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Northern Ireland man exposes ‘Catch Me If You Can’ as work of fiction

Events depicted as ‘true to life’ in hit movie never actually took place, says Finaghy author

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Acting: Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, who supposedly passed himself off as a PanAm pilot

Acting: Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, who supposedly passed himself off as a PanAm pilot

Fraud: The real Frank Abagnale

Fraud: The real Frank Abagnale

NI author Alan C Logan

NI author Alan C Logan

NI author Alan C Logan's new book

NI author Alan C Logan's new book

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Acting: Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, who supposedly passed himself off as a PanAm pilot

A Hollywood blockbuster that told the story of Frank Abagnale — an American grifter who convinced people he was an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer – was itself a deception, according to a Northern Irish author.

The 2002 ‘true life’ movie Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was a huge box office success, with viewers stunned both by Abagnale’s outrageous audacity and his remarkable ability to stay one step ahead of the FBI.


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