It’s a unique challenge in the realm of filmmaking: telling the real-life story of an actual human being (albeit dramatized), and finding an actor who can manage to slip into another person’s skin for the duration. While that usually means turning to the most gifted and chameleon-like actors and actresses, that in itself poses a problem.

Since audiences would, by default, have a harder time pretending leading men and women aren’t merely playing a part, there’s really only one solution: transform themselves from their normal body and mind into that of the character they’re playing.

The results have ranged from awe-inspiring to off-putting, but with the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, simply titled Jobs, we’re taking a look back on the biopic transformations that stick in our memory like no others.

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