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You don't bump into a celebrity every day, but New Yorker Alex Cabana was lucky enough to encounter Matthew Broderick. He was excited to take a picture of the famous actor and his daughter, although annoyingly a stranger was looming in the picture and wouldn't move. But when he showed the picture to his wife, she gasped in shock! What did Alex do? Who was that stranger?
One day New Yorker Alex Cabana wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple and spend some quality time with his family, so he took his wife and daughter to Montauk, a small town on the south shore of Long Island. Like anyone on a family holiday, Alex just wanted to relax, and never in his wildest dreams did he expect that he would bump into Matthew Broderick and another mysterious photobomber.
Unfortunately during the vacation, Alex's little girl got an ear infection, so as any father would do, he went to the pharmacy for some medication. But when he arrived there, there was a long line in front of him. Just when he was getting irritated, the man in front of him decided to strike up a conversation.
While Alex was talking about day-to-day things with the guy, he found that this man looked really familiar, but he just couldn’t place him. Was this guy someone he'd met once years ago and had forgotten? Alex couldn’t figure it out.
"I came out of the store and was thinking, 'I know this guy. He looks famous.' " Alex said. Although he couldn’t think of who the mysterious guy was, Alex decided to wait outside the pharmacy, considering this probably-famous person may not want a load of people coming up to him for autographs. When this person finally came out, Alex asked him who he was, and could not believe his ears!
The man was Matthew Broderick! Once Alex had established this, he finally recognized the famous actor from his arguably most famous film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As you can imagine, Alex was very excited to meet a celebrity. Such things don't happen every day, and Alex had to seize the opportunity.
As anyone would do when faced with a famous actor, Alex wanted a photo to record the exciting moment. He asked Matthew if he could take a photo with his daughter, and Matthew was more than happy to lean over to pose for the picture. That's when Alex noticed the stranger looming in the shot, and he did something he now regrets.
Of course Alex wanted a perfect picture of Matthew and his daughter, but that stranger in the corner was ruining it. So he asked Matthew if the actor knew the stranger, checking if Matthew was comfortable with the strange man by the side, and as it turned out, that stranger was the actor's friend.
Alex politely asked the strange man to move out of the shot, but he just wouldn't take a hint and move. Alex didn't want to upset anyone. This man was Matthew's friend anyway. So he had no choice but to continue to take the photo. He thought he would crop the man out of the photo later, but did not know what a terrible mistake he just made.
You don't bump into a famous actor every day, so Alex couldn’t wait to share the story with his family and friends. A friend of his took the story to Twitter and started with a whole thread of tweets, slowly unfolding the story for everyone to read. But later Twitter users found the story was not about Matthew Broderick at all, but rather about the looming stranger beside him.
Twitter users got stuck into the story and couldn't help but get to the bottom of the situation. Soon they realized who the stranger really was, and so did Alex. The true identity of Matthew's friend would shock Alex's family and the entire world!
After taking the picture, Alex couldn't wait to show it to his family. It was reported that Alex's wife gasped in shock seeing the picture, but Alex did not understand what was going on. However, after a closer look, he finally recognized the stranger and realized what an opportunity he had lost.
Who else could be so stubborn! Now Alex totally regrets that he did not recognize the famous comedian earlier. He watched Jerry's show every day! No doubt Alex was mortified at how rude he may have come across to Jerry, but it did end up being a funny story.
It was a great story and went viral on Twitter, reaching up to 20,000 likes. Other media outlets like New York Magazine also reported the story, making it even more famous. This also brought fame to Alex and his daughter, so how did they react?
The story actually happened ten years ago, and Alex's daughter, Nicole, is a grown woman now. She enjoyed the fame and was more than happy for everyone to know on her own terms. She even created a Twitter account to tell people that she is the little girl from the viral story.
Now Alex Cabana is 42 years old, living around the Queens. He is well-known in the neighborhood as the man who got a picture with Matthew Broderick but did not recognize Jerry Seinfeld. Now that the story is known to so many people, the famous comedian also stepped up and made the situation even more amusing.
Jerry posted a link of the story to his Twitter alongsideand the famous picture of the Beatles walking down Abbey Road. But he photoshopped himself in the background and captioned the post with "I'm also in the Abbey Road photo if you look closely." It's a good thing that the comedian can also laugh about the story now.
At the end of the day, many people may think Jerry was a little rude for refusing to move out of the picture, or that Alex was rude for not recognizing Jerry and trying to get him out of the picture. Well, maybe neither of them was in the wrong. Jerry perhaps just wanted to give the man a memorable photo, and Alex just wanted a perfect picture. What do you think?
Although this slightly awkward situation turned into a funny story after all, perhaps Alex should be more observant, so that next time he won't miss such a great opportunity. Have you ever met a celebrity in real life before? Did anything interesting happen? You’re welcome to share with us via email.
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