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Steven Spielberg Film Inspires Crime in Italy

An unnamed Italian man was recently arrested for pretending to be a pilot.

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: September 24th, 2012 in Culture » Film » News
Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale in 'Catch Me If You Can'

An unnamed Italian man, who was using the name Andrea Sirlo, was recently arrested in Turin after impersonating an air pilot. After the arrest, he explained that he was inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Frank Abagnale, in ‘Catch Me If You Can’, based on true events.

“I saw that film and I wanted to be like Frank Abagnale,” he said.

‘Catch Me If You Can’ is based on the life of Frank Abagnale, a criminal that successfully eluded the FBI for years, starting as a petty thief forging cheques and eventually flying planes, performing complicated surgeries in ER, and stealing millions of dollars.

Sirlo managed to sneak onto the cockpit of at least one jet, according to the Daily Telegraph. When he was arrested at the Turin airport, police reported that he was wearing a pilot’s uniform that he made at home and was holding forged ID cards.

Police had been searching for Sirlo for months and suspected he had flown more than one plane. Sirlo insists that he “flew free on only one flight. On that occasion they invited me into the cockpit as third pilot.”

Sirlo shared the details of his flight on Facebook to 400 friends.

Related articles: Steven Spielberg, Catch me if you can, Leonard DiCaprio, Italy, Turin, Arrest, Facebook, Pilot, Frank Abagnale, Andrea Sirlo
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