Twitter user xan, who uses they/them pronouns, is a long-time Rami Malek fan. But little did they know that on Monday night, their life was about to become intertwined with Malek’s after the two passed each other in New York.
Xan eventually reached out to Malek and turned on their camera’s video mode, asking if he could “say hi to my friends.” Malek quickly interrupted, shaking his head and saying, “no, but we can take a picture.”
Of course, the whole entire conversation was recorded on xan’s phone. Afterward, xan says Malek “literally swiped my camera” and changed it to photo mode, just to make sure the two would get a picture and not a video.
“Nah I’m done with video messages,” xan concluded.
so rami malek walked past me…..how do i describe this flex….— xan black 🎬 (@madebyxan) October 29, 2018
THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME pic.twitter.com/qIesyA3eWQ— xan black 🎬 (@madebyxan) October 30, 2018
homeboy literally swiped my camera to Photo HIMSELF cause he saw it was a video nah im done with video messages pic.twitter.com/JbQ4K8X8KF— xan black 🎬 (@madebyxan) October 30, 2018
i worded this wrong he didnt take a photo OF HIMSELF- i meant he swiped the camera options until it was on “Photo” (i really hope that made sense) https://t.co/NVeTu5N9Nh— xan black 🎬 (@madebyxan) October 30, 2018
Xan’s story is just the perfect viral cocktail: An adoring fan meets Malek, walks up to him, gets shot down for a video, and the actor then proceeds to take their phone away from them to change the camera mode. As you can imagine, Twitter is going nuts with the whole premise.
rami seeing the phone is on video mode and not photo mode: pic.twitter.com/1xVZ693AIv— t’challa’s hoodie | ia (@tchcIIa) October 30, 2018
rami malek when he sees a fan is recording a video pic.twitter.com/Abcc2qDoIG— damaris (@elioperlsman) October 30, 2018
Fan: h-— ✨ (@wiiissssss) October 30, 2018
Rami Malek: https://t.co/Nxcx5Txd8c
call me by your name (2017) pic.twitter.com/rzzSeN0EIT— zin (@afrenchdispatch) October 30, 2018
sufjan stevens: is it a video— laney (@vantesbff) October 30, 2018
rami malek: no but we can take a picture
Even xan is sharing some of the memes.
“if you fuckin put your hands on me again i will fucking rip your face off bitch” pic.twitter.com/pLLutAnGcO— xan black 🎬 (@madebyxan) October 30, 2018
I FELL OVER JFNJDXKS https://t.co/wig3Z0iuH1— xan black 🎬 (@madebyxan) October 30, 2018
NOOOOOFJFKSKDLD https://t.co/LKLIfFsD4l— xan black 🎬 (@madebyxan) October 30, 2018
goodnight pic.twitter.com/OZ8KXgcTIt— xan black 🎬 (@madebyxan) October 30, 2018
Others compared Malek to actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who has absolutely zero chill when it comes to meeting fans.
jake gyllenhaal rami malek and ian somerhalder ignoring their fans on a daily basis pic.twitter.com/xbgH3kyTh0— ً (@saintmauds) October 30, 2018
As for xan, it’s safe to say their notifications are swamped with Malek-inspired posts. Their follower account has since ballooned to 2,220 Twitter users.
“My follower count was 400 this morning.. did I make a career?” they tweeted. Probably not, but they can take a picture.
my follower count was 400 this morning.. did i make a career?— xan black 🎬 (@madebyxan) October 30, 2018