Movies and shows have been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember. They are a way to escape the realities of life and enter into a whole new world. Whether it's sitting in the theater watching the latest blockbuster or streaming a show on Netflix, movies and TV always provide us with hours of entertainment.

While there are many factors that go into making a great film or show, there are undoubtedly certain individuals or groups who have exerted an influence on these projects. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the people and organizations who have had the most impact on our favorite films and TV shows. Whether it's through their creative vision or simply by virtue of being associated with them, these people have helped shape the mediums of cinema and television as we know them today.

Most characters we love today were actually inspired by completely different characters. For example, the Joker, one of the most iconic characters of all time, was actually inspired by Gwynplaine – a character from a 1928 silent movie. More on that and 27 other fascinating inspirations behind beloved movies and shows:

A 1960s Japanese animated movie inspired the show Samurai Jack. SAMURAI JACK It's called The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon, and Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky said it had what he wanted for that show: A lot of lighting and mood...very little dialogue,  about the action, simple stories, and the character. CRACKED.COM

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All the Ninja Turtles in the 2014 TMNT movie are based on movie stars. Leo is modelled after Russell Crowe (and Nelson Mandela), Mikey after Bill Murray, Donatello after Leonard Nimoy and Raphael after Clint Eastwood. CRACKED.COM

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Eagleton, Indiana Mini PARKS & REC stary Surp Eagi Pounde Gave Spea 230 Governmen QIA DE Gover oming visit of Pork and CRACKED COM Michael Schur said the city was based on his hometown's neighboring rival Simsbury, Connecticut. (Though most Hoosiers would say this is clearly Carmel, Indiana.)

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