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Real-Person Epilogue

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Biopics or works that are Based on a True Story will sometimes show video footage or photographs of the real person portrayed during the Closing Credits or a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue. The purpose is usually to remind the audience that the story is based on real events, allowing them to compare what they just saw to Real Life. As such, it's related to Shown Their Work.

Compare Real Person Cameo where the real person is having a bit part in the work itself.



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    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • American Crime Story:
  • The first-season finale of Feud shows the real-life photos of Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and the other major figures in the series.
  • The penultimate episode of Trust shows a photograph of Little Paul after his rescue, but the season finale itself has no montage; Fletcher Chace claims that it's just too depressing and anyone who actually cares can look it up themselves.
    "Google it."
  • The HBO series Band of Brothers begins and ends each episode with an interview (or other footage) of the actual soldiers portrayed.
    • It companion series, The Pacific, left this until the final episode.
  • Episodes of The Goldbergs usually end with a clip of one of the real Adam Goldberg's home videos. In later seasons, The Stinger featured interviews with some of the real people depicted on the show.

  • The Ninja Sex Party song "Danny Don't You Know" is about adult Danny singing to his younger self about their future. While the real Danny is of course in the song, young Danny is played by Finn Wolfhard, so the end shows images of the real child Danny and also child Brian.

    Western Animation 
  • The Pixar short Sanjay's Super Team ends with photographs of director Sanjay Patel and his father, one from the past and one more recent.


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