Movie characters based on real people, and characters based on historical figures specifically, are nothing new. Sometimes, films just happen to be about real events that really happened in real life. But plenty of films are more loosely based on history or just feature historical settings. In those movies, the occasional character can pop up who seems fictional, but isn’t. Or sometimes fictional characters might not be exact representations of people from the past, but are based on historical figures.
Nothing beats the feeling of connecting with an iconic film character, then finding out they were once a living, breathing person. In some cases, they’re the sort of people you'd want to have dinner with - and others are the sort you're glad aren’t still walking around.
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