Artists can't help but let their own personal issues inform their work. For example, take the theory that Van Gogh's artistic genius was influenced by his own colorblindness. And we have other examples, too -- shockingly, in list form!(click link for full article)
  1. Joss Whedon Loves Torturing Strong Women
    Nobody does strong female characters like Joss. Oh, and also nobody tortures the holy shit out of those strong female characters like Joss. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's revealed that part of Black Widow's warrior training involved her being forcibly sterilized. In Firefly, the relentlessly ass-kicking River Tam is given her super kung fu powers via a long process of torture, experimentation, and brain surgery.
  2. M. Night Shyamalan Uses His Cameos To Feed His Ego
    Filmmaker cameos are usually walk-in Easter egg roles, something for supernerds to pick up on during their 12th viewing. They don't usually cast themselves as major, pivotal characters, unless they're M. Night Shyamalan. For example, in Signs, he plays the neighbor of Mel Gibson's character, the guy who reveals to Gibson and the audience the fact that the aliens can be defeated with water.
  3. Aaron Sorkin May Have Intense Insomnia And Daddy Issues
    Aaron Sorkin is the creator of critically acclaimed and politically charged television shows such as The West Wing, The Newsroom, and Sports Night. We'll start with The Newsroom. In the first season, main character Will McAvoy consults a therapist to help him with a chronic case of insomnia. Through the course of his therapy, it is revealed that Will has unresolved issues from his childhood due to his abusive father.
  4. Wes Anderson Wants To Bone Older Ladies
    Take Rushmore, one of his early movies, starring Jason Schwartzman, an actor who incidentally could win a Wes Anderson look-alike contest. Schwartzman plays Max, a 15-year-old student who develops an unhealthy attraction to one of his much older teachers -- to the point where he starts stalking her.
  5. David Lynch Seems To Have Problems Distinguishing Dreams From Reality
    Feeling as though you're constantly living in some kind of dream world is a real mental disorder known to science as "depersonalization disorder" -- victims struggle constantly with confusion about the nature of reality, just like in Lost Highway, a crime thriller about a man who spends most of the movie dreaming that he's somebody else. Or, maybe not! It's ... it's really hard to explain ...