The other day, I saw an ad on TV for the new Ben Stiller movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. As I watched it, I realised that I had, yet again, seemingly made a wrong assumption about someone’s status as a real person - somehow I had previously filed Walter Mitty in the ‘real people’ section of my brain.
In my defense, I had never heard of the story, only heard people refer to Walter Mitty in movies and on TV. To be honest, if you’d asked me a week ago who Walter was, I would have guessed that he was a Richard Nixon era politician. Yeah, WTF, how did I get that impression? No idea.
Anyway, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard people mentioned in movies, on TV, or in books, and made the wrong guess on their status as either a real person or a fictional character. For instance:
-Daniel Boone. I assumed Daniel was just a fictional character in a TV show.
-Lord Byron. Another real person that I had assumed was made up. I only found out a year ago that he was real when he was mentioned in a doco about Mary Shelly.
And in the fictional characters that I somehow thought were real category, along with Walter Mitty, there was
-Don Quixote.I don’t know how, but I had the idea he was some sort of real life Mexican revolutionary.
So, please tell me I’m not ‘special’. Are there any people who you’ve heard or read about and you assumed they were fictional only to later find out that they were real, or vice versa?
*There is another category - well known real people about whom I made very wrong assumptions: Up until 2001 when he got a lot of coverage in the news, I had thought Rudi Giuliani was a black woman. :smack: