17 “Fictional” TV Characters Based on Real People

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Lucious Lyon from Empire


You might be surprised to know that Lucious is loosely based on Jay-Z. But considering the rapper’s rise to fame after a life of crime, we can see how he inspired the character. In an interview, Empire co-creator Danny Strong said: “The Jay-Z story, which very much inspired Lucious Lyon, certain elements of Lucious Lyon, was that story. For me, the story of people who have some sort of criminal past, or gangster past are not limited to black culture. … Our goal is to tell a great story, and to do the best show we can.”

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