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The model pupil who played his school for fools – The Times

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He was “the kid who never grew up”, a 32-year-old man who for two years convinced his high school classmates and teachers that he was a bright teenager destined for greatness.
Things fell apart for Brandon Lee, presumed to be a Canadian boy genius, when he was revealed as the much less exotic and considerably more elderly Brian MacKinnon from Bearsden, a suburb of Glasgow.
This month, the story of his astonishing deception will be told in film. My Old School features the voice of the mysterious MacKinnon, though not his face. Instead, the actor Alan Cumming, eerily believable, lip-syncs to his words.
MacKinnon was 30 when he enrolled as a fifth year student at Bearsden Academy in 1993. He went on to attain five
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