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Gender-bending actors: Who makes the cut?

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In honor of Liev Schreiber’s turn in Taking Woodstock, The Huffington Post has its readers scoring various actors’ and actresses’ believability in roles of the opposite sex.

As I’m typing this, Patrick Swayze, who gives my favorite drag performance in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, is averaging 7.4 out of 10, which ranks him sixth among the group of 24. The most successful stars: Cillian Murphy in 2005’s Breakfast on Pluto (9.2), followed by Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry (8.7), Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously, (8.6), Jaye Davidson in The Crying Game (8.6), and Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There (7.7). Schreiber’s averaging a 2.5, placing him behind Eddie Murphy in Norbit (4.0), John Travolta in Hairspray (3.8), Shawn and Marlon Wayans in White Chicks (3.5), and Martin Lawrence in Big Momma’s House (2.7).

I have not seen Taking Woodstock yet, but I’m guessing if Schreiber scored that low, he was not supposed to pass as a woman. Whose performance tops your list?

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