13 Surprising Real-Life Inspirations Behind The Movie Characters We Love

13 Surprising Real-Life Inspirations Behind The Movie Characters We Love

There are several movie characters we love to watch on the big screen. They make us laugh, cry and feel emotion. We can't get enough of them. Here are some of our favorites: 

1. The Joker: He is the best example of a well-written villain. He is so charismatically evil that you can't help but love to hate him. 

2. Tony Stark: He is smart, suave, and always comes out on top despite the odds. We root for him every time he suits up as Iron Man. 

3. Princess Leia: She is a strong independent woman who doesn't need a man to rescue her. She is always standing up for what she believes in and fighting for the greater good, even if it puts her in danger. 

4. Harry Potter: He is the ultimate underdog who overcomes incredible obstacles to save the day. He makes us believe that anything is possible if you just have enough courage and heart. 

5. Indiana Jones: He is the quintessential action hero. He's handsome, brave, and always seems to find himself in the middle of exciting adventures. We can't help but cheer for him as he triumphs against all odds.

Some of our favorite movie icons were actually based on a real-life person ... who you'd least expect. Here are 13 examples of that happening:


Adrien Brody's character in Succession S3 was based on a bunch of real people. Brody was cagey with the details, though, saying I'm not one to name names, but it was an amalgamation of a number of people I've encountered. CRACKED.COM


Into the Spider-Verse

Nic Cage took inspiration from Humphrey Bogart in Into the Spider-Verse. ВК DE Не said, My character's Spider-Man Noir. He's really Peter Parker from the '30s. I tried to channel those noir films with  Bogart, and have those kinds of sounds that he might make with  Cagney, or Edward G. Robinson, that kind of way of talking.OM


Moon Knight

Cult leader David Koresh inspired a character in a Marvel series. The series is Moon Knight, and Ethan Hawke explained that he based his performance in the show on Koresh, calling Koresh the basis of great character inspiration in a Seth Meyers interview. CRACKED.COM


Don't Look Up

The president and chief of staff in Don't Look Up were inspired by the Trumps: Jonah Hill said: At the time, there was a political figure who I won't name who perhaps had an inappropriate sexualization of their daughter. Right? So I was like Meryl, I have this idea, let's try it out and see what the bond is. CRACKED.COM



The Archer characters' appearances are based on specific real people. Archer himself is based on Stuart Fierman, an Atlanta restaurateur who's a friend of the show's exec producer Matt Thompson. And Lana is based on a Hooters waitress that Thompson met. CRACKED.COM


Star Wars

Maz Kanata from Star Wars was based on JJ Abrams' English teacher. As he explained it, Yes, the character of Maz was originally based on the great Rose Gilbert... I mentioned Rose in an early story meeting as a sort of timeless, wise figure that I'd actually known in my life. CRACKED.COM


Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Brad Pitt's character in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is based on real life. Tarantino was inspired on stuntman Hal Needham, who was pretty badass - he did the kind of stunts you'd see in The Fast and The Furious, way back in the 1950s and 1960s. CRACKED.COM


The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

A character in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is partly based on Johnny Mathis. That'd be Shy Baldwin - Rachel Brosnahan said he's kind of an amalgamation of a lot of different figures who were that successful, but Johnny Mathis comes to mind. CRACKED.COM



R-Patz' Batman was inspired by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana's 'Something In The Way.' That's when it came to me that, rather than make Bruce Wayne the playboy version we've seen before, there's another version who had OM


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