA / Abaca / East News, © Suspiria / Frenesy Film Company and co-producers

4. Meryl Streep in Angels in America

Kristin Callahan / Everett Collection / East News, © Angels in America / Avenue Pictures and co-producers

5. Mariah Carey in Obsessed

6. Martin Lawrence in Big Momma’s House

Serge Arnal / Starface / STARFACE PHOTO / East News, © Big Momma's House / Twentieth Century Fox and co-producers

7. John Travolta in Hairspray

Vandeville Eric / ABACA / Abaca / East News, © Hairspray / New Line Cinema and co-producers
Mary Evans / AF Archive / Graham Whitby Boot. / East News, © To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! / Universal Pictures and co-producers

9. Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent

Sthanlee Mirador / Sipa USA / East News, © Transparent / Amazon Studios and co-producer

10. Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare In Love

11. Hugo Weaving in Cloud Atlas

12. Cillian Murphy in Breakfast On Pluto

13. Amanda Bynes in She’s the Man

Mary Evans / Allstar / Graham Whitby Boot. / East News, © She's the Man / Dreamworks Pictures and co-producers

Some actors excel in roles that are very far from who they are. And these talented stars were given characters who were too young or too old for them, and they portrayed them in a perfect way.

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