Very few fictional characters are pulled from thin air, because what's the point of having friends and family if you can't steal their essence and sell it to strangers for entertainment? But as we've shown you once before, sometimes the real world inspirations for these characters come from bizarre and unexpected places ...
5 Cartman's Mom Is Based On A Creator's Cheating Fiancee
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South Park, the show you watched because your mom told you not to, has been on the air forever. The majority of the action still centers around the kids, but there's a robust supporting cast of rich, multidimensional characters too. Like underpants gnomes, gay dogs, and Cartman's whore of a mother.
Cartman's mother, Liane, is based on co-creator Trey Parker's college fiancee, who cheated on him before dumping him. Understandably upset, Parker first channeled his heartbreak into Cannibal! The Musical, a film that, according to the audio commentary, he wrote just so he could ridicule her. In it, Liane is a horse that everyone rides, and if you don't understand the symbolism you should probably get back to your coloring book. He also ridiculed her decision to dump someone now worth millions on the commentary, because when you're busying making movies and TV shows you don't have time for therapy.
As for South Park, Liane has a single defining character trait, and it's that she's easier than a kindergarten math test. She's done everything with everyone, starred in scat porn, worked as a prostitute, and was featured in Crack Whore Magazine, amongst many other sexual shenanigans. So we guess the lesson here is: Never screw around on a guy that's good with paper cutouts. It'll come back to bite you on the ass in a big way.
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Literally and figuratively.
4 Chasing Amy Is About A Real Relationship Kevin Smith Had
Before turning Justin Long into a walrus, Kevin Smith directed indie flicks like Clerks and Chasing Amy. The latter revolves around a guy named Holden falling in love with a girl named Alyssa. But he discovers that she has a, shall we say "storied" sexual history, and he just can't deal with that. The relationship falls apart, and we all are reminded once again that there are no happy endings in New Jersey.
Alyssa is played by Joey Lauren Adams, and the whole story is based on Kevin Smith's relationship with her. The two dated for a while, but the inexperienced Smith was intimidated by Adams' globetrotting and partying ways. Then he asked her about her sexual history, and from the sounds of it the angry and tearful conversation more or less played out exactly how it did on film.
In Smith's words, he was insecure about measuring up to past partners and wanted Adams to apologize for her life history -- two mindsets that anyone who doesn't hang out on a MRA subreddit would recognize as unhealthy. The relationship didn't last, proving once again that romance built on crippling emotional problems never works out unless you're the star of a Disney movie.
Late in the film, Smith appears as Silent Bob, and breaks with his title to basically call Holden a dumbass. Bob sits him down and tells the story of his failed relationship with "Amy," and how he learned a valuable lesson and he'll forever regret screwing things up in the first place. It's a scene where a character based on Smith is taught a lesson from Smith's life by two of Smith's most famous creations, one of whom is played by him, proving once again that filmmakers will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid therapy.
Smith has definitely prescribed himself some drugs though.