A study has revealed Tom Hanks and Audrey Hepburn are the actors Brits would love to play them in movie versions of their lives.
Research commissioned by Sky Cinema discovered British men would like the seasoned star of Forrest Gump, Big and Saving Private Ryan to take on the role with woman wanting the much admired, late big screen legend, Audrey Hepburn.
Hepburn is best known for starring in Roman Holiday and Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
An astonishing one in two Brits think an Oscar-winning actor is worthy enough to play them in a film about their own life.
Hanks won the Best Actor gong for his roles in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia, two years running.
You can watch a trailer for another of his films, The Post, here:
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Hepburn was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for a single performance in the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday.
Alex Zane, Sky Cinema Oscars host, said:
It’s wonderful to see such notable talent, such as Tom Hanks, Audrey Hepburn and Steven Spielberg getting well-earned recognition from the British public for their work.
Forrest Gump, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, where Spielberg and Hanks combined forces, are some of the greatest films ever made.
While Audrey Hepburn didn’t quite secure the statuette for her starring role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it’s certainly her most iconic performance.
Other Oscar winners who were popular choices included Leonardo DiCaprio, Helen Mirren, Clint Eastwood, Sandra Bullock, Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith and Emma Thompson.
Personally I would opt for Emma Stone after she took my breathe away in La La Land.
When it comes to directing, people most want legendary auteur Steven Spielberg behind the camera followed by James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino.
37 per cent of Brits would prefer their character to be the hero of their own story while one in five reckon they could be an anti-hero figure.
Then, there are of course, the one in 10 who think they’d ultimately become the villain, but a badass one!
A quarter of those surveyed believe their life story would make a good drama while 22 per cent think it would work better as a comedy.
Brits also don’t mind adding in a bit of pazzaz, with one in seven admitting they’d create a climactic battle even if it didn’t happen in real life.
17 per cent of people would also include a musical number to make their life story a real work of showbusiness.
Understandably, more than half would want their story to end with a traditional happy ending while one in seven would prefer things to close on a comedic note.
Meanwhile one in 10 of us would like their character to go out in a blaze of glory while the pretentious one in eight think a baffling cliff-hanger would be the way to leave things.
An astonishing 40 per cent think their film would be worth of an Oscar nomination which really says a lot about egos. *cough cough*
Here’s the list of the Top 20 Actors Brits would like to play them:
1. Tom Hanks
2. Audrey Hepburn
3. Sandra Bullock
4. Helen Mirren
5. Emma Watson
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
7. Clint Eastwood
8. Julia Roberts
9. Kate Winslet
10. Matt Damon
11. Emma Stone
12. James Stewart
13. Anthony Hopkins
14. Marilyn Monroe
15. Meryl Streep
16. Jennifer Lawrence
17. Emma Thompson
18. Maggie Smith
19. Denzel Washington
20. Angelina Jolie
Sky Cinema will show The Oscars exclusively live in the UK on Sunday 4 March. Coverage begins with Oscars 2018: Red Carpet Live from midnight, before the Oscars 2018 Live begins at 1.30am on Monday morning.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.