The characters that define our popular culture always have to start somewhere. Here are 10 famous characters you never knew were based on real life people.
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Shrek's appearence is based on that of pro-wrestler Maurice Tillet, a man born with a rare disease called acromegaly.
Joker's signature look is derived from the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs. Of course, that movie is super creepy.
Quasimodo gets his signature appearance from an actual historical figure, a sculptor working in Notre Dame in the 1800's.
The Cohen Brothers' inspiration for Jeffery 'The Dude' Lebowski was producer and politcal activist Jeff Dowd.
Christian Bale said he based his performance of Patrick Bateman in the film 'American Psycho' on Tom Cruise.
Uncle Sam was inspired by Samuel Wilson, a meat-packer who sold his product to soldiers during the War Of 1812.
Movie murderers Norman Bates, Leatherface, and Buffalo Bill were all based on one serial killer: Ed Gein.
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