Steven Spielberg's movie stars Tom Hanks as a citizen of Krakozhia who is stranded at JFK airport for nine months. Harsh, right? That's nothing compared to the inspiration for the film: Mehran Karimi Nasseri is an Iranian refugee who was stuck in Charles De Gaulle airport for 17 years after his refugee papers were stolen. The stalemate finally ended in 2006 when he was taken to the hospital for an unspecified illness. And no, he said there was no Catherine Zeta-Jones character to make those 17 years go by more quickly.
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