30 Bizarre Influences Behind Beloved Pop Culture Staples

30 Bizarre Influences Behind Beloved Pop Culture Staples

When Johnny Depp got the role of Willy Wonka, he decided to base his performance on what he imagined George W. Bush acted like while high on drugs. More on that and 29 other bizarre inspirations behind famous movies and shows: 

THE WRETCHED was inspired by a tree. The directing brothers Drew and Brett Pierce had a gnarly old tree in their backyard when they were kids. This tree inspired the witch's woodland lair. Lightning had struck and kind of half-killed the tree. It had a big old hole in it and we used to dare each other to reach inside. CRACKED.COM


The colors in Spike Jonze's Her were basically taken from Jamba Juice. jamba juice ha juice Even before I sat down to write the script, I had these notes, and one of the notes said 'Jamba Juice, said Jonze -- he wanted a look as colorful and clean as Jamba Juice's. CRACKED.COM


The second season of Picard was inspired by Star Trek: The Voyage Home. Akiva Goldsman said that his co-showrunner Terry Matalas suggested Hey, let's do  The Voyage Home.' And we kind of dug it. CRACKED.COM


Marriage Story was kind of inspired by the creator's own divorce. But Noah Baumbach's divorce from Jennifer Jason Leigh was only part of it - he also mined his friends' and family members' experiences for material. CRACKED.COM


Batman and Chewbacca interact in The LEGO Movie because of a kid's play. Co-creator Chris Miller saw his son put LEGO Batman and Chewbacca in the same spaceship, so he thought he could do that in the movie. CRACKED.COM


CRACKED.COM THE OFFICE was heavily influenced by THE SOPRANOS. The Sopranos was actually the biggest influence on The Office, actor and producer B. J. Novak has said. The way Michael Scott will say something very serious but mispronounce a word I feel is a direct descendant of the Tony Soprano sense of humor.


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