Director Quentin Tarantino has certainly assembled a recognizable cast for his acclaimed ninth film, “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood,” starring Hollywood heavyweights Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Dakota Fanning. But are they still recognizable when transformed into their real life counterparts?
From Robbie’s Sharon Tate to Mike Moh’s Bruce Lee, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” tasked its hair, makeup and wardrobe teams with capturing the essence of Hollywood icons, movie heroes world famous action and infamous criminals. Some (Robbie) required small tweaks, while others (Fanning) underwent larger changes to recreate the film‘s 1969 vibe.
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1:49 p.m. July 30, 2019A previous version of this article called actor Steve McQueen an Oscar winner. He was nominated for an Oscar but never won.
Here’s a look at the film’s key cast and their Hollywood lookalikes.
Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie
The platinum-blonde Australian actress was already a near-perfect look-alike when she landed the rare opportunity to portray Tate, whose family has protected her legacy since her murder in 1969. A center part in her hair, a turtleneck and a few go – go boots effectively completes Robbie’s transformation into the late actress.
James Stacy, played by Timothy Olyphant
A shaggy hairstyle and bushier eyebrows seem to be the only traits that separate late Western star Stacy from her on-screen counterpart Olyphant. The “Santa Clarita Diet” alum wears a tan leather jacket and wide-brimmed hat in the film to match Stacy’s cowboy look.
Jay Sebring, played by Emile Hirsch
Hirsch brings famed celebrity hairstylist Sebring to the screen with a gorged style and a simple button-up. At 35, the ‘Into the Wild’ star is also close to the age at which Sebring died in the Tate murders.
Bruce Lee, played by Mike Moh
Stuntman and martial artist Moh seems like an easy match for Hollywood action icon Lee. The “Empire” actor makes the most of his small role in the film, taking on Pitt’s Cliff Booth and helping Robbie’s Tate with his martial arts skills.
Steve McQueen, played by Damian Lewis
Lewis shares a few characteristics with the real “King of Cool”, including his signature blue eyes. McQueen was known for his Hollywood dream ship look and indifferent attitude.
Charles Manson, played by Damon Herriman
Australian actor Herriman’s transformation into one of the most infamous criminals of all time proved to be a bit more dramatic than that of some of his castmates. The “Justified” alum traded his cropped red hair, clean-shaven face and pearly teeth for Manson’s tousled brown mane, shaggy beard and gap-toothed smile. Herriman is also set to portray the cult leader in the second season of Netflix’s “Mindhunter.”
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, played by Dakota Fanning
Fanning’s turn as one of Manson’s young followers required a significant makeover. Along with coloring her bleached auburn blonde hair, her skin also sports a more dewy hue and additional freckles to mimic a sun-kissed redhead Fromme.
Tex Watson, played by Austin Butler
Another blonde bites the dust. Butler also ditched her golden locks to match “family” member Manson Watson’s nearly black hair. The real convicted murderer sported a choppy cut and thick eyebrows in the late 1960s.
‘Flower Girl’ (possibly Linda Kasabian), played by Maya Hawke
“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” features Hawke as “Flower Girl”, a potential reference to another of Manson’s followers. The “Stranger Things” escapist and daughter of longtime Tarantino collaborator Uma Thurman shares Kasabian’s short, light brown hair and freckled nose.
Katie (possibly Patricia Krenwinkel), played by Madisen Beaty
Beaty plays Katie, a possible alias for family member Manson Krenwinkel. Like Krenwinkel, the “Fosters” actress boasts light blue eyes and thick hair — though hers is a natural strawberry blonde, while Krenwinkel is a brunette.
Susan Atkins, played by Mikey Madison
Madison rounds out portrayals of convicted murderers as Sadie, aka Atkins. The “Better Things” actress is a close match to Atkins, with dark brown eyes and long hair.