The Terminal: Iranian refugee who inspired film dies at airport; Look!

What The Terminal (2004) became one of Tom Hanks’ best-known films., you already know. But did you know that the production, directed by Steven Spielberg, was inspired by a real case?


The figure on which the work was based was Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian political refugee who lived for about 18 years at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Now, the news arrives that the man died at the scene last Saturday (12).

The information was released by AFP, which confirmed the fact with an airport source.

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According to information from the French news agency, Nasseri died of natural causes in Terminal 2F. A few thousand euros would also have been found along with him.

The Story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri


Born in Masjed Soleiman, in the Iranian province of Khuzestan, in 1945, Mehran Karimi Nasseri moved to Roissy, northern France, in 1988, after starting to travel looking for his mother. However, the man was always expelled from the countries he tried to visit because of the lack of documents.

It was not until 1999, however, that Nasseri was granted a residence permit in France upon obtaining refugee status. At Roissy airport, he became a popular and famous figure among the employees, a story that resulted in several reports in different media in France and around the world.

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Film with Tom Hanks

The repercussion of the story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri was such that, in 2004, it resulted in a film in Hollywood, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks (who gave life to the refugee).


The feature, titled The Terminal, follows the story of a man who was born in the fictional country of Krakozhia. When trying to enter the United States to escape a revolution in his homeland, the character is denied access, which leaves him stranded at the airport, as returning to his homeland is not an option.

The protagonist then starts to live inside the place.

In addition to Hanks, The Terminal had Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride, Diego Luna, Barry Shabaka Henley and Zoe Saldana in its main cast.

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