The biopic is one of Hollywood’s oldest genres, going back to early-20th century movies about historical figures like Beethoven, Cleopatra, and General Custer. As time went on, biopics began to tackle more recent subjects, sometimes being based on events that happened only a few years prior to the release of the film.
In fact, there are even a few unique cases where people had the opportunity to just go ahead and play themselves in movies based on their lives, such as Howard Stern (Private Parts), Muhammad Ali (The Greatest), and Audie Murphy (To Hell and Back).
Not surprisingly, as actors started playing real life people that were still around and could weigh in on how they …
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