True Identity

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

True Identity (Touchstone Movie)

“True Identity” is a comedy film released in 1991, directed by Charles Lane. The movie stars Lenny Henry as Miles Pope, a struggling African-American actor who is tired of being typecast in stereotypical roles.

The story follows Miles Pope, who decides to undergo plastic surgery to change his appearance and escape the limitations of his career. During the procedure, he is mistakenly given the face of a white man. Seizing the opportunity, Miles assumes the new identity of a Caucasian man named Leland Carver.

As Leland Carver, Miles auditions for a role in a film and secures the part of a mob boss. However, he soon finds himself entangled in a real-life mobster’s schemes when the mob boss he is portraying is killed, and the criminals mistake him for the real Leland Carver.

Miles must now navigate the dangerous world of organized crime while trying to maintain his ruse and avoid being discovered as an imposter. Along the way, he forms a romantic connection with a beautiful actress, played by Anne-Marie Johnson, and befriends a fellow actor, played by Frank Langella.

“True Identity” is a lighthearted and comical exploration of identity, race, and the entertainment industry. Lenny Henry’s energetic and versatile performance as Miles/Leland provides the comedic heart of the film.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics but has become a cult classic among fans of 1990s comedies. It offers a unique and humorous take on the theme of identity transformation and serves as a touchstone for audiences seeking a fun and entertaining comedic escape.

Additional Details


  • Lenny Henry: Miles Pope
  • Frank Langella: Leland Carver
  • Anne-Marie Johnson: Kristi
  • James Earl Jones: Himself
  • Charles Lane: Duane
  • Peggy Lipton: Rita
  • Melvin Van Peebles: Taxi Driver
  • J.T. Walsh: Houston
  • Andreas Katsulas: Anthony
  • Austin Pendleton: Othello’s Director


  • Director: Charles Lane
  • Producers: Carol Baum and Teri Schwartz
  • Writer: Andy Breckman

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