ByMike DiGirolamo, writer at Creators.co
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This is a group of humans of which I found to be more interesting in real life than they were on screen. That isn't to discount the efforts of the films that sought to depict them (biographical or not). I'm not here to bash these films. I'm here to point out that there are some REALLY interesting people out there and sometimes we make movies about them. These guys and gals got movies made about them, but in my honest opinion the films don't really show the truly interesting parts about each individual person. Some facts you will learn here were not even shown in their respective films. That's interesting.

Patch Adams

Patch graduated medical school at age 26.
Patch graduated medical school at age 26.

Hunter Adams is a truly interesting person. At the age of 18, he became so disenfranchised with our society, and the meanness that permeated our culture that he attempted suicide 3 times in one year. Then he went to college and completed medical school. He "agreed to become famous" with the production of Patch Adams in the cause that it might help fund the hospital he was trying to create with The Gesundheit Institute. A free hospital. Since this movie Hunter Adams continues working around the world. For many years of his life as a practicing physician, Hunter Adams did not making a living at it at all. He had to take on other jobs in order to pay to be a physician as did many of hs partners.

I'd call that an interesting person.

Ed Wood

I guess he kinda does look like Johnny Depp.
I guess he kinda does look like Johnny Depp.

Say what you want about Johnny Depp's performance, but it's nowhere near as interesting as the fact that this man actually existed. Many of the things he did were considered socially taboo (and still are), but he did them and didn't really bat an eyelash at it. What's even stranger is that he was a very passionate filmmaker who made "bad" movies. They are considered incredibly terrible. Don't know why, but the fact that this person is not a fictional character is more interesting to me than his Hollywood bio-pic.

Howard Hughes

Hughes. Age 32.
Hughes. Age 32.

Where do I start this person? Hughes is not your average human. He is super-human. The Martin Scorcese film The Aviator is undoubtedly a great movie, but it's oddly enough just not as interesting as the actual man himself.

At age 22, Howard Hughes was a big budget feature film director, a pilot, and a multi-millionaire. You can probably count the number of people that fit that profile on 2 fingers.

By age 33 he had flown around the world in 91 hours setting a world record. The amount of people that fit his profile after that equals exactly zero. He's a one of a kind. There is no other Howard Hughes.

Jeannie M. Flynn (Leavitt)

Inspiration.
Inspiration.

"Wait. This isn't a movie character!" You're right. Colenol Leavitt (formerly Lieutenant Flynn) was the first female fighter pilot. Ever. How about them apples?

How a movie hasn't been made about her is beyond my comprehension. Granted it only happened 22 years ago when she graduated flight training. It's still an amazing milestone.

If Col. Leavitt can do it, so can you. That is the takeaway here. Nothing is impossible. So, make a movie about her already.

Gandhi

He stopped violence with a stare. For real.
He stopped violence with a stare. For real.

Yeah. Ben Kingsley did a smashing good job of playing this peacemaker, but seriously, Ganhi is so much cooler in real life. I mean, this dude was INCREDIBLE. Here, read up on it.


Rosa Parks

I saved the best for last.
I saved the best for last.

Equality. We're all about it right? You know what, even in the year 2015 I still say we have a long way to go. Something I cannot fathom is that my father was 6 years old when Rosa Parks refused to move from her seat. To me that is insane. My Dad is in his 60's. By no means is he knocking on heavens door, but it just astonishes me that this was really not that long ago. In only two days, it will have been 60 years since this incident occured. That's it. A mere sixty years ago. Any movie (or made for TV movie) is far less interesting than the actual real life account of this. Rosa's feet didn't hurt, she has stated that she was only 42 years old when this happend and she was not at all tired. Only tired of being pushed around.

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