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5 Best Portrayals Of Athletes By Hollywood Actors On Screen

A number of Hollywood actors have portrayed prominent athletes in various films. And just like real sportsmen, actors also need considerable training and talent to portray an athlete.

With the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics fast approaching, it’s obviously not a bad time to look back at the actors who have portrayed athletes in Hollywood films. Many actors deserve shout-outs for their skills showcased in sports and sports movies. Scroll down to find about five of these actors.


Will Smith and Margot Robbie Among Actors With Best Athlete Portrayals in Hollywood

1) Will Smith as Muhammad Ali in Ali

Will Smith as Muhammad Ali (Images via Everett Collection & Britannica)
Will Smith as Muhammad Ali (Images via Everett Collection & Britannica)

Will Smith played Muhammad Ali, arguably the greatest boxer of all time, in the 2001 film Ali. The story follows Muhammad Ali’s life, achievements and controversies from 1964 to 1974.

The film, which Michael Mann directed, received worldwide acclaim and earned Smith an Academy Award nomination as well as a Golden Globe Award.


2) Emma Stone as Billie Jean King in Battle of the sexes

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King (Images via 20th Century Fox and Dreamstime.com)
Emma Stone as Billie Jean King (Images via 20th Century Fox and Dreamstime.com)

Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone portrayed Billie Jean King in Battle of the sexes (2017). The film’s plot revolves around the 1973 tennis match that Billie won against Bobby Riggs.

For her role in the film directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, Stone was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Satellite Award and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award.


3) Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz in foxcatcher

Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz (Images via Sony Pictures and AP)
Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz (Images via Sony Pictures & AP)

In the 2014 movie foxcatcher, Channing Tatum played Olympic gold medalist wrestler Mark Schultz. The film tells the dark story of the tragic relationship between multi-millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and two champion wrestling brothers, Mark and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo).

Tatum won an International Cinephile Society Award for his portrayal of Mark and was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards.


4) Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in Me Tonya

Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding (Images via Neon & AP)
Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding (Images via Neon & AP)

In Craig Gillespie’s 2017 film Me Tonya Margot Robbie played the eminent figure skater Tonya Harding. The film features the story of Harding, who rises through the ranks of the United States Figure Skating Championships, but whose future is thrown into doubt when her estranged husband intervenes.

With his portrayal of Harding, Robbie earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award nomination, among others.


5) Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards in Eddie the eagle

Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards (Images via 20th Century Fox and Getty Images)
Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards (Images via 20th Century Fox & Getty Images)

Taron Egerton starred as Michael Edwards in the 2015 biopic titled Eddie the Eagle, which focused on the world famous ski jumper’s journey to Olympic fame.

Although the film was underrated, Egerton earned a Teen Choice Award nomination for his portrayal of Edwards and was praised by Eddie the Eagle himself.

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