Actress Michelle Yeoh was deported from Myanmar last week due to her involvement with a film about controversial democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. “The Lady” will star Yeoh as the democratic leader and is currently being filmed in locations all over the world. Though most actors don’t always draw the same ire their characters do, they do lend another view of those who stood up to powers greater than themselves.
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Pictures: Rebel-rousers in film

Actress Michelle Yeoh was deported from Myanmar last week due to her involvement with a film about controversial democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. “The Lady” will star Yeoh as the democratic leader and is currently being filmed in locations all over the world.

Though most actors don’t always draw the same ire their characters do, they do lend another view of those who stood up to powers greater than themselves.  (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)
Though not what one would call historically accurate, the Mel Gibson-led “Braveheart” won best picture and best director at the 1996 Academy Awards. It also taught moviegoers everywhere to fear blue-painted men in kilts.  (Paramount Pictures)
“North Country”'s Josey Aimes was based on real-life mine worker Lois Jenson. After enduring rampant sexual harassment at the hands of the mine’s male employees, Aimes leads similarly abused female mine workers in a class-action lawsuit against the company and wins. (Warner Bros.)
Denzel Washington embodies the mid-century civil rights activist in Spike Lee’s biopic, “Malcolm X.” X was largely responsible for popularizing the Islamic faith in African American communities, inspiring fellow blacks to reconnect with their African roots, and helping to voice the unrest and despair felt by many blacks in the 1950s and 60s. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Brockovich was just a single mother trying to make ends meet when she stumbled on the massive groundwater contamination in Hinkley, California, where many residents were diagnosed with various forms of cancer. Brockovich and her employer Ed Masry went on to win the afflicted community $333 million, the largest direct action lawsuit settlement ever paid in the United States. (Universal Studios)
Benicio del Toro lent his smoldering acting skills to bring Argentine revolutionary Guevara to life in Steven Soderbergh’s two-part biopic. Guevara played a key role in bringing down Cuba’s dictatorship and installing Fidel Castro as the country’s new leader. (IFC Films)
Once the mightiest general in Rome’s army, “Gladiator”'s Maximus is enslaved and forced to fight for his life in the Colosseum. Despite his status as a slave, he stages a coup, brings down Rome’s corrupt and mentally unstable emperor and frees his fellow gladiators. (DreamWorks)
Sean Penn’s Harvey Milk fought state government for gay rights, until he found a way to bring about change from the inside. “Milk” documents the work and mettle of California’s first openly gay politician. (Universal Pictures)
Kirk Douglas’ fiery slave Spartacus brought nothing but trouble to the Roman empire, inspiring and leading a slave uprising that lasted for two years and frequently bested the highly-trained Roman troops.  (Universal Pictures)
V has double the power to shake the masses, as he both represents the infamous traitor to the English crown Guy Fawkes and the greatest threat to “V for Vendetta”'s dystopian British regime. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
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