As an actor, playing multiple roles in the same film can be very challenging. Not only do you have to portray a portmanteau of emotions, but also reference yourself in the scenes together. Technology has played a crucial part in making this happen. Use of CGI and other techniques has made it feasible for actors to attempt these roles. With the challenges that come with dual roles, also comes points of glorifying highs for actors to showcase their range. Over the years dual roles have been used as essential parts of the story to create and sustain suspense. Many great thespians have tried and failed, but some have come out with flying colors. The following list documents best performances by actors in multiple roles in the same film.
10. Isabelle Adjani (‘Possession’)
‘Possesion’, a 1981 horror-drama flick, was directed by Andrzej Zulawski. The plot obliquely follows the relationship between an international spy and his wife, who begins exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking him for a divorce. Isabelle’s harrowing documentation of the Anna’s state of mind is in no way less the way she captures Helen’s naïvety and sensitivity. Adjani received critical acclaim and plaudits for her dual role, winning awards at the Cannes and the Caesar Award. The film has since developed cult following.
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9. Margaret Hamilton (‘The Wizard of Oz’)
The iconic ‘The Wizard of Oz’ had Hamilton create one of the screen’s most famous villains. But not only did she animate The Wicked Witch of the West, but also brought to life the kind and hearty character of Almira Gulch. In 1939, this concept of dual roles was widely obscure, and was therefore much-lauded. Even though Hamilton’s characters had little screen time, the significance of modern-day film-making and o the film itself was unparalleled.