When Hollywood says that the movie is based on a true story, there is a strong likelihood that it is packed with huge chunk of lies for the purpose of entertainment. Often used as a marketing strategy to drench as much money as possible, take a look at some popular based on a true story movies that are filled with lies:
15. The Revenant (2015)
The must-see movie of 2015 is responsible for bestowing Leonardo DiCaprio’s very first and much deserved Academy Award. Leaving that aside, The Revenant is hardly like the real events it is inspired from.
First of all, there are no accounts that support the notion that Hugh Glass ever had a son. Furthermore, after rising from his grave, the survivor did not track down John Fitzgerald and Jim Bridger because he was motivated by revenge. In fact, Glass went after them to retrieve his rifle, knife and other equipment they stole from him.
Shockingly, Glass pursued both and forgave Bridger and warned Fitzgerald to never leave the army or else he would kill him. No physical violence ever took place as depicted in the movie. In case you are wondering, the grizzly bear mauling scene is entirely true!
14. Argo (2012)
Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winning three including Best Picture, Argo is based on a real escape plan but most of the events are highly exaggerated and not true.
In fact, the major character of Lester Siegel is purely fictional and the real Mark Lijek calls the movie a “nightmarish alternate universe”. Tough words from the man who actually lived the movie. Not only that, but director Ben Affleck admits the fictional presentation as he argued:
“Because we say it’s based on a true story, rather than this is a true story, we’re allowed to take some dramatic license.”
13. The Hurt Locker (2008)
Apart from winning six Academy Awards, war movie The Hurt Locker will be also remembered for making director Kathryn Bigelow the first ever female film-maker to win an Oscar for Best Director. Though the movie was met with critical acclaim, it had a negative response from veterans.
Iraq veteran Kate Hoit referred the movie as:
“Hollywood’s version of the Iraq war and of the soldiers who fight it, and their version is inaccurate.”
And former British bomb disposal officer Guy Marot felt that the movie makes them look like:
“hot-headed, irrational adrenaline junkies with no self-discipline.”
12. The Amityville Horror (2005)
Based on the alleged experiences of the family of George and Kathy Lutz moving to a house on Long Island, The Amityville Horror received so many negative reviews that not even leading star Ryan Reynolds could save it.
Worst of all, the real George Lutz was utterly shocked by his inaccurate portrayal in the horror movie and denounced the film as “drivel”. Even at the time of his death, Lutz attempted to sue the movie makers for defamation and untruthfulness.
11. Straight Outta Compton (2014)
The movie reduces the role of founding member Arabian Prince to a brief, uncredited cameo and completely omits Dr. Dre’s constant assaults on female associates.
10. 21 (2008)
There is no doubt that the heist drama movie 21 did a fair job to represent the cunningness of the MIT Blackjack Team but made one major and controversial difference: the main players were Asian-Americans and not White Americans.
Nick Rogers of The Enterprise stated:
“The real-life students mostly were Asian-Americans, but 21 whitewashes its cast and disappointingly lumps its only Asian-American actors (Aaron Yoo and Liza Lapira) into one-note designations as the team’s kleptomaniac and a slot-playing ‘loser.'”
9. The Hurricane (1999)
Hollywood is truly a master of deception as it can make a villain a hero and vice-versa. The biopic The Hurricane showcases middleweight boxer Robin “Hurricane” Carter being wrongfully convicted for a murder and spending almost 20 years in prison until some lawyers find a key evidence to prove his innocence.
That is all well and good but the movie is far from true events. Though there is no proof that Carter committed the crime but there are several accounts that suggest he did.
He stabbed a man at the age of 11, was discharged from the army after four courts-martial, and arrested for two muggings before his sentence for murder.
As far as the so-called wrongful conviction is concerned, Carter failed a lie detector test and witnesses who provided Carter’s alibi admitted that they have been asked to lie.
So how was Carter released from prison in real-life? Because the prosecution failed to turn over evidence but that is not impressive enough to be incorporated in a movie, right?
8. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Believe it or not, the life of Nobel Laureate John Nash is much less complicated as shown in biopic A Beautiful Mind. While he did struggle with mental illness, made contributions in game theory and taught at Princeton University, Nash never had hallucinations.
In fact, the entire elements of phantom roommate, supervisor William Parcher and the little girl are completely false but that is Hollywood for you as the movie had to include something to win four Academy Awards including one for Best Picture out of eight nominations.