Truth is stranger than fiction, and sometimes it’s also more disturbing. Here are eight people (and one fish) who inspired the creation of cinematic bad guys.
9. Vlad III Dracula
“The Impaler” had such a reputation for violence and cruelty that his legend lives on as the granddaddy of all vampires, thanks to Bram Stoker’s novel using his name.
8. Elizabeth Bathory
This Hungarian countess with connections to Transylvanian royalty tortured and killed so many young women that legends claimed she bathed in their blood to preserve her vitality, securing her a place in vampire lore.
7. The Jersey Shore Maneater
The Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 were the inspiration for Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel Jaws, which became Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster… and perhaps THE first blockbuster.
The pop culture aficionados at Vulture.com are teaming up with IFC to develop a brand new unscripted series. The Vulture Show will deliver smart, irreverent and ‘slightly off’ entertainment news, covering TV, movies, music, art, books, theater and celebrities with the outlet’s signature, sharp perspective.
“IFC has found the perfect pop culture accomplice with New York Magazine’s Vulture,” said Christine Lubrano, SVP, Original Programming, IFC. “We look forward to developing a show that provides our viewers with a sophisticated and humorous first-look at all things entertainment before it’s the news everyone is buzzing about.”
“It’s fitting that we bring Vulture to TV with IFC, whose offbeat sensibility matches our own,” said Adam Moss, Editor-in-Chief, New York Magazine. “We’ve had a tremendous response to our Vulture Festival events, and are excited for this next incarnation of Vulture.”
Wednesdays are tough. You’re halfway through the week, but there’s still half of the week left. Luckily Wednesdays mean brand new Maron, with yet another chance to gain some much needed wisdom from Marc Maron. This week Marc continues to dig himself out of his own personal hell, making us all wiser in the process. Before you catch tonight’s Maron, check out some Marc quotes to get you over “Hump Day.”
1. Set realistic diet goals.
Instead of looking up how many calories you have left for today’s nutritional intake, admit that you just want something of the whipped and creamy variety.
2. Assert yourself into the conversation.
Instead of letting people walk all over you, be like Marc and demand to be heard…even if it’s just to tell someone to shut up.
3. Trust no one. Except Marc.
Instead of trying to figure out which friend could keep a secret, admit that you yourself couldn’t keep a secret to save your life.
4. Minimize your shortcomings.
Instead of blaming the world for your failures, admit when it’s your own damned fault…to a point.
5. Celebrate accomplishments. Even minor ones.
Instead of wishing for greater success, take pride in the ways that you have excelled without judgment.
6. Remember that every day is filled with potential.
Just make sure you have enough coffee.
7. Demand proof from others.
Instead of potentially being in someone’s shadow, throw doubt on anything they haven’t properly documented.
8. Take a moment to reflect.
There’s a first time for everything.
9. Be honest about where you’re at right now.
Instead of avoiding embarrassment, embrace it.
10. And finally, remember the important things in life.
Instead of bemoaning the inadequacies of your relationships, perhaps due in part to items 1 through 9, just focus on the physical.
It ain’t no stage persona: Marc Maron is an anxious, angry, complicated fellow. In a recent interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, the Maron star described how he’s beset by constant anxiety, self-hatred, and general unease, which he considers his “uncomfortable” comfort zone. “Being sort of anxious and uncomfortable has really been my home base, innately,” he said. “And I don’t know how to change that, and that’s really the challenge for me now.”
A former addict himself, Marc also discussed the difficulty of portraying his TV character’s drug relapse, downfall, and rehabilitation — a fear he’s glad “happened in fiction and not in real life.”
Click here to listen to Marc Maron’s deep and revealing interview with NPR’s Terry Gross on Fresh Air.