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Michael Douglas transforms into Benjamin Franklin with wild locks as he films biopic series

Odd!  Michael Douglas was the spitting image of Benjamin Franklin as he filmed scenes for the new Franklin biographical series in Paris on Wednesday

Michael Douglas was the spitting image of Benjamin Franklin as he filmed scenes for the new Franklin biographical series in Paris on Wednesday.

The Hollywood icon, 78, looked almost unrecognizable as he sported long locks and a period costume to film scenes for the series – which depicts the story of the 18th century political philosopher – on the banks of the Seine.

The Oscar-winning actor, who is married to Catherine Zeta Jones, was joined by The Undoing star Noah Jupe, 17, on set, who plays his grandson and diplomat, William Temple Franklin.

The Fatal Attraction star wore a costume consisting of a coat, vest and homespun-looking panties in the scene.

Odd!  Michael Douglas was the spitting image of Benjamin Franklin as he filmed scenes for the new Franklin biographical series in Paris on Wednesday

Odd! Michael Douglas was the spitting image of Benjamin Franklin as he filmed scenes for the new Franklin biographical series in Paris on Wednesday

He bundled up in historically accurate scarves and gloves.

Michael’s wild locks were in keeping with Franklin’s story, he notoriously gave up a wig in America, but when visiting Europe, he donned a hairpiece.

Noah sported a similarly styled, but more fitted costume.

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The Apple TV+ show tells the story of “one of the biggest bets in Benjamin Franklin’s career”.

Strange: The Hollywood icon, 78, looked almost unrecognizable as he sported long locks and a period costume to film scenes for the series

Spitting image: Benjamin Franklin is seen in a portrait

Strange: The Hollywood icon, 78, looked almost unrecognizable as he sported long locks and a period costume to film scenes for the series (Benjamin Franklin portrait right)

Gather!  The Oscar-winning actor, who is married to Catherine Zeta Jones, was joined by The Undoing star Noah Jupe, 17, on set, who plays his grandson and diplomat, William Temple Franklin.

Gather! The Oscar-winning actor, who is married to Catherine Zeta Jones, was joined by The Undoing star Noah Jupe, 17, on set, who plays his grandson and diplomat, William Temple Franklin.

To cut!  The decorated actor was filming a scene alongside 17-year-old Noah Jupe on the banks of the Seine in Paris, France

To cut! The decorated actor was filming a scene alongside 17-year-old Noah Jupe on the banks of the Seine in Paris, France

Quite the change: Michael is known for his usually styled silver locks

Watch: Michael is pictured in 2014

Quite the change: Michael is known for his usually styled silver locks (pictured R)

Douglas, a native of New Jersey, is also written in as the show’s executive producer.

A February press release from the streaming service explained that the show focused on when the inventor “convinced France – an absolute monarchy – to support America’s experiment in democracy.”

The series will consist of just eight episodes and is based on Stacy Schiff’s Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction novel A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America.

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Apple TV+ announced the limited series order last February. The streaming service has yet to announce an official release date for Franklin.

The series is directed by Tim Van Patten, known for his work in episodes of The Sopranos, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones.

Historically accurate: The Fatal Attraction star wore a costume consisting of a homespun-looking coat, vest and panties

Historically accurate: The Fatal Attraction star wore a costume consisting of a homespun-looking coat, vest and panties

Action method:

Method of acting: “Michael became the role, transforming his physique, his voice, his cadence,” producer Tony Krantz said

Limited Series: The show will consist of only eight episodes and is based on Stacy Schiff's non-fiction novel - A Grand Improv: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America.

Limited Series: The show will consist of only eight episodes and is based on Stacy Schiff’s non-fiction novel – A Grand Improv: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America.

Related: The Quiet Place Alum Portrays Benjamin Franklin's Grandson, Temple

Related: The Quiet Place Alum Portrays Benjamin Franklin’s Grandson, Temple

Douglas is known for his work depicting historical and iconic figures.

In the past, the screen icon voiced Benjamin Franklin in the 2003 PBS miniseries Freedom: A History of US.

He also won praise for his portrayal of Liberace in the 2013 romantic drama series Behind the Candelabra.

Producer Tony Krantz spoke to Entertainment Weekly in June about Douglas’ portrayal in the biopic.

‘When [the other producers on the film] Richard Plepler, Tim Van Patten and I started talking about possible actors to play Franklin, there was really only one: Michael Douglas,” he said.

‘We were lucky. It was like winning the lottery – he said yes.

He added: “Now Michael has come into the role, transforming his physique, his voice, his cadence. And his humor is so much fun.

“I think people will see one of Michael Douglas’ greatest performances in this project.”

An adaptation of the story: The show centers on the moment the inventor “convinced France – an absolute monarchy – to subscribe to the American experiment in democracy”.

An adaptation of the story: The show centers on the moment the inventor “convinced France – an absolute monarchy – to subscribe to the American experiment in democracy”.

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