10 Fictional Characters You Didn’t Know Were Based On Real People

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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title=”Quasimodo gets his signature appearance from an actual historical figure, a sculptor working in Notre Dame in the 1800’s.”
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title=”Winnie the Pooh is based on Winnipeg the bear, a small black bear who lived in the London Zoo.”
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title=”The Cohen Brothers’ inspiration for Jeffery ‘The Dude’ Lebowski was producer and politcal activist Jeff Dowd.”
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title=”Christian Bale said he based his performance of Patrick Bateman in the film ‘American Psycho’ on Tom Cruise.”
content=”Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote the book, also said he considered Cruise an influence. Makes sense.

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title=”Movie murderers Norman Bates, Leatherface, and Buffalo Bill were all based on one serial killer: Ed Gein.”
content=”Gein is notorious for murdering his victims and keeping the cut-up pieces of their bodies around his farmhouse. When investigators raided his home, they found, among other things, “four noses, nine masks of human skin, a lampshade made from the skin from a human face, and a belt made from human female nipples.”

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