Jeffrey Lebowski is sort of like the movie version of Kramer -- everyone knows there's a real Dude out there, but you always sort of imagine him looking exactly like Jeff Bridges. The real Lebowski is called Jeff Dowd, or El Dowderino if you're into the whole forced Lebowski references thing. Though he isn't a deadbeat stoner, avid bowler or a former roadie for Metallica, Dowd was a member of the Seattle Seven and had the famous room-binding rug. His friends even started calling him "The Dude" at an early age. It's pretty close to "The Dowd" anyway, and if nothing else, The Dude Abides.
A priest resorting to a life of amateur wrestling to save his orphanage sounds like the kind of flaky made-up story you would only see in a Jack Black movie, but it's got a surprising basis in truth. Sergio Gutierrez Benitez was a man of the cloth in 1970s Mexico when he debuted as Fray Tormenta, a mysterious masked wrestler who fought for as little as 200 pesos. For years, nobody had any idea that the man behind the mask was a priest fighting to feed his orphans -- according to Benitez, he was afraid that nobody would take him seriously if they knew he was a priest wrangling sweaty men to save hundreds of children. As though that sentence could be met with anything other than "Holy shit that would make a great movie!"
By the 90s, Disney had graduated from using in-house models to just cannibalizing old issues of US Weekly to find attractive celebrities. After a brief lucid period in which they considered making their Middle-Eastern character look Middle-Eastern, Disney started looking at Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future before finally settling on Tom Cruise. Aladdin and Tom Cruise is one of those things that makes no sense when you hear it, but totally clicks when you look at the two side-by-side. Because Maverick wasn't inspiration enough, animators also studied MC Hammer's trademark pants in order to get Aladdin's impractical trousers as accurate as possible. Disney doesn't care about the troubling implications when it comes to whitewashing their characters, but I'll be damned if they don't show the world of street rat fashion the utmost respect.