9 Beloved Fictional Characters Who'd Have a Rough Time in the Real World

1. Dennis the Menace

Dennis is a menace who terrorizes his neighborhood, and one elderly man in particular, poor Mr. Wilson. Yet Dennis's parents don't seem to have a problem with the fact that he always carries a slingshot in his pocket. Nowadays, this menace would find himself in juvenile hall by his sixth birthday.

2. George Jetson

George Jetson always seems to be irritated and angry, which often leads to him yelling and screaming at his wife. I would assume his neighbors would have heard at least a few of these tantrums. If his temper didn't get him arrested for domestic violence, his mistreatment of Astro, the family dog, would make him an obvious target of various anti-animal-cruelty societies.

3. Bam Bam

As with the case of Dennis the Menace's slingshot, no one in Bedrock seems to be concerned that Bam Bam always carries a club. Nor do his parents appear to be concerned with his frequent displays of aggressive and violent behavior. Bam Bam has no regard for others' safety, and today this would cause him to be in counseling and/or medicated for his ADHD.

4. Nelson Muntz

One of America's most beloved bullies, Nelson's "haw, haw" is one of TV's most iconic catch phrases. But he is a bully and, with anti-bullying legislation being passed in every state, it is safe to assume that Springfield would fall under similar laws to protect children from all forms of bullying. So, Nelson would likely find himself under the watchful eye of a child psychiatrist, medicated, or placed into a special class with students who have similar aggression issues.

5. The Little Rascals

Who doesn't love a bunch of cute kids who always seem to be up to no good, causing mayhem wherever they go? Well, that kind of reckless vandalism and disregard for common courtesy doesn't sit too well with people in the present. They would be rounded up by the police in five minutes. Not to mention, they have a dog that is obviously not registered nor neutered.

6. Pepe Le Pew

In every cartoon we've ever seen of Pepe Le Pew, he's chasing a female and not taking "no" for an answer. In today's world, we call that stalking, and this would likely result in a restraining order.

7. Wile E. Coyote

In a day and age with a lingering fear of terrorist attacks, when even saying the word "bomb" can result in a heavy fine and some jail time, anyone with unlimited stockpiles of dynamite and rockets would be very suspicious to the FBI. His reckless behavior and obsession with explosives would make him a serious national concern.

8. Elmer Fudd

We all love Elmer's antics and can quote his iconic phrase: "Be very, very quiet. I'm hunting wabbits." But with all the hunting laws and regulations today, I have to believe that Elmer's obsession with hunting "wabbits" year round would definitely not always coincide with official rabbit-hunting season and regulations.

9. Donald Duck

Donald Duck is one of Disney's most beloved characters, and he's also one of history's most confusing cartoons. The big question often asked in reference to Donald is not about his apparent speech impediment, but "Why does he wrap a towel around his waist when he gets out of the shower, but he doesn't wear pants?" It would be safe to assume that Donald's exhibitionism would get him locked up for indecency in nearly any town or city.

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Jack Torrance's Corduroy Jacket from The Shining Can Be Yours (If You've Got $12,000 to Spare)
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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy … but at least he's stylish. In a 60-year career full of memorable performances, Jack Nicholson's role in The Shining as Jack Torrance—the husband, father, and blocked writer who convinces his family to move to an empty ski resort for the winter so that he can finally finish writing the great American novel, then slowly descends into madness—remains one of his most iconic, and terrifying, characters. Now, via Italian auction house Aste Bolaffi, director Stanley Kubrick's former assistant and longtime friend Emilio D'Alessandro is giving fans of the brilliantly nuanced psychological drama the chance to own a piece of the movie's history, including the burgundy corduroy jacket that Nicholson wore throughout the movie.

According to the item's listing, the jacket was chosen by Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero "after Jack Nicholson insisted it should be worn by his character, Jack Torrance, and a small number of it were made for the shooting of the film." It's a perfect accessory for a variety of activities, including shooting the breeze with a cocktail-serving ghost or chasing your family through a hedge maze in the middle of a snowstorm. Just be ready to pay a pretty penny for it: the bidding starts at €10,000, or just north of $12,000.

The jacket is one of many pieces of original Kubrick memorabilia going up for sale: props from A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut, and Full Metal Jacket are among the other items up for grabs (for the right price), as is a rare cut of The Shining featuring a never-released scene. "These cuts, given by Kubrick to D'Alessandro, are particularly rare because the director notoriously burned all the leftovers at the conclusion of the editing," according to the listing.

You can browse the entire auction catalog, here.

[h/t IndieWire]

5 Things We Know About Deadpool 2

After Deadpool pocketed more than $750 million worldwide in its theatrical run, a sequel was put on the fast track by Fox to capitalize on the original's momentum. It's a much different position to be in for a would-be franchise that was stuck in development hell for a decade, and with Deadpool 2's May 18, 2018 release date looming, the slow trickle of information is going to start picking up speed—beginning with the trailer, which just dropped. Though most of the movie is still under wraps, here's what we know so far about the next Deadpool.


The tendency with comic book movie sequels is to keep cramming more characters in until the main hero becomes a supporting role. While Deadpool 2 is set to expand the cast from the first film with the addition of Domino (Zazie Beetz), the return of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and the formation of X-Force, writer Rhett Reese is adamant about still making sure it's a Deadpool movie.

"Yeah, it’ll be a solo movie," Reese told Deadline. "It’ll be populated with a lot of characters, but it is still Deadpool’s movie, this next one."


Fans have been waiting for Cable to come to theaters ever since the first X-Men movie debuted in 2000, but up until now, the silver-haired time traveler has been a forgotten man. Thankfully, that will change with Deadpool 2, and he'll be played by Josh Brolin, who is also making another superhero movie appearance in 2018 as the villain Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. In the comics, Cable and Deadpool are frequent partners—they even had their own team-up series a few years back—and that dynamic will play out in the sequel. The characters are so intertwined, there were talks of possibly having him in the original.

"It’s a world that’s so rich and we always thought Cable should be in the sequel," Reese told Deadline. "There was always debate whether to put him in the original, and it felt like we needed to set up Deadpool and create his world first, and then bring those characters into his world in the next one."

Cable is actually the son of X-Men member Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey named Madelyne Pryor (that's probably the least confusing thing about him, to be honest). While the movie might not deal with all that history, expect Cable to still play a big role in the story.


Although Deadpool grossed more than $750 million worldwide and was a critical success, it still wasn't enough to keep original director Tim Miller around for the sequel. Miller recently came out and said he left over concerns that the sequel would become too expensive and stylized. Instead, Deadpool 2 will be helmed by John Wick (2014) director David Leitch. Despite the creative shuffling, the sequel will still feature star Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

“He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action," Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly of Leitch's hiring. "One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10 to 15 times what it cost,"


No, this won't be the title of the movie when it hits theaters, but the working title for Deadpool 2 while it was in production was, appropriately, Love Machine.


The natural instinct for any studio is to make the sequel to a hit film even bigger. More money for special effects, more action scenes, more everything. That's not the direction Deadpool 2 is likely heading in, though, despite Miller's fears. As producer Simon Kinberg explained, it's about keeping the unique tone and feel of the original intact.

"That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger," Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly. "We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie."


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