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Wednesday, December 12, 2002
'Catch Me If You Can'

Leonardo DiCaprio is in Manhattan this week promoting his two new movies: Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" and Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can," also starring Tom Hanks.

Shot in 147 different locations in only 52 days, DiCaprio says "Catch Me If You Can" is the most adventurous, super-charged movie-making experience he's ever had. He says, "Scenes that we thought would take three days took an afternoon."

"Catch Me" tells the story of Frank Abagnale Jr., a real-life con man who used his charm, confidence, and several different personas, to make millions in the 1960's writing bad checks. DiCaprio doesn’t think he’s quite as cool as his character. He says, "Well, the truth of the matter is, I don't have the gusto of Frank Abagnale. I wouldn't be able, for example, to walk into an airport riddled with FBI agents and bring in 10 stewardesses, even though I knew everyone had a picture posted of me and was trying to catch me. But these are the things that he did."

For Leo, playing the cat-and-mouse chase with FBI Agent Tom Hanks on his trail was as fun as it gets. He says, "There's only a handful of scenes where we get to interact, and those were some of the most riveting days for me."

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