Art is one of the best things in life. It allows us to express our innermost thoughts, ideas, and social commentary on things happening today. But creating art, no matter the form, requires inspiration. And as people, we usually draw this inspiration from our real lives. Whether it’s our own selves, something we’ve witnessed, an old movie, or other people we know – we can’t seem to separate art from reality.
Even the most imaginative pieces of fiction are drawn from past experiences, from thoughts and philosophies we carry of the world, and characters are made of human emotions we’ve come to experience. But some characters aren’t just based on things that we’ve experienced, but based on a particular person. It can be someone we know personally, a celebrity drawing attention to their lives or their work, or someone who became famous because of something that happened to them. Either way, stories are much better when they’re based on real-life events, and if the viewers know the story, it’s even better. They say reality can exceed all imagination, and we agree. These characters were loosely based or inspired by real-life people – their appearance, their personality, their job, or their story. It makes for great TV shows and films, but not all of them take it very well. Read on to see which of your favorite characters is actually more reality than fiction.
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Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones, Richard Gere, and the rest of the cast wowed us with their incredible performances, in the 2002 musical film Chicago. The icnonic Broadway musical was based on the 1926 satirical play of the same name, and they were all based on the story of Beulah Annan, who was suspected of killing her lover, Harry Kalstedt.
As she was tried for the alleged crime, Annan apparently changed her version of the story several times. Her final version concluded that she had told Kalstedt she was expecting a child, the two struggled, and as the famous Chicago song goes – they had “both reached for the gun.”
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