August 10, 2018

5 Famous Movie Characters Based On Real People.

by Prince Chandran

As we all know movie are nothing but the creative imagination of the screenwriters and directors. But they do draw inspiration from some real life events or characters. Events, places, and even characters are influenced by what really is out there.

Many of the characters from some famous movies it can be the protagonist or the villains are influenced from some real life characters.

 

Jhonny Fontane – The God Father

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The iconic film The godfather as we all know was inspired from Mario Puzo’s novel, The Godfather. Jhonny Fontane was a fictional character from the novel. But it was actually inspired from the real life of ‘Frank Sintara’. Sintara is believed to be closely linked to underworld mafia.

Many believe that the Mafia connections also helped him in getting a role in ‘From here to Eternity’  when his film career was dropping in 1950. That film earned him an Oscar and saved his career. Puzo never did make the claim that Fontane was based on Sinatra, but he also never denied it either.

 

Zorro

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Zorro is an fictional character created by Jhonston McCulley in 1919. He was featured in many movie’s, books, films etc. He was a vigilante who helped the commoners from all sorts of villains.

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This legendary bandito is based on a real Californian legend. McCulley received inspiration about the famous bandit Diego de la vega aka Zorro from a book called The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murrieta.

Joaquin Murrieta was a real person who lived during the Californian  gold rush. Murrieta was a honest miner until the English drove him from a rich mining claim, also raped his wife, and lynched his brother and also whipped his horse. All these life events made him a unlawful bandit from a honest miner. Some call him a renegade, others, a national hero.

 

Lucy Whitmore – 50 First Dates

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Back in 1985, an English woman by name Michelle Philpots met with an motorcycle accident, the same year she also met her future husband Ian. And again after five years later she was involved in an car accident which afflicted with a rare form of anterograde amnesia.

Every morning for the past 22 years, her husband, who she only remembers as her boyfriend, presents her with their wedding album and answers whatever questions Michelle might have. She leaves herself Post-It notes on the refrigerator, and all sorts of other helpful tips she might need throughout the day. She even uses a GPS to navigate her hometown of Spalding, in southeastern England. She cant form new memories but she can carry out everyday things like making a conversation and driving a car.

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You may have noticed her story is strikingly similar to that of Lucy Whitmore, the character played by Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates.

 

Frank Costello – The Departed

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Jack Nicholson who plays the character of Frank Costello an Irish mob boss, Costello controls the Boston underworld. It was inspired from  James “Whitey” Bulger, a notorious gangster. In 1999, Bulger was named by the FBI as their second most wanted man, behind only Osama bin Laden.

A $1 million reward was issued for providing any information leading directly to his arrest. In 2011, he was finally captured and brought to trial. The 81 year old gangster was sentenced two two life sentences, plus five years in prison. He was found guilty for charges which iincluded federal racketeering, extortion, conspiracy, and 11 murders.

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Dr Henry Indiana Jones.

   

We all grew up watching Indiana Jones. He was one of the favorite character for everyone.  George Lucas created the beloved character as an homage to various action heroes he grew up with.

The character of Indy was inspired from a professor, explorer and politician  Hiram Bingham III. After completing Phd at Harvard, he became a professor of Latin American history at Yale in 1907. In 1911, he organized a Yale Peruvian Expedition. With the help of some locals, he was able to rediscover the lost city of Machu Picchu.

However, he misidentified it as the “Lost City (Capital) of the Incas.” It turns out, Machu Picchu was really more of a summer resort for the Inca Emperor Pachacuti and his entourage. The actual “Lost City” (and last capital) of the Inca Empire, before falling to the Spaniards in 1572, was Vilcabamba.

   

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