Have you ever wondered how come we've never really seen Tom Cruise and Christian Bale work together? Might have something to do with Bale admitting he partly based Patrick Bateman from American Psycho on Cruise. More on that and 27 other bizarre inspirations behind famous movies and shows: 

A region of Middle-earth was partly inspired by WWI battlefields. Tolkien, who was in WWI, said that the Dead Marshes (on the path to Mordor) owe something to Northern France after the Battle of the Somme. CRACKED.COM


Springfield THE SIMPSONS SPRINGFIELD CRACKED COM Matt Groening confirmed it's supposed to be set in Springfield, Oregon and liked how the name was so common.


Pixar's Luca was actually inspired by the style of Hayao Miyazaki movies. The village where the movie takes place, Portorosso, is even an homage to a Miyazaki movie - Porco Rosso. CRACKED. .COM


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