It's always interesting to find out where the architects of pop culture get their ideas. These may surprise you.
PRINCESS LEIA'S HAIR:
According to the "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, "I was trying to create something different, so I went with the kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman look. The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico."
Modeled after Bob Home's movie persona, "in which he played the coward for laughs before ending up the reluctant hero."
The title of Foreigner's 1978 hit song came from a hockey injury. Frontman Lou Grammm was at a NewYork Rangers game when the goalie was knocked in the head with a stick. After the dazed player was taken off the ice, the arena announcer reported that he was "suffering double vision."
The protagonist in Carl Sagan's novel "Contact" (played by Jodie Foster in the movie) was based on a real-life SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) member Jill Tarter, who "has logged more telescope hours in the search for cosmic company than any other human on the planet."
CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW:
Johnny Depp based his character in "Pirates of the Caribbean" on a mix of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and the amorous cartoon skunk, Pepe LePew.
Both the novel and film were based on reports of an actual exorcism performed on a 14-year old boy in Maryland in 1949, the last official case of exorcism in the United States.
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE:
Songwriter Kris Kristofferson got his inspiration from a scene in Fellini's movie "La Strada". When Anthony Quinn realizes that Giulietta Masina is dead, "he suddenly realized he was free but he was also the loneliest son of a bitch in the world. It showed the two sides of freedom - that freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose."