“Catch Me If You Can” is a feature film that traces the crazy life of a crook of Frank Abagnale Jr., to whom Leonardo DiCaprio lends his features. However, it could be that this account is largely embellished and perhaps even largely untrue.
Stop me if you can : Tom Hanks in pursuit of Leonardo DiCaprio
Between his two excellent works of science fiction that are Minority Report and War of the Worlds, Steven Spielberg offered himself a lighter parenthesis, with Tom Hanks. Before The terminal, the actor first shared the poster forStop me if you can with Leonardo DiCaprio. The latter slipped into the skin of Frank Abagnale Jr .. A young crook who really existed and whose prowess arouse astonishment. Rightly so, since he managed to embezzle a lot of money and become a target of the FBI. Steven Spielberg admitted to having been fascinated by this crazy story and we understand it!
Stop me if you can is a light film that has a good popularity rating with the general public. The craziest thing is to think that this story really took place. The main person concerned did not fail to retrace it in a book, which therefore serves as the basis for the film’s script. However, journalist Alan C. Logan claims thatmuch of the facts were invented by Frank Abagnale Jr .. Which, basically, would not be so surprising from a man who specializes in scams.
A real story arranged and embellished?
Alan C. Logan did his little investigation. He would have discovered that the crook did not have such a flamboyant life as he tries to make him believe. As it happens, he has not been an actively sought after public enemy by the FBI across the United States. According to Logan, this part is completely made up. It turns out that Frank was imprisoned more than anything in his early twenties. The journalist was able to meet a flight attendant, Paula Parks, whom the scammer tried to manipulate for a while. But his insistence did not get the better of the woman. She never gave in to his advances and was a little embarrassed to see someone following her around the country. Shortly thereafter, at the end of the 1960s, he was arrested by the police.
Come the 70s, and that’s when his lie begins to take shape. Largely thanks to his appearance on the show To Tell The Truth – that we can see in Stop me if you can. A pivotal moment in the construction of his legend with the public.
After the show, Frank Abagnale Jr. insists with his version of the facts and will try to capitalize on it. While we would like the story to be true, several other journalists have provided evidence to the contrary. Long before Alan C. Logan, it was first Stephen Hall from San Francisco Chronicle which was able to prove that the theft of money from a deposit at Logan Airport was completely bogus. The same goes for the theft of $ 2.5 million from the Pan Am company. Ira Perry of the Daily Oklahoman investigated this scam and found out from the firm that such an amount had never been stolen. Pan Am attempt to discredit the crook or real denial of Frank Abagnale Jr.’s version? The second scenario would not be surprising. Several clues lead us to think that the scam is not necessarily where we think it is …