Is it a problem that Hollywood’s stars are too beautiful – especially when they’re playing real people? It’s no surprise that the entertainment industry values attractiveness. But sometimes, there are drawbacks to casting a pretty person as a particular character. From The Dropout to Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, these days we’re seeing more and more portrayals of real people onscreen – often antiheroic ones who are ethically compromised, if not downright villainous. Here’s our take on the dangers of making everyone too beautiful onscreen – and when it can sometimes work for the story.
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