Actors play multiple roles in the same movie because the script demands it, or for budget reasons. Either way, the people paying for the film may be getting two– or seven–for the price of one. When more than one actor plays multiple roles, it’s sometimes known as an “Ironman” cast. Usually, the actors chosen for these roles are up to the challenge. That’s evident in these 10 actors who played multiple roles in the same film.
In the 1998 film “The Man In The Iron Mask” about King Louis XIV’s wars that are putting the country into debt, DiCaprio plays both the King, and his sort of “nemesis” in the film—his identical twin brother Philippe.
Scarlett Johansson plays Sarah Jordan and Sarah’s clone, Jordan Two Delta, in the film “The Island,” which is about a world in which people can clone themselves as a form of insurance policy for the purpose of organ transplants.
In the 2012 film “Cloud Atlas,” Hanks plays seven characters. The complex story line lends itself to Hanks’ talent — he plays a character living in multiple parallel timelines.
In “Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” — sequel to “Night At The Museum” — Amy Adams plays both Amelia Earhart and a woman named Tess, meant to look just like Amelia Earhart. The protagonist falls in love with Amelia.
In the 1999 film “Sunshine,” a team of astronauts are sent to try and reignite the dying sun. One team member’s lineage is followed through three generations. Fiennes plays a grandfather, father and son.
In a series of dizzying twists and turns, Roberts plays Tess (George Clooney’s love interest) in “Ocean’s Twelve,” but she also plays herself — in a sense — when Tess pretends to be Julia Roberts.
Eddie Murphy is the king of multiple roles. He played four roles in the 1988 film “Coming To America” and later, in 1996, he played most of the cast in “The Nutty Professor,” portraying the entire Klump family.
In the 1990 movie “Joe Versus the Volcano” about a man who learns he has an incurable disease and decides to live out his final days as a king, on condition he jumps into a volcano. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks play the lovable duo, and Ryan plays three characters. Ryan plays Patricia Graynamore, captain of the boat that transports Joe to the volcano. She also plays DeDe, one of Joe’s coworkers; finally Ryan plays Angelica Graynamore, daughter of Patricia Graynamore.
Schwarzenegger is another actor who is no stranger to taking on multiple roles in the same movie: he plays himself and action hero Jack Slater in the movie “The Last Action Hero.” In the movie “The 6th Day,” Schwarzenegger plays the protagonist Adam Gibson as well as Gibson’s clone.
In the 2001 film, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” Affleck plays Holden McNeil, one of the creators of the fictional comic book “Bluntman and Chronic,” and he also has a cameo playing himself.