It turns out Rami Malek is not a huge fan of video shout-outs, as proven by this fan on Monday night.
Twitter user Xan bumped into the “Bohemian Rhapsody” star and was eager to let her friends in on the action by having the actor say hi to them over the phone. However, Malek insisted: “No, but we can take a picture,” before realizing the camera was already on video mode and attempting to switch it back to photo himself.
Malek recently told Vanity Fair he found out about the viral video after his publicist pulled him aside before Tuesday’s taping of “The View”.
“She was really funny about it. She said, ‘There’s something I should make you aware of that’s getting a little bit of attention on the Internet,'” he remembered. “Once someone says something like that to me, it is, of course, a moment of, ‘What did I do?!’”
“I finally brought myself to watch it. I thought, ‘Oh, that’s not that bad. I don’t find myself offensive,’” the “Bohemisan Rhapsody” actor continued. “I’m laughing about it. I’m going to do ‘Ellen’ and I’m thinking about bringing it up because I find it so funny.”
For anyone who sees Malek in person and wants to take a selfie with him, consider this approach: “I am happy to take photos with anyone. I just want to be aware of what people are doing at the moment. When someone films you automatically, it’s a bit intrusive.”
The clip was shared online and has since become the subject of numerous memes.
See some of the social media reaction below:
The latest Malek viral video comes after he hit headlines last week for seemingly refusing to label Freddie Mercury as a “gay icon.”
The actor, who plays the musician in the much-talked-about Queen biopic, instead shared, “What’s really great about him is he never wanted to, or thought of himself as being boxed into anything.
“He just was. I’ve heard him say, when asked, he says, ‘I’m just me.’ If he’s an icon to one there’s no reason that it requires another adjective.”