14 'Based On Real Life' Movies That Left Out Some Truly Riveting IRL Details
Turns out Alan Turing was friendlier than we thought!
If, like me, you're a fan of 'based on real life' movies, you'll know that the films sometimes alter or leave out the facts of their stories to create more cohesive stories.
1. The 1988 Jamaican bobsled team that Cool Runnings is based on were actually formed by the military.
2. Estée Lauder attempted to pay off the real-life Lee Isreal (from Can You Ever Forgive Me?) when the author began writing a biography about her.
3. The real-life mafia members portrayed in Goodfellas were involved in a Boston College basketball point-shaving scandal in the late seventies.
4. Despite what we see in Bohemian Rhapsody, real-life Jim Hutton had absolutely no idea who Freddie Mercury was the first time they met.
5. The real robbers that Masterminds was based on actually got locked out of their getaway van and spent twenty minutes trying to unlock it.
6. The Favourite didn't mention the fact that Sarah Churchill wrote homophobic propaganda poems against Queen Anne.
7. The King's Speech didn't tell us that Lionel Logue and the king actually hit it off from the first time they met.
8. While the actual Chris McCandless from Into The Wild DID die of poisoning, it could well have been a plant that was considered safe at the time that killed him, rather than the outright dangerous species we see in the movie.
9. The Imitation Game portrayed Alan Turing as the sole inventor of the code-breaking machine that helped Britain win WW2, but it had actually been partly invented by the time he started working on it.
10. Queen Mary most likely wouldn't have spoken like her character did in the movie Mary Queen of Scots.
11. John Nash (the inspiration for A Beautiful Mind) did have hallucinations, but they were nothing like what was shown in the movie.
13. The real-life Michael Oher (as seen in The Blind Side) was already a highly-skilled football player when he joined the Tuohy family, thank you very much.
14. Extemely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile didn't tell us how early on Ted Bundy's girlfriend began to suspect her boyfriend, or that he'd tried to kill her.
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