There are few feelings quite
as unpleasant as walking out of a triumphant, life-affirming biopic… and then
immediately discovering the entire supposedly true story was hokum.
Yes, a great many movies
twist the truth in order to make the notoriously messy construct that is reality
fit the neat pre-ordained plot beats of a tight one hundred page screenplay.
But outside of rare cases
like Fargo and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, most films which claim to be based on a
true story at least make some attempt to hew near reality.
As a result, viewers come to
expect that biopics may avoid the harsher realities of their stories, but they
wouldn’t just make things up wholesale—would they?
Come on, this is Hollywood.
People don’t just make up lies in the movie industry. And yet this list is
filled with proof that a great many biopics are as far from being true to life
as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Some screwed with the truth
to make their heroes more sympathetic, some needed to scrap inconvenient
realities because they sapped narrative momentum, and some just let producers
colour-correct their own flaws. In every case, though, here are ten biopics that
flat out lied to you.