Ever watched the 1996 slapstick science-fiction dark comedy film The Nutty Professor? Were you also surprised to learn that Eddie Murphy was the guy behind seven (yes, SEVEN) different roles in that movie? He practically acted out the entire Klump family all on his own, save for Ernie Klump.
Well, turns out, there are many actors and actresses who have taken on multiple roles in single movies, and, in many cases, without us even noticing it.
Bored Panda has compiled a list of some of the greatest actors who have assumed two or more roles in a single movie, which you can check out below. And while you’re down there, upvote the ones you like the most and let us know what other actors have taken on more or less drastically different roles in movies!
Eddie Murphy is known for being somewhat of a master of all trades when it comes to acting—besides Coming to America from 1988, he was also responsible for at least 2 roles in Bowfinger (1999), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), Norbit (2007), Meet Dave (2008), as well as the man behind a whopping 7 roles in The Nutty Professor (1996) and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000).
Also, Arsenio Hall is responsible for a number roles in Coming to America, including Semmi, Morris, and Reverend Brown.
Peter Sellers is another actor who’s behind multiple roles in multiple films. Besides Dr. Strangelove, he’s acted in at least three roles in The Mouse That Roared (1959), Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1974), and The Prisoner of Zenda (1979).
When it comes to Cloud Atlas, Tom Hanks is but one of many actors to take upon multiple roles I the film. Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jin Strurgess, Bae Doona, Ben Whishaw, and many others fill the shoes of at least 3 in-film characters. Sure, the movie is about the idea of how one soul can be drastically shaped as times passes, but you can’t but admire the amount of effort and creativity that has been put into this movie in general when it comes to casting.
This one’s a bit of an interesting entry in this list because it’s technically the same person both as an actor and a character, except that the character in the movie is said to have been diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities and a 24th is emerging. Only eight of them are acted out in the movie, and they truly show just how versatile McAvoy can really be if given a role. Or eight.