Rami Malek is seeing his star make a meteoric rise thanks to his incredible take on Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Even people who didn't like the film admit that Rami's talent shines through. He's considered a shoo-in for pretty much every award ever. All the extra attention may be a bit much for the notoriously private and quiet superstar, but he's handling it pretty well.
Some stars have (kind of understandably) been overwhelmed by the stress and constant attention, leading them to get rude or snippy with fans. Over the last few days, a video of Rami declining a fan has gone viral. Rami isn't rude, but he is certainly straight to the point and people are finding the brief exhange hilarious.
Twitter user Xan Black ran into Rami just before a Q&A. Being a fan of both Rami and films (Xan is a film student), they asked to take a quick video. Rami seemed a bit rushed and responded no, but offered to take a picture. He then took it upon himself to helpfully flip the phone to picture mode. Video was already rolling, though, so the whole thing got recorded. Xan graciously gave Twitter the greatest case of secondhand embarrassment EVER by sharing the video.
The initial excitement was so pure.
I MET RAMI FUCKIGDNJD MALEK IFNDKKDK— xan @ tribeca 🎻 (@xan @ tribeca 🎻)1540861391.0
And the embarrassment was so real.
THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME https://t.co/qIesyA3eWQ— xan @ tribeca 🎻 (@xan @ tribeca 🎻)1540861670.0
But the pictures were cute! lol.
HES ENDING ME https://t.co/fukIzXNWIS— xan @ tribeca 🎻 (@xan @ tribeca 🎻)1540861585.0
Yeah, the posts got a TON of attention and the "celeb rights" war was on.
@MyNameIsRaen @turtlesmyrtle @enemyfiIm So because he's a celebrity he doesn't have the right to refuse a request?… https://t.co/0D5FhkvjgW— daniel yankson (@daniel yankson)1540892019.0
@Gsnickerz @MckenzieChaney2 @nayelliabarca @enemyfiIm Him in iRobot is the closest thing to what he is like in real life.— I Teach Sign Language on Snapchat (@I Teach Sign Language on Snapchat)1540881846.0
@seintlaurent FUKCFJFJKDKSKF ☠️— xan @ tribeca 🎻 (@xan @ tribeca 🎻)1540863614.0
@mayamantleray @enemyfiIm She asked for a video, he said na, but he offered a photo Y'all can't just... Demand th… https://t.co/lnbdNp85l9— Na Eottokhae Eonni? (@Na Eottokhae Eonni?)1540876750.0
@KILLTIME5SOS @enemyfiIm He literally offered to take a pic tho 💀 and she was already recording before he even gave his consent so how-— Zac / GOT Spoilers (@Zac / GOT Spoilers)1540874932.0
@bendelabvcky @enemyfiIm maybe because they just surprised him with a sudden video like they said they often do to people...— Joshua (@Joshua)1540874362.0
@enemyfiIm That- was rude and awkard ! But then he said “is that alright?” So idk, it isn’t that difficult to say hi tbh— ℜ𝔬𝔰𝔢 🌹|| #TwoOfUs (@ℜ𝔬𝔰𝔢 🌹|| #TwoOfUs)1540863314.0
And before you knew it, the memes and jokes came out. Don't act surprised, this is what Twitter does best.
rami seeing the phone is on video mode and not photo mode: https://t.co/1xVZ693AIv— kristen ⎊ | saw endgame! (@kristen ⎊ | saw endgame!)1540871101.0
did u know? every rami malek film is just a series of oil paintings because he has never allowed himself to be captured on video.— stark rights! (@stark rights!)1540870780.0
@enemyfiIm that’s why if i ever met someone famous i would just stare like this not knowing what to do https://t.co/dK0VTxX34b— ōkami (@ōkami)1540865241.0
AND THE MEMES SKKSKSKS https://t.co/jO1XuKSUKW— dani (@dani)1540869512.0
rami malek when your camera is set to video instead of photo https://t.co/qPvlTZlWc9— sammy (@sammy)1540866636.0
anyways, I still love Rami Malek even if he would beat my ass at the Walmart parking lot because I asked for a video https://t.co/iCALusLshV— Elmonzo Stark ⎊ (@Elmonzo Stark ⎊)1540868160.0
that rami malek video gives me so much secondhand embarrassment i feel like he said it to me https://t.co/JIIrqejHLb— ً (@ً)1540869881.0
@nayelliabarca @enemyfiIm IKR he didn’t even give that a second thought im https://t.co/uazvxwlrIb— sunshine🌞 (@sunshine🌞)1540869042.0
fan: hi! could i get a video messa- rami malek: https://t.co/N2e3NxcVxf— ًjup ϟ ꘩ saw endgame (@ًjup ϟ ꘩ saw endgame)1540868324.0
We want your thoughts. People seem pretty torn on whether Rami was rude or handled it well. Did he go too far? Do you honestly think he risks losing fans over this? Let us know.