History Lesson: Stars Who Played Historical Characters

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  • Morgan Freeman, Nelson Mandela
  • Don Cheadle
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Halle Berry
  • Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige
  • Madonna
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Benicio del Toro
  • Chadwick Boseman, Jackie Robinson
  • Salma Hayek
  • Will Smith
  • Denzel Washington

Zoe Saldana in Nina (2013)

Zoe Saldana's portrayal of Nina Simone kicked up a storm of controversy before even a single frame of the film was shot. The decision to cast the beautiful Domincan actress as Simone has been divisive, but Saldana will have a chance to prove her haters wrong when the film comes out later this year.

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