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Greatest Modern Biopic Characters: 5 Roles That Live on Through the Big Screen

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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

Ashton Kutcher introduced a new side to the larger than life Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the 2013 movie simply named, “Jobs.” As Time magazine reported, the biopic concentrated largely on Jobs’ rise to power and not on his personal struggles against his cancer.

Despite a brilliant performance by Kutcher, the film did not do well in theaters. With a budget of $12 million, according to the Internet Movie Database, the film earned just over $16 million. Rotten Tomatoes scored it at 27 percent, perhaps because of how the movie showed Jobs in such a negative light after being considered to be such an innovative and likeable person.

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The story of Steve Jobs is not yet complete; yet another biopic about the inventor is due out in October 2015. The new movie will star Michael Fassbender from the new X-Men series, reports Mashable.

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle

Recently, Bradley Cooper took the role that may end up defining his career. In “American Sniper” he played Chris Kyle, the U.S. Navy sniper who is considered the most prolific sniper in U.S. history. It was certainly a controversial character. Even months after its theatrical release, the Washington Times reported that Eastern Michigan University recently had to cancel a showing of the movie when dozens of protesters disrupted the school’s viewing in April 2015.

Cooper made the public aware of and cultivated interest in the late sniper’s story. The Hollywood Reporter declared, “Bradley Cooper captures the sad, short life of the most prolific sniper in U.S. military history.” They went on to say that “American Sniper” presents Cooper in a way unlike any audiences have ever seen.

Denzel Washington as Malcom X

Film critic Roger Ebert said that “Malcom X” was one of the great biographies to hit the big screen. That is largely due to Denzel Washington, the man who portrayed Malcom Little, as he was named when he was born. The life that Malcom X lived could have made the Muslim minister into a completely different person than what he became.

Variety was not thrilled with the movie itself, saying that it was not as good as the book it originated from. Still, the magazine praised Washington’s performance, calling him forceful, magnetic, and multilayered. Malcom X will be one person that lives on in the minds of people for many years to come.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

A Gallup poll from 2011 placed President Lincoln as the second greatest U.S. president in history, behind only President Reagan. In the 2012 biopic “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, President Lincoln’s final few months in office, leading up to his assassination, are presented to audiences. Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film received a 90 percent on their critics’ Tomatometer, stating that Day-Lewis, “characteristically delivers in this witty, dignified portrait that immerses the audience in its world and entertains even as it informs.” Many people agreed. His role earned him the Oscar for Best Actor in the 85th annual award ceremony.

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Sean Penn as Harvey Milk
In the 81st Annual Academy Awards, Sean Penn, the same actor who played Jeff Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” received a Best Actor award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk in 2008’s “Milk”. While hardly the same type of movie, film critic Roger Ebert gave Penn praise for his work in both movies.

Despite not liking “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,”
he said that Penn, “is perfect as the pot-smoking space cadet who has been stoned since the third grade.” He gave similar praise for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in the U.S., saying that Penn amazes him. While there have been more openly gay politicians since Milk went public in 1977, it was his actions that helped make it possible for those that followed him.

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