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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Are there any celebrities or historical personages that no actor could or should portray onscreen?

It seems that French screen legend Brigitte Bardot thinks no could possibly stand in for her in a film about her life. Via the French news agency AFP:

French screen siren Brigitte Bardot warned Thursday she would not authorise Hollywood film makers to shoot a movie about her life, arguing that no other actress could capture her personality.

“There is no one who can do it,” said Bardot, 76, a 1950s and 1960s sex symbol and star of “And God Created Women” who retired from acting in the 1970s and became an animal rights activist.

“They have their own personality, but they don’t have mine,” she said on French radio station Europe 1.

Bardot is upset over the reports that filmmaker Kyle Newman (Fanboys) is planning a biopic — without Bardot’s involvement — to star his wife, actress and model Jaime King.
It’s one thing for Bardot to fume over an unauthorized biopic, which seems reasonable, even if she’s unlikely to have any legal standing to stop it. But it’s another thing entirely to suggest that no one could possibly portray her onscreen. It raises an interesting question, though, aside from Bardot’s own egotism:

Are there any celebrities or historical personages that no actor could or should portray onscreen?

I can’t think of one. And I am thinking of the fascinating film I’m Not There, which presents multiple “versions” of Bob Dylan, played by a wide variety of actors, including a woman and a child. It’s an audacious project, but it works.

What do you think?

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