We all know that lots of movie stars just make movies about themselves: Nearly every Woody Allen character is a neurotic writer with an uncomfortably young love interest, Tim Burton exclusively tells stories about pale outcasts with disheveled mops of disgusting hair, and Ryan Reynolds pretty much is Deadpool at this point.
It's way more impressive when filmmakers manage to turn their lives into famous films and no one even realizes it -- including, in some cases, themselves. Whether intentionally or not, a lot of movies are secretly telling autobiographical stories, like group therapy where the rest of the group pays 15 bucks to get in. For instance ...
6Star Wars Is About George Lucas Rejecting His Father's Office Supply Empire
George Lucas' second feature film, American Graffiti, is about a bunch of 1950s teenagers cruising around in their cars all night and listening to Chuck Berry; it was basically like if someone today made a movie about how amazing it was to get high and play GoldenEye for nine hours straight. Well, Lucas' most famous contribution to pop culture, Star Wars, was similarly all about his own youth. For starters, he very unsubtly named the hero Luke. As in Lucas. Also, in his yearbook picture he's clearly practicing the Jedi mind trick:
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Or mentally undressing the photographer.
Both Luke and Lucas were motorized-vehicle-loving teens who dreamed of something more, and both had dads who got in the way of that. While he wasn't exactly Darth Vader, George Lucas Sr. was the head of a stationery store, a business he had built up for George to take over -- because together they could rule Modesto, California, as father and son. George had other plans, though. As a young man, George rejected his father's dark path of selling birthday cards and scotch tape, saying: "I'll never work at a job where I have to do the same thing over and over again every day." Which sounds a hell of a lot like "I'll never join you."
It took forever for his dad to slice his hand off through paper cuts.
This was no small incident, either. Lucas claimed that this was the biggest disagreement the two ever had, and his refusal to take up his father's mantle left his dad "devastated." While he doesn't get into specifics, when asked about how much of this story played into Star Wars, George stated: "No matter how you write, you write from your own emotions and your own feelings." This explains why the theme of a son rejecting his father's path runs throughout the original trilogy, before Lucas' emotions and feelings died sometime in the mid '90s.
Which brings us to another eerie similarity: Later in life, both Luke and Lucas became bearded outcasts moping over how they'd seriously fucked up their life's work.
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The next movie is gonna start with the revelation that Luke sold his midi-chlorians for $4 billion.
5World War Z Is About What It's Like To Be Brad Pitt
World War Z is that movie where Brad Pitt is harassed by a mass of hideous, existentially terrifying CGI blobs. But Pitt wasn't just the star; he was also a producer who helped to guide this mess of a film through its troubled production. And it shows. As pointed out by Entertainment Weekly, World War Z ended up telling the story of what it's like to be Brad Pitt. (Spoilers: It sucks, apparently.)
Like Pitt, the main character is a family man with a beautiful wife and kids. Also, this may be a stretch, but that pendant around his wife's neck could totally be full of blood.
This explains the scene where she starts talking shit about Jennifer Aniston for no reason.
Their idyllic family life is interrupted when they try to leave the house and are immediately swarmed by a horde of bloodthirsty, yet PG-13 safe, zombies. This is the kind of shit the Pitts have to deal with every day -- every time they want to pop out to Starbucks, they draw crowds. In other words, the zombies are us, the fans. Yes, Brad Pitt thinks you're ugly.
Or maybe the zombies are the paparazzi, but that actually seems like a step up.
Pitt's character has a vague U.N. job that essentially involves traveling the world and looking handsome in exotic locations ... which, let's face it, is pretty much his job in real life. Along the way, Pitt and his family meet a non-white kid whose family is killed during this war, so naturally they take him with them. Do we have to spell this one out?
Unlike the real Pitt clan, they don't give him a wacky name with an X somewhere in it.
In the end, Pitt saves the day by injecting himself with a disease, tricking the zombies into leaving him the fuck alone. The key here is he does it while the others watch through screens to see if it works. It's like Pitt is telling us that standing in front of a camera and suffering is a more important job than everyone thinks -- movies can save the world!
Even the really fucking stupid ones!
Then, immediately after besting the zombies, Pitt downs some Pepsi, clearly a metaphor for ... oh, actually, they probably just had to whore themselves to the soda industry after wasting a shit-ton of money on that elaborate ending they threw in the garbage.
"Pepsi Max ... hey, honey, just thought of a name for the new kid!"