We often see many movies, television shows, etc being inspired by real life heroes, that is, art imitating life. But there are as many examples of life imitating art. Here are some examples showing how life actually imitates art.
1. There is really a meth kingpin named Walter White
A television show named BREAKING BAD which started in 2008 is about a man named Walter white who first becomes a meth cook and then a drug kingpin after being diagnosed with cancer. Around the same time when BREAKING BAD was premiered there was a real life Walter White, who was a meth cook and was convicted for the similar issue. Well, that is some imitation!!!
2. Robocop 2 predicted the bankruptcy of Detroit
Robocop is an all time favorite action film. RoboCop though not so successful as RoboCop was the future version of what happened in Detroit a year after. In RoboCop 2 the city of Detroit is forced to declare bankruptcy and many of its services were contracted to private firms. The exact same thing happened actually over a year. But alas! In the real world, there is no RoboCop to save the city from bad guys, but there is a new campaign to build a statue of RoboCop in the Motown.
3. Russel was targeted of kidnapping while promoting Proof of Life
In 2000, PROOF OF LIFE, starring Russel Crowe and Meg Ryan was released which was centered around a high profile kidnapping case. During the promotion of the film Crowe was actually targeted for kidnapping and it was not just a crazy fan sending threat. The case was so serious that FBI and Scotland yard was involved and provided protection for Crowe.
4. The ending to the movie K-9 happened two years later
In 1991, a police dog named Koton was shot and killed during the investigation of a murder case. You must be thinking that you have heard this story. Well, this is the exact ending of the movie K-9. The shocking part is that the movie came two years before the actual incident!! Pretty shocking, isn’t it?
5. The British show predicted the fall of Margaret Thatcher
The British show HOUSE OF CARDS which is based on a novel, follows the British politics after the fall of Margaret Thatcher from power. The shocking fact is that Margaret Thatcher resigned in actual life one year after the release of the novel and shortly after BBC miniseries was first broadcasted. So it can either be said that the author of the novel was a political insider who saw the signs coming before Thatcher or that Thatcher was a superfan of the novel. Well, only if you don’t believe that people can actually see future !!
6. The movie Be Cool was a bad sequel about a bad sequel
The movie GET SHORTY, based on the Elmore Leonard novel, was a big success. It was a story of Chili Parmer, who was a loan shark and goes to Hollywood to collect vig from a movie producer and ends up selling his own story and becoming a producer. It was such a big hit that it’s sequel BE COOL was made. The sequel was about the sequel of the film in the previous film. In the movie, it was shown that the sequel crashed at the box office and is certainly what happened to BE COOL. So this is an example of life imitating art unknowingly.
7. Author becomes detective
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the most famous detective of all times Sherlock Holmes, once saved two men through becoming an off-the-book detective inspired by his own character Sherlock Holmes!! He proved the innocence of George Edalji by carefully deducing that the crime was committed by butcher’s son. And in second case he produced evidence in front of the judge which completely overturned the conviction.
8. A Chinese man imitates a Johnny Cash song
In 2003, a man named Zhang, who worked on a motorcycle assembly line, was caught in a unique robbery of a bike or rather you can say robbery of motorbike parts. He stole “one piece at a time” over 5 years just like the song “one piece at a time” by Johnny Cash. The only difference was that in the song the man, robs a car which he could not afford instead of a motorbike. If only he was not caught!!!
9. Test tube babies were first made in a song
The musical duo, Zager and Evans, wrote a song “In the year 2525” in 1964 and relesed it in 1968. In this song they talked about test tube babies. The amazing thing is that test tube babies were not a reality till 1978, one decade after the release of the song!! This song was the only big contribution of Zager and Evans for the musical world, so we can assume that they had the ability to see the future more than the ability to sing.
10. Ankle bracelets were invented in a comic book
Electronic ankle bracelets are used by the police for some years now. They are used on parolees to keep a check on them. The invention of this electronic bracelet looks like the work of a hard working scientist. Isn’t it? Well, you will be shocked to hear that it, in fact, is the invention of a children’s comic book. It was first used in a Spiderman comic book, from which a judge took this idea and made these ankle bracelets a reality which proved very useful for law enforcement.