The Real-Life Inspiration

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  1. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Probably the most celebrated example:

    Orson Welles in Citizen Kane

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  2. JozefK

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    Adolphe Menjou as the conniving editor Walter Burns in The Front Page

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    Walter Howey, the managing editor of Hearst's Chicago Examiner

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    Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen in Badlands

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    Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate

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    1973

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  5. arley

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    About the character Henry Higgins in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (and of course, My Fair Lady): (from Wikipedia):

    Shaw mentioned that the character of Professor Henry Higgins was inspired by several British professors of phonetics: Alexander Melville Bell, Alexander J. Ellis, Tito Pagliardini, but above all, the cantankerous Henry Sweet.[1]

    Henry Sweet - Wikipedia

    The recent movie Never Look Away is based on the life of the German painter Gerhard Richter.
     
  6. JozefK

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  7. carrick doone

    carrick doone Whhhuuuutttt????

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    Man, just looking at that picture of Charles Starkweather you know the guy is trouble! BTW Badlands is a great 70s film in every sense of the word. Everything hinges on Spacek and Sheen.
     
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  8. carrick doone

    carrick doone Whhhuuuutttt????

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    A great artist and the movie is equally great.
     
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  9. Dillydipper

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    Cartoonish movie about a cartoonish political figure:

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  10. JozefK

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    The thread is not about biopics

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_à_clef

    Roman à clef is a novel about real life events that is overlaid with a façade of fiction. The fictitious names in the novel represent real people​
     
  11. Big Jimbo

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    “Valley of the Dolls”
    Helen Lawson (Susan Hayward) inspired by Ethel Merman
    Neely OHara (Patty Duke) inspired by Judy Garland, Frances Farmer and Betty Hutton
    Jennifer North (Sharon Tate) inspired by Marilyn Monroe and Carole Landis
    Tony Polar (Tony Scotti) inspired by Dean Martin
     
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    “The Horse Soldiers” directed by John Ford

    Colonel John Marlowe (John Wayne) was inspired by General Benjamin Grierson and his raid through the Confederacy in 1863. Movie is based on a 1956 novel by Harold Sinclair
     
  13. Saintbert

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    The character Lancaster Dodd in The Master (2012) bears a resemblance to a real life leader of a new spiritual movement, L. Ron Hubbard, but for legal reasons, let's call it a coincidence.

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  14. JozefK

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    Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark in All The King's Men

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    Huey Long, Governor of/Senator from Louisiana

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  15. Veggie Boy

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    ...oops...just saw that thread not about biopics..my bad..still a good story though


    "Tucker The Man and his Dream" tells a great story and Jeff Bridges nicely plays up Preston Tucker to be a lot more colourful than he probably was (Hold That Tiger!).

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  16. Veggie Boy

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    Weren't Micky and Mallory of Natural Born Killers also inspired by Starkweather and Fugate?

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    Indiana Jones was supposedly based on Hiram Bingham, who may or may not have discovered Machu Picchu.

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  18. HaileyMcComet

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    George Costanza was based on Larry David.

     
  19. agaraffa

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    Sean Penn as Harvey Milk
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  20. JozefK

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    OK, I officially give up

    I must say though, it never fvcking occurred to me this might be a problem
     
  21. agaraffa

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    Instead of getting upset, maybe you should explain exactly what kind of responses you were looking for.
     
  22. JozefK

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    No, you figure it out

    Did you really think I wanted a list of every biopic ever made?
     
  23. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

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    Hecky Brown, Zero Mostel's character in the Front was based on actor/comedian Phillip Loeb who committed suicide just as Mostel's character did.
     
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  24. agaraffa

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    If you don't want to tell people the point of the thread that you started than stop complaining that people aren't responding "correctly". Best of luck to you, and enjoy your thread. :wave:
     
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  25. JozefK

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    Not likely, after your inability to understand the premise from a simple reading of the thread

    Or did you not even read the thread before posting?
     

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