It's no secret that many of our favorite movies and shows are inspired by real-life events. After all, truth is often stranger than fiction. However, there are some surprising inspirations behind some of our favorites that you might not be aware of. For example, did you know that the movie "The Shining" was based on a true story? Stephen King was reportedly inspired to write the novel after he experienced a number of strange events while staying at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. Another example is the show "Breaking Bad." The main character, Walter White, is based on a real-life chemist who turned to cook meth after he was diagnosed with cancer. While some of these stories may be fictionalized, they offer a fascinating glimpse into the real-life inspirations behind some of our favorite movies and shows.

The inspiration for the Hulk came from Jack Kirby after encountering a superhuman feat of strength. More on that and 29 other wild inspirations behind beloved movies and shows:

SCANDAL'S OLIVIA pope IS BASED on CRISIS MANAGEMENT GURU JUDY SMITH...MOSTLY. Smith, who worked as deputy press secretary to President George H W. Bush, is quick to point out that Pope's steamy affair with the leader of the free world is a complete work of fiction. CRACKED.COM


THE STRANGERS was inspired by a scary childhood experience. Director Bryan Bertino said that as a kid, he lived in a house in the middle of nowhere. One night, while our parents were out, somebody knocked on the front door and my little sister answered it. At the door were some people asking for somebody that didn't live there. We later found out that these people were knocking on doors in the area and, if no one was home, breaking into the houses. CRACKED.COM


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