Empire Photo Spread Has Actors Recreating Iconic Roles

[Update: Many of you have pointed out, correctly, that Empire ran these in their magazine for the 20th anniversary issue several months ago. However, this is the first time that they've been available online in this form, and many of you haven't seen them before. So, if you didn't catch them the first time around, enjoy.]

The always-awesome Empire magazine really pulled out the stops for their 20th anniversary. They asked 27 stars to participate in a photo shoot and recreate some of their most iconic performances from the previous two decades, but with a slight twist: Dress stylishly (with a few exceptions).

Most of these photos are pretty amazing, although I do question their designation of some of these roles as "iconic performances" (Is Jon Anderton really as iconic as Ethan Hunt or even Jerry Maguire? Either way, Anderton certainly makes for something more visually interesting). In any case, my feeling is that many of you will probably be hit with a wave of nostalgia as you view the gallery; seeing Mel Gibson with that facepaint really takes me back to pre-Passion, pre-arrest Gibson, when the man's name with synonymous with badass. I've included some of my favorites after the break but you can head on over to Empire to see the whole gallery (hat tip to Cinematical)