February 02, 2005

And another thing ...

Madhava reminded me today that the premise for "The Terminal" was not only "interesting and contemporary" but also -- remarkably -- true. Merhan Karimi Nasseri, a political refugee from Iran, has lived at Charles de Gaulle airport since 1988. Stranded for a ridiculous number of years by a series of cruelly bureaucratic responses to the theft of his refugee documents, Nasseri has more recently passed up opportunities to leave the airport. The Urban Legends site has the full story, including an alleged payout from Dreamworks for the rights to the story to make "The Terminal."

And while I'm linking to strange-but-true travel tales on the Urban Legends site, check out this story about cashing in big time on air rewards by buying chocolate pudding. Talk about win-win.

Posted by anatole at February 2, 2005 12:08 AM

Also from the "interesting facts about horrible Tom Hanks movies" file (wow! that's a thick file!) comes the following tidbit: "The Terminal" was filmed almost entirely at Montreal's (most recent) federal albatross, Mirabel Airport, which was chosen because it was a) dressable, and b) empty.

Posted by: beltzner at February 2, 2005 09:20 AM