So, Neil Patrick Harris basically won the Tonys 2014 (the whole thing) with his performance of "Sugar Daddy" from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Harris has been making headlines as the lead in the Broadway show since he joined the cast earlier this year. He’s not the first actor to don drag for a role, these other actors have all dressed up like the fairer sex for performances in the past.
Neil Patrick Harris has received rave reviews for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The original drag pair, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
These two starred as a pair of musicians in the 1959 film Some Like It Hot. Appearing alongside Marilyn Monroe, Lemmon won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical of Comedy for his performance.
Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future Part II
What else would the children of Marty McFly and Jennifer look like other than Michael J. Fox with an array of wigs and outfits? Not the most believable, but certain the most hysterical.
Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor
Clearly taking inspiration from Back to the Future Part II, Murphy plays the whole family of his character Professor Klumps in The Nutty Professor.
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Johnny Depp in Before Night Falls
Depp probably looked like a prettier woman in Before Night Falls than most real women. Penelope Cruz said of Depp in the movie, “Johnny wears everything better than I do.”
Marlon Wayans in White Chicks
“I make one hell of a sexy white women, if I do say so myself,” Marlon told Entertainment Weekly of his performance in White Chicks. Sexy/really creepy…we’re not quite sure.
John Travolta in Hairspray
Travolta played Edna Turnblad in the 2007 film adaption of Hairspray, a performance for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. He certainly seemed comfortable in character, perhaps he just feels like himself when he has a convincing wig on?
Rupert Everett in the St Trinians films
Another actor who seemed all too natural in drag was Rupert Everett in the St Trinians films. Starring as Camilla Dagey Fritton, the headmaster of the school, Everett scarily reminds us of another famous upper class Camilla. We just can’t put our finger on who…
Leto, pictured left, starred alongside Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club
Leto seems more comfortable donning a dress than he does wearing a suit…although he still looks pretty good in both! He played transexual, HIV+ woman in Dallas Buyers Club earlier this year, a role for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
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