Yes indeed. The Greatest Showman follows the true story of P.T. Barnums rise to fame with his circus, though some details are slightly exaggerated. Zac Efrons character, Phillip Carlyle, along with his love interest Anne Wheeler, played by Zendaya, are fictional characters.
What the greatest showman got wrong?
The Film Forgot To Mention The Time Barnum Bought An Elderly Slave And Put Her On Display. Jenny Lind Was A Lot More Than Arm Candy For P.T. The Bearded Ladys Story Was A Whole Lot Sadder Than What The Film Showed. It Was Barnums Family - Not His Wifes - That Opposed His Marriage To Charity Hallett. •23 Jun 2020
How much of the greatest showman is true?
In the film, Hugh Jackmans character had an infatuation for an opera singer. However, this was completely fictional. There is no evidence of a romantic relationship between the two. Further, in the film, Hugh Jackmans character recruited the dwarf Charles Stratton when he was 22 years old.
Did Hugh Jackman do his own dancing in The Greatest Showman?
Australian actor Hugh Jackman portrays circus founder P.T. In The Greatest Showman, the actor not only shows off his singing skills again but he went through 10 weeks of rehearsals for the dancing numbers in the film.