In discussing films, there might be spoilers. Sorry!
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
“There appears to be some as-yet unknown underlying system that perfectly balances these various facets in such a way that makes it impossible to take one’s eyes off him from the second he comes into frame, even when he shares the screen with other handsome heartthrobs.”
I am amazingly behind in my Leo posts, due very much in part to being very much behind on a book deadline. So I went over to IMDB and found these interesting trivia facts about the film CATCH ME IF YOU CAN to keep you amused until I can switch gears.
In a deleted scene, Frank dresses as a security guard and stands
outside a bank's night deposit box, so people will give money to him instead of
putting it in the box. During filming, despite the cameras, real people came up
toLeonardo DiCaprioand tried to give him their money.
The story ofFrank Abagnale Jr.'s exploits had one of the longest and most difficult journeys from its first pitch to its eventual production. In 1981 it was originally announced that his story would be filmed and that Frank would be played byDustin Hoffman.
All road and concrete surfaces are wet in every shot, even though all scenes take place in sunny weather. Many cinematographers simply prefer the look of wet roads.
The production made use of around 157 locations throughout North America.
When Frank begins recruiting decoy flight attendants; when announcing the girls picked he announces the actresses by real name.
The FBI officer who was chasing Frank, and was the main inspiration for "Carl Hanratty," was really Joe Shea.Frank Abagnale Jr.used the pseudonym "Sean O'Reilly" in his book because Joe Shea was still in the F. B. I. He has since passed away.
According to costume designerMary Zophres, there were about 130 'day-players' (bit part actors) and 3,000-4,000 background extras employed, andLeonardo DiCapriohad 100 costume changes, through the film.
The names on the forged diploma from Harvard Medical School actually contains the signatures of the then (2002) deans of both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
The first cut of the film was about 80% authentic, as quoted at the epilogue of Abagnale's book. Some scenes were corrected, added and change as per request of the realFrank Abagnale Jr.to ensure total authenticity.
17-year-old Frank tells Brenda he's 28 years old, which wasLeonardo DiCaprio's true age when Catch Me If You Can premiered in 2002.