TV/Film Characters Impressed By Actual-Life Folks

Generally the best inspo comes from issues which are round you, and that could not be extra true in TV and flicks. Here is a roundup of fictional characters impressed by folks IRL:


To begin, Severus Snape was one of many pillars of the Harry Potter franchise. However do you know J.Ok. Rowling’s real-life chemistry trainer, John Nettleship, was the inspiration for him?


Buzz Aldrin is known for being the second man to step foot on the moon, and he is additionally the rationale why house ranger Buzz Lightyear bought his title.


The inspiration for the fabulous Miss Piggy got here from jazz singer Peggy Lee. Initially known as Miss Piggy Lee, the title was shortened to keep away from upsetting the vocalist.


You possibly can at all times depend on Indiana Jones to go on an awesome tour so it is no surprise the famed explorer was primarily based on precise archaeologists like Hiram Bingham, Roy Chapman Andrews, and Sir Leonard Woolley. Bonus: creator George Lucas additionally drew inspo from the Nineteen Thirties serials he liked.


Seinfeld co-creator Larry David revealed he primarily based Cosmo Kramer on his former neighbor and comic Kenny Kramer, who was paid $1000 for his final title to be featured on the present.


Star Wars: The Power Awakens director J.J. Abrams honored his late English trainer Rose Gilbert by creating Maz Kanata (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o).


There’s at all times a motive behind a reputation, and promoting exec Draper Daniels (best-known for the Marlboro Man marketing campaign) left his stamp with Mad Males’s Don Draper. Inspiration was additionally drawn from promoting tycoon, Invoice Backer, well-known for his work with Coca-Cola.


Golfer Edith Baker is on the root of The Nice Gatsby’s Jordan Baker’s origin story as her character additionally performs the identical sport.


Entourage’s Vincent Chase (performed by Adrien Grenier) had true Hollywood ties with actor Mark Wahlberg serving as the primary inspiration.


As soon as Upon a Time… in Hollywood launched us to stuntman Cliff Sales space (performed by Brad Pitt). Nonetheless, you won’t have realized that Hal Needham, an actual Hollywood stuntman throughout the ’50s and ’60s, was the one who impressed director, Quentin Tarantino.


Not solely was Judy Smith the muse for Scandal’s Olivia Pope, however she additionally made historical past by being the primary Black girl to ship a White Home press briefing.


When Ethan Hawke was prepping for his function as Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight he appeared to the personas of real-life folks to deliver to the display. “For me, it was like putting Jimmy Swaggart, Leo Tolstoy, (Fidel) Castro, the Dalai Lama, and Josef Mengele into a blender,” he mentioned. “That was the fun of it: What if Steve Jobs was a bad guy?”


From the books to the silver display, creator P.L. Travers celebrated his great-aunt Helen Morehead by basing the beloved Mary Poppins on her.


Heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano’s combating type and title are to thank in case you’ve ever loved Sylvester Stallone’s efficiency within the Rocky movie sequence.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could have ditched his work in drugs to pursue writing, however his most well-known character really got here to be because of his former career. Dr. Joseph Bell, one of many creator’s medical faculty professors, was the premise for the witty detective, Sherlock Holmes.


Jurassic Park’s Dr. Alan Grant (performed by Sam Neill) was modeled after Jack Horner, who works as a paleontologist IRL.


Lastly, famed broadcaster Mort Crim served because the inspiration for Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy (performed by Will Ferrell). And sure, he too has that well-groomed hair and voice made for TV in case you have been questioning.

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