Speaking of Bob Dylan …
Undoubtedly the most visually similar (and best) portrayal of the American singer-songwriter, painter, Nobel Prize winner, and "Jokerman" comes from an unexpected source. Of course, we're not talking about Christensen but rather Cate Blanchett's gender-bending performance in 2007's Dylan-inspired drama I'm Not There.
In a film—which also stars the likes of Christian Bale, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw as Dylan—Blanchett's performance stands out from the crowd. Not only does her facial structure lend itself well to his signature black sunglasses, but the accomplished actress perfectly nails the sound, movements, and aura surrounding Dylan's amphetamine-fueled, post-"Maggie's Farm" boo-fest of a tour through the United Kingdom. "He was a creature," Blanchett explained to The Guardian. "You see him jumping around in Don't Look Back [the 1967 documentary] and he's completely androgynous … If a man played the role, people would have assessed it in a different way, whereas they've been able to get into the strangeness of what Dylan must have been like in that period by the very fact that I'm a woman."
Her outstanding portrayal was indeed assessed, and it earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2008. However, some tabloids jumped on her significant weight loss to match the "spiderlike" Dylan of the period—but Blanchett shrugged it off. "Because I'd made a film," she explained. "Who. Cares. There's a lot more going on in the world than me losing weight for a role."