"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story," has long been the mantra of filmmakers when crafting a biopic. And who could blame them? The average life is messy, has too many characters, and usually fails to have a Hollywood ending. So screenwriters massage the details - dropping a first wife here, losing an unflattering habit there - to make their character appealing enough for the ticket-paying masses. But it's a slippery slope - a fudged fact can quickly slide into outright fiction.
Photo by The Weinstein Company/Transmission Films Jan 23, 2013
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