Who Played It Best?

Emily Blunt as Princess Di or Naomi Watts as Princess Di? Ahlan! asks the big question – which celebs won the war in this and many other iconic character battles?
Tuesday , 24 July 2012
Princess Diana: Emily Blunt vs Naomi Watts
Princess Diana: Emily Blunt vs Naomi Watts
Marilyn Monroe: Uma Thurman vs Michelle Williams
Marilyn Monroe: Uma Thurman vs Michelle Williams
Snow White: Kristen Stewart vs Lily Collins
Snow White: Kristen Stewart vs Lily Collins
Catwoman: Anne Hathaway vs Michelle Pfeiffer
Catwoman: Anne Hathaway vs Michelle Pfeiffer
Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr vs Benedict Cumberbatch
Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr vs Benedict Cumberbatch
Elizabeth Taylor: Lindsay Lohan vs Sherilyn Fenn
Elizabeth Taylor: Lindsay Lohan vs Sherilyn Fenn
Elizabeth I: Cate Blanchett vs Dame Judi Dench
Elizabeth I: Cate Blanchett vs Dame Judi Dench
Jackie Kennedy Onassis: 
Katie Holmes vs Jeanne Tripplehorn
Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Katie Holmes vs Jeanne Tripplehorn

Princess Diana
Emily Blunt vs Naomi Watts
Diamond tiara, perfect smile and blue-eyed gaze? Check! The Ahlan! team is obsessed with all the new pap shots of Naomi’s take on the people’s princess as she films Diana, but we’re locked in a heated battle about whether the actress lives up to effortlessly elegant Di. Then there’s Emily. The redhead wore a Di costume at an alternative superpowers party during the flick The Five-Year Engagement, telling Jason Segel’s character that “Diana needs no superpowers”. Frankly we prefer Watt’s power.

Marilyn Monroe
Uma Thurman vs Michelle Williams
New-mum Uma brought the Fifties bombshell back to life on hit US show Smash, courtesy of a blonde wig, furry boa and sparkly frock. Michelle was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the siren in My Week With Marilyn, which was a gritty look at one of the low points in the star’s life. Uma may have wowed us with her vocals and her coquettish take on Happy Birthday, but petite Michelle’s transformation into a voluptuous Marilyn is one the star herself would’ve been impressed with – va-va-voom!

Snow White
Kristen Stewart vs Lily Collins
These two leading ladies apparently rowed over going head-to-head at the box office, having played the same virtuous character in two movies released only months apart. Lily, who starred in Mirror, Mirror, denied the rift, saying, “We’ve laughed about the fact that people think we’re rivals because to us they’re so different.” Lily’s Snow White was angelic and comedic, while Kristen’s Snow White and the Huntsman character was a hard-nosed heroine ready for battle.

Catwoman
Anne Hathaway vs Michelle Pfeiffer
We’ve not seen Anne’s take on the foxy feline in The Dark Knight Rises yet, as it’s not released in the UAE until next month, but we reckon it’ll take a lot to beat Michelle Pfeiffer’s version in the 1992 hit Batman Returns. Even Michelle’s pal and colleague, director Tim Burton thinks no one can touch her take on the character. “There’s something derogatory about the comparison,” he said, when asked about her’s compared to Anne’s. Meow – cat-fight!

Sherlock Holmes
Robert Downey Jr vs Benedict Cumberbatch
We love that Benedict’s Sherlock turns the idea of the heroic London detective on its head in the BBC show – cranky, completely eccentric and with almost zero social skills – but we can’t deny that staring at Robert on the big screen for 128 minutes wasn’t enough – thank goodness for the sequel, Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows! Benedict’s small-screen version might be a genius, but Rob gets our vote for his cheeky, gun-toting, fist-fighting Sherlock who’s very easy on the eye.

Elizabeth Taylor
Lindsay Lohan vs Sherilyn Fenn
Playing Liz seems to be fraught with controversy! Although LiLo hopes her role in Liz & Dick will make us forget all of her recent dramas, the film’s producers are apparently “worried sick” about her commitment and abilities. Sherilyn also played Liz in a Nineties biopic, and despite describing it as a “horrible shoot” (during which she lost a lot of weight and was “really sick”), she got the notoriously difficult-to-please Ms Taylor’s approval for her portrayal. We’d like to see LiLo back on top of her game, but we’re unconvinced she can top Sherilyn.

Elizabeth I
Cate Blanchett vs Dame Judi Dench
FYI, 1998 is the only year in which two performers were nominated for Oscars for playing the same character in different films. Judi was nominated for (and won) playing the British Monarch in Shakespeare in Love, while Cate was nominated for Elizabeth I. Even though Judi’s got the current Queen’s respect in real life, being appointed a Dame, Aussie Cate went on to play Liz again in 2007’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age, cementing her in our eyes as the ultimate Elizabeth I.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Katie Holmes vs Jeanne Tripplehorn
Newly single (and newly stylish) Katie played the iconic First Lady in the 2011 miniseries The Kennedys, while Jeanne swapped her frumpy Big Love costumes for Jackie’s classically chic suits and shift dresses in the cult doco Grey Gardens. The Kennedys almost didn’t make it on air, due to concerns about its historical accuracy (apparently leaving Katie “shocked and disappointed”), while Jeanne was nominated for an Emmy for her role.

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