This Is How Historical Figures Really Looked Like
- 10:18 pm March 7, 2018
Historical movies are a great business nowadays. The directors take every minute detail of the character they wish making a film on. However, many times, these historical figures and characters do not match the ones who are playing their roles. Let us have a look at a few of them.
XERXES 1 IN “300”
The fourth king of kings of the Achaemenid dynasty of Persia, Xerxes 300’s has a character that has not been clearly defined. Some say that he was an arrogant and conceited, ruler while others consider him a wise and experienced ruler. The movie has mixed both the characters and also has his look changed with a bald head while in his portrait you see a good amount of hair.
ALEXANDER III OF MACEDONIA IN ALEXANDER THE GREAT
Tell me you didn’t notice that the movie had a lot of historical inaccuracies which became a point of discussion for the critics. Not only that, Colin’s look could not match up to the expectations as Alexander’s portrait was very much different.
THE YOUNG SALVADOR DALI IN “LITTLE ASHES”
Robert Pattinson did his best to live up to the expectations of his fans and played the role of young Dali exceptionally well. However, the mustache didn’t match at all!
KING LEONIDAS I IN “300”
According to all the history books and research papers of the great historians, Leonidas was not that a great ruler and actually did nothing remarkable during the first 10 years of his reign. It was only at the Battle of Thermopylae that the king had shown all his strength and had fought heroically and died. But, as you see in the movie, Gerard Butler has played his role as a king who was very brave from the beginning.
EMPEROR COMMODUS IN “GLADIATOR”
Though Phoenix did a good work in the movie “Gladiator”, he actually didn’t look like the king’s historical prototype. Not only this, the movie has been subjected to a lot of criticism as a lot of historical inaccuracies were caught. One is that the real Commodus ruled Rome for almost 13 years, whilst in the movie he reigns ineffectively for about two years.
WILLIAM WALLACE IN “BRAVEHEART”
Though the movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five nominations, there were many historical inaccuracies. The character played by Gibson came under criticism as the real Sir William Wallace was a Scottish knight and came from a noble family unlike from the character of William played in the movie.
JOAN OF ARC IN “THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN ARC”
Though the appearance of the real Joan Arc does not at all match with the one played by Jovovich, her amazing acting deserved a salute. She actually lived the character.
KING ARTHUR IN “KING ARTHUR”
When news of this movie came up in the air, people were super excited. But then the look of King Arthur came up and we saw that the character played by Clive Owen was very much different from the real King Arthur’s real portrait. Many historical inaccuracies too disappointed people.
KING HENRY VIII IN “THE TUDORS”
Well! Though Jonathan did exceptionally a good work while playing the character of King Henry in “The Tudors”, his look didn’t match at all with the actual king who was double his size.
CLEOPATRA IN “ASTERIX AND OBELIX: MISSION CLEOPATRA”
What we take into consideration is that Cleopatra was darn beautiful, as she had won the heart of Roman dictator Julius Caesar and his successor Mark Antony. But history says that Cleopatra was short and unattractive. But then you see, exceptionally beautiful ladies like Vivien Leigh, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, and Monica Bellucci were thought to be suitable to portray her character.