Fake Airline Pilot Was Inspired By 'Catch Me If You Can'

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You've heard of art imitating life and life imitating art, but today we bring you what may be the first recorded case of life imitating art imitating life imitating something really, really stupid, as The Guardian is reporting that an Italian film fan created a fake identity as an airline pilot after being inspired by Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can."

Apparently he didn't read the "don't try this at home" disclaimer.

"Catch Me if You Can," you may remember, came out back in 2002 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life conman Frank Abagnale Jr., who posed as an airline pilot back in the 60's, flying dozens of flights and becoming one of America's most wanted criminals in the process.

Now, you would think that heightened security at airports these days would make it impossible for someone to follow in Abagnale's shady footsteps, but apparently not. According to the report, a man going by the assumed name of Andrea Sirlo fashioned a homemade pilot outfit, rigged up some fake i.d including a pilot's license, and "flew on at least one Air Dolomiti flight from Munich to Turin as a third pilot."

Asked why he would do something so dangerously rash and downright weird, Sirlo told authorities, "I saw that film and I wanted to be like Frank Abagnale."

All we can say is, we're glad his idol was Leonardo DiCaprio and not Tom Hardy or something.