drag up at least once? Maybe it’s not so important for women, but for men, yes. Let’s face it, in Shakespeare’s day all the female roles were played by men.

I’m sure there are benefits to doing this too because I reckon that dragging up is possibly the key to success for an actor, what do you think?

The curiosity factor is certainly a box office pull. It’s also likely to get the film fingered for awards, usually for hair and make-up but often for the actor as well. And, by playing an opposite sex role, it guarantees the actor a place in film history. I mean, who can forget these other fantastic drag roles:

Charles ChaplinA woman? No, it’s Charlie Chaplin.

Joe E Brown & Jack LemmonJack Lemmon was Oscar-nominated for playing this hot girl.

Eddie Murphy

Eddie’s big momma role is certainly a memorable one, and the film was Oscar-nominated for best make-up. It’s also on TV today.

Tim CurryDon’t judge a book by its cover.

Dustin Hoffman

He was America’s hottest new actress back in the 1980s and was nominated for an Oscar.

Victor/Victoria: James Garner & Julie Andrews

Julie looks jazz hot as a man impersonating a woman in this movie and was nominated for an Oscar

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Terence StampStamp‘s BAFTA-nominated role in this was a far cry from his madding crowd days.

She’s the Man: Amanda BynesAmanda Bynes pretends to be her twin brother in this teen romcom loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

To Wong Fu, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar: Patrick Swayze

Forget Dirty Dancing, Swayze looks far more fabulous in drag and was nominated for a Golden Globe for this movie.

Robin Williams

Yes, dear, it’s Robin Williams with a bad Scottish accent. This film won him a Golden Globe.

John TravoltaPink Ladies reject? No it’s John Travolta. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for this film.

Whoopi Goldberg

Making Whoopi look like this must have been a great challenge.

Big Momma’s House 2: Martin LawrenceMartin Lawrence doesn’t look too happy about that wig.

Felicity Huffman

Huffman was playing a man becoming a woman which is perhaps even more difficult than straight drag. It saw her nominated for an Oscar anyway.

Boys Don’t Cry: Hilary SwankSwank won an Oscar for this gender swapping role

Linda Hunt & Mel GibsonLinda Hunt was the first actor ever to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex.


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