I have long been fascinated at the way real people (not necessarily famous) are depicted in the movies. Sometimes the casting is uncannily accurate in terms of physicality, sometimes the impersonation can be done with just a gesture or a voice. When I heard that Geoffrey Rush was to play Peter Sellers in a biopic I couldn't see anyway it would work but it did and Rush, fine actor that he is, managed to bring Sellers back to life. When Joaquin Phoenix was cast as Johnny Cash I thought it was a wonderful choice but despite the rave reviews I never felt that he was able to capture the essence of Cash, unlike Jamie Foxx who was quite amazing as Ray Charles. Of course, I appreciate that a lot depends on how we personally see the person being depicted on the screen. In this occasional series I'm going to show some photographs of real people who have been depicted on the screen alongside pictures of the people who have portrayed them. First off the starting block is chanteuse Ruth Etting and her mobster husband, Marty Snyder.
Etting and Snyder had the story of their turbulent relationship told in the excellent 1956 musical drama LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME which featured powerful performinces by Doris Day and James Cagney as the couple.
Accurate ? I leave you to decide.