ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

There are plenty of people in the world who would want nothing more than to see their lives turned into a movie. To be able to look back on your legacy told through the eye of a camera lens would be a dream for some, for others it was a nightmare.

The following six subjects of true story movies were less than impressed with how they were portrayed, and the aftermath of the film:

1. Conjuring House, The Conjuring

Okay, it's not necessarily the house itself that's mad, those who are currently living in the Rhode Island farmhouse have taken up issue with Warner Bros.

Since The Conjuring was released in 2013, fans of the horror film have reportedly been flocking to the farmhouse that the movie is based on, much to the dismay of Norma Sutcliff. In an interview with CBS news she announced her decision to sue the studio for the spectacle her house has become since.

The Internet was bombarded by people who were actually going around the property, filming. ... We had harassing phone calls in the middle of the night. They've had discussions of people destroying the house because 'it's so full of evil.'

She might be seeking monetary compensation for the damages, but she's also hoping this lawsuit will have a more lasting effect on the entertainment industry as a whole:

If anything comes out of this, is to get the industry to understand how they affect real people.

2. Julian Assange, The Fifth Estate

In 2013, Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed one of the most controversial real-life characters at the time, Wikileaks' Julian Assange even reached out to the actor giving reasons as to why he shouldn't work on the project.

There are dozens of positive books about WikiLeaks, but Dreamworks decided to base its script only on the most toxic. So toxic is the first book selected by Dreamworks that it is distributed to US military bases as a mechanism to discourage military personnel from communicating with us.Dreamworks’ second rights purchase is the next most toxic, biased book. Published and written by people we have had a bitter contractual dispute with for years, whose hostility is well known. Neither of these two books were the first to be published and there are many independent authors who have written positive or neutral books, all of whom Dreamworks ignored.

Even though Cumberbatch still decided to portray the character, Assange appears to harbor no ill will towards him, going on to say:

Cumberbatch tried to ameliorate the script but unfortunately with limited success...though I'm pleased he tried..

3. Hunter "Patch" Adams, Patch Adams

Audiences far and wide were mesmerized by Robin Williams' portrayal of Hunter "Patch" Adams, the namesake of the film wasn't nearly as happy about his portrayal as the rest of us were. After the classic film came out, Patch Adams told Renaissance Universal Magazine:

We put up fake, meaningless heroes to completely divert intelligence from our population. So, our kind of work, if anything, is denigrated... After the movie, there wasn't a single positive article about our work or me. There were dumb, stupid, meaningless things... it made my children cry. They actually thought that they didn't know the person they were reading about

4. Ramapo Mountain people, Into the Furnace

Leonardo DiCaprio was in hot water after producing the 2013 film Into the Furnace for the negative depictions of the Ramapough Mountain Indians. The court documents claimed:

Each have had an extremely negative effect on the Plaintiff’s community. It is extremely embarrassing to the Plaintiffs. Plaintiffs and their family members are harassed and discriminated against. The children are teased at school.
The conduct of the defendants constitutes defamation … The Plaintiffs are not the worst people, do not live in trailer homes, are not involved in an underground bare-knuckle fight ring, and do not live in a self-contained world of drugs and violence.

The studio responded that the film was entire a work of fiction, and a judge later dismissed the lawsuit.

5. Michael Oher, The Blind Side

While The Blind Side's real-life model, Michael Oher, is happy to admit that the movie is "inspiring to tons of people all over the world," it isn't exactly the story he wanted to tell. He told The Los Angeles Times:

...the main problem I have is with the football part of it. Sports is all I had growing up, and the movie made me look like I didn't know anything.

6. Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network

The social media magnate wasn't definitely thrilled with Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network, but he's been taking the film's outcome in better stride in recent years. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Zuckerberg noted just one of the film's many inaccuracies:

It’s pretty interesting to see what parts they got right and what parts they got wrong. I think that they got every single T-shirt that they had the Mark Zuckerberg character wear right; I think I own all of those T-shirts. And they got the sandals right and all that. But… there are hugely basic things that they got wrong, too. [They] made it seem like my whole motivation for building Facebook was so I could get girls, right? And they completely left out the fact that my girlfriend, I've been dating since before I started Facebook.

7. Whitey Bulger and Kevin Weeks, Black Mass

It should come as no surprise that the subject of this year's Black Mass, Whitey Bulger wasn't too happy about what we learned about him this year. Through his attorney, Bulger conveyed his displeasure in the movie saying that they got it all wrong.

Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned. Hollywood greed is behind the rush to portray my client, and the movie missed the real scourge created in my client’s case, the real menace to Boston during that time and in other mob cases around the country – the federal government’s complicity in each and every one of those murders with the top echelon informant program.

Before you get too excited about dipping their toes into Hollywood pool, maybe think it over first.


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