Famous Actors Pose Next to Their Most Iconic Roles in Clever Photo Manipulations

By Emma Taggart on August 19, 2020

Actors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck
Jack Nicholson and The Joker

When you think of some of Hollywood’s most famous actors, you probably imagine them as the characters that they’re most known for. From Mike Myers as Austin Powers to Tony Montana as Al Pacino, the actors and the roles they play are often entwined in our minds. Dutch graphic designer Ard Gelinck showcases these inseparable pairs in his series of photo manipulations. He seamlessly Photoshops actors and their most famous characters together in one image, so they look as though they’re friends.

Gelinck began creating digital art around 10 years ago, when he started making his Then and Now series. These works show celebrities superimposed next to photos of their younger selves, revealing how much they’ve changed. His latest series takes a slightly different approach. Recently, Gelinck has been using his Photoshop skills to make it look as though Hollywood actors are hanging out with their on-set personas, some of them from many years ago.

The series highlights the fact that the many actors really did have to make friends with their role while filming. Perhaps some method actors even fully inhabited the lives of their characters both on and off set. For example, Heath Ledger famously took the method acting approach for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Tragically as his last film before his death in 2008, he dedicated months getting under the skin of the chaotic character.

Scroll down to check out some of Gelinck’s photo manipulations and find more from his ever-growing portfolio on Instagram.

Ard Gelinck photoshops famous actors and their most iconic characters together in one image, so they look as though they’re friends.

Actors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Ralph Macchio and Daniel Larusso

Actors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Drew Barrymore and Gertie (And E.T.)Actors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Eddie Murphy and Axel Foley

Actors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Joaquin Phoenix and The Joker

The artist has been making his clever photo manipulations for around 10 years.

Actors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Neil Patrick Harris and Doogie Howser M.D.https://8419c153e15298d5801b314db27adb1e.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.htmlActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Hugh Jackman and WolverineActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Sylvester Stallone and RamboActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Mike Myers and Austin PowersActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Sean Connery and James BondActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Millie Bobby Brown and ElevenActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Elijah Wood and Frodo BagginsActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Al Pacino and Tony MontanaActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Brian Cranston and Walter WhiteActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Emilia Clarke and Daenerys TargaryenActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Mark Hamill and Luke SkywalkerActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Michael J. Fox and Marty McFlyActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Heath Ledger and The JokerActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Jim Carrey and Lloyd ChristmasActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Charlie Chaplin and The TrampActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Christina applegate and Kelly BundyActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Henry Winkler and FonzieActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

John Stamos and Jesse KatsopolisActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Johnny Depp and The HatterActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Courtney Cox and Monica GellerActors Photoshopped Next to Their Famous Roles by Ard Gelinck

Sigourney Weaver and Ellen Ripley

Gelinck also has an ongoing portrait series of celebrities posing with their younger selves, titled Then and Now.

Celebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Kayne WestCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

ElvisCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Amy WinehouseCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Angelina JolieCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Justin TimberlakeCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Bruce WillisCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Julia RobertsCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Chris MartinCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Miley CyrusActors Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Leonardo DiCaprioCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Robin WilliamsCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Whitney HoustonCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Roger FedererCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

MadonnaCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Malcolm-Jamal WarnerCelebrities Photoshopped Next to Their Younger Selves by Ard Gelinck

Robert De Niro

Ard Gelinck: Instagram | Twitter

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Ard Gelinck.

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EMMA TAGGART

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.Read all posts from Emma Taggart


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