It’s a cliche that inspiration is unpredictable but, like many cliches, there’s some truth in it if you dig deep enough. And it turns out that many pop culture characters were inspired by something totally left-field. For example:
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‘I never know what to get my father for his birthday. I gave him a hundred dollars and said, ‘Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.’ So he went out and bought a present for my mother.’