Movies that angered their real-life characters

We’ve all thought about having a movie made about our lives, right? Even if our lives are incredibly dull, we still think they’re super interesting, and should definitely be the basis for the latest, great, Hollywood blockbuster. How many times have we been asked the question “Who would play you in a film of your life?” This is one of those dreams we all have that is unlikely to ever become a reality unless we turn out to be remarkable people.

Of course, there are plenty of people throughout history who have had movies made about their lives. The thing is, it doesn’t always go the way we assume it would, and sometimes the truth is left on the cutting room floor. So, these are some of the top movies out there based on people’s lives, that actually ended up angering the very people they were based on!

The Blind Side

This Academy Award-winning movie is based on the life of professional football star Michael Oher. Taken in by a middle-class white family as a young boy, Oher graduated to the NFL and learned how to become a man in the process. The movie received critical acclaim, and Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal. But, Oher, the subject of the movie, has claimed the film has hurt his career. He disputes his portrayal in the film, along with many of the creative licenses that were taken with his story.

Straight Outta Compton

This controversial NWA biopic was always going to ruffle a few feathers. And, for a group famed for its infighting, we guess it stands to reason that a couple of the former members were unhappy with the film. Ice Cube produced it, and his son plays him in the flick, so as you’d imagine he’s fine with it. However, DJ Yella, and MC Ren, the two lesser-known members of the group, received very little screen time, with Ren calling his part nothing more than a glorified extra.

Saving Jessica Lynch

This movie centers around the real-life case of Jessica Lynch, an American soldier who became a POW in Iraq, and whose rescue became the subject of this movie. Unfortunately, as with many movies of this ilk, there were a fair few liberties taken, and this didn’t go down too well with Lynch. In the interests of heightening tension, there were plenty of things portrayed in the film that never actually happened in real life, and Lynch has gone to great lengths to stress this.


Sully was a hugely successful movie about the hero pilot who pulled off a stunning emergency landing on the Hudson River back in ‘09 and managed to prevent any deaths. You’d think with Tom Hanks starring, and Clint Eastwood helming, this one would be as accurate as they come. And you’d be wrong. It’s the hearing and the drawn-out investigations in the aftermath that the film depicts that are not accurate. In fact, Chesley Sullenberger, the real-life Sully, has called the level of accuracy in the movie around the same as Sharknado 2!

There are plenty more movies that have aggravated the people who were their subject matter, and we’re sure there are even more who would take exception if they’d not been dead for a good many years. You see, real-life is kinda dull, even when it’s exciting, and movies have to stimulate and hold interest, so it seems only natural that some people would take liberties.