There have been quite a few movies where the central character was the soul of the movie — sometimes, the only reason to watch the movie. Some of these characters are so vicious or so intriguing that one cannot stop but imagine if there’s an element of reality in these characters. Not every character can be a figment of imagination and most of the times the writers take inspiration from their lives. And the touch of reality in these characters makes it even more interesting to watch. Here is a list of movies that contained characters which were inspired from real people:
12. Divine, Ursula (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
‘The Little Mermaid’ sea witch character is based on a drag queen of the 70s “Divine”. Divine had rocked the club scene with her songs like Pink, Flamingoes and Mondo Trasho. She had a peculiar way of dressing, which made her even more iconic. Disney leveraged her popularity and used it in their character and also made their voice over artists watch Divine’s performances. Hundreds of people tried to copy her voice until one Marcia Gilbrieth finally made the cut.
11. John Nettleship, Professor Snape (Harry Potter Series, 2001-11)
J.K Rowling had a chemistry teacher, Mr John Nettleship. He had long hair, short temper and loved picking on the bright students. He had a good heart and would help a lot of students when needed but otherwise he was a nightmare. So, when writing about Snape’s character, the first person that came to her mind was John Nettleship. When John read the sketch of Snape, he couldn’t believe that Rowling remembered him so well. He was apprehensive in the beginning but as the franchisee gained popularity, he became confident about the character.