12 "Based On True Stories" That Hollywood Totally Changed
The truth, the whole truth, and anything but the truth.
Sony PicturesIf there's one thing Hollywood execs like more than franchises, it's cocaine. And if there's one thing they like more than cocaine, it's amazing true life stories. The safer the bet these days in tinsel town, the better - with the economy in the toilet, the Pirate Bay still sailing and Netflix into their profit margins, producers are more likely to make films that are either sequels, remakes, or adaptations from existing properties (you're as likely to find an exec in a Young Adult section of a bookstore as the Olive Garden). Then there are the ripped-from-the-headlines biopics and "non-fiction" stories that audiences will see so they can go "Wow, that really happened?" afterward. Which is a total fallacy, because it's rare that what transpires in these films is what really happened. Even a documentary isn't going to tell the whole truth, since there's a degree of editorialising and the filmmaker's agenda creeping into what they chose to film and what they choose to show the audience. With the straight-up biopics and the like there's any number of reasons for things getting changed: to fit things into a more cohesive narrative structure (life doesn't tend to do the whole three acts, save the cat thing), to edit out some bad parts, or to put more white people in it. These are twelve examples of "true stories" that Hollywood totally changed.