‘My Strange Addiction’: The Sad Story That Inspired Ryan Gosling’s ‘Lars and the Real Girl’ Character

by Jeremy Spirogis
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TLC’s My Strange Addiction is a well-liked documentary that options cringe-worthy addictions like consuming cremated ashes and consuming urine. The present positively goes for the “wow” issue, and the grosser or weirder the habit, the higher. The collection tends to focus extra on presenting the folks like sideshow freaks in a carnival than common individuals who may simply want slightly care and understanding from their family members. The scenario of 1 specific topic–Davecat–could have been the inspiration behind the movie Lars and the Real Girl. 

Ryan Gosling turned to the side, looking at a photo of his character from 'Lars and the Real Girl'
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Who is ‘Davecat’?

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Davecat is a part of a neighborhood of people that discuss with themselves as “iDollators.” iDollators have relationships with anatomically right, life-size silicone dolls as an alternative of actual people. Davecat’s spouse Sidore, price about $6,000 and even has a pretend tongue. He additionally has a doll mistress–Elena. He bought Elena to maintain Sidore firm when he’s not dwelling however now claims to have a relationship with each of them, in accordance with The Atlantic.

Davecat refers to human females as “organic women” and states {that a} artificial relationship is simpler and extra fulfilling than that with an actual individual, in accordance with DailyMail. He doesn’t see the purpose in working onerous to win a girl’s affections and have to attend for her to make time for him. His dolls are at all times ready for him at dwelling and obtainable at any time when he needs to spend time with them. 

The dolls are round 5 ft tall and weigh about 78 kilos. Although they could appear dear, Davecat says its effectively definitely worth the value as a result of an actual relationship could be “an enormous investment of time, money, and emotion.” Unfortunately, he can’t get pleasure from a daily previous date night time together with his dolls, as a result of he doesn’t take them out in public. He fears a verbal or bodily assault from people who find themselves afraid of what they don’t perceive. 

When was Davecat on ‘My Strange Addiction’?

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In 2011, Davecat appeared on the TLC collection My Strange Addiction. The documentary collection focuses on actual folks with fetishes and addictions that make viewers cringe. The larger the shock worth, the higher for the collection. 

My Strange Addiction has been accused of exploiting its topics, as an alternative of serving to them discover the assistance they could want. In Davecat’s case, he struggles from an amazing worry of rejection. This worry is the rationale why he can’t construct relationships with actual ladies. Instead of retreating from the world and making up relationships with inanimate objects, he might get the assistance he wants and lead a happier and extra fulfilling life. 

Did he encourage a film character?

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Some imagine that Davecat’s story could have been the inspiration behind the principle character within the movie Lars and the Real Girl. That appears to be form of a stretch, for the reason that movie was launched in 2007, and Davecat didn’t seem on My Strange Addiction till 2011. However, the doll within the movie was from RealDoll, which is the corporate that made Davecat’s dolls. 

The movie follows the story of Lars Lindstrom, a socially awkward 27-year-old man. Lars has change into extraordinarily remoted, and orders a doll named Bianca who turns into a stand in for an actual girlfriend. He turns into extraordinarily connected to Bianca, and even brings her to dinner together with his household. When the city psychologist encourages his household to play alongside together with his fantasy to stop emotional harm, they go overboard. Bianca finally ends up turning into concerned in varied social outings round city, even selecting up odd jobs like studying to high school children at storytime (by way of a tape recorder). 

The movie is heartwarming and explores the small however actual neighborhood of people that desire the corporate of dolls to actual people. 

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