For most people, bumping into a celebrity is a pretty rare occurrence. When something like this happens, it is perfectly normal to ask for an autograph. In the age of camera phones, it has become normal to ask for a photo as well! But what was so special about the time this family met Matthew Broderick?
A Mysterious Photobomber
In 2009, this man bumped into Matthew Broderick. Of course, he had to ask the star for a photo with his child! When his friend put it up online an entire decade later, Twitter users were shocked. They were able to notice that there was someone else in the photo that went unnoticed. Everyone started to talk about this other person, but who could it be?
Waiting In Line
During the trip, his daughter started to feel unwell. Alex decided to make another stop to get some medicine for her. When he got to the pharmacy, he halted in his tracks after seeing the long line. He had been waiting in the queue when a remarkable thing happened!
Guy In Front
We can see why anyone would be frustrated if they have to line up. Alex was getting antsy, but it was a good thing that the guy in front of him was there to give him words of support. He was surprised by how nice this guy was. The two of them started talking pleasantly about their plans for the weekend and the reason they went to Montauk. It did not take Alex long before he figured out who this was!
Recognizing This Guy
When they finished talking and said goodbye, Alex came to the realization that the man was someone famous. “I came out of the store and was thinking, ‘I know this guy. He looks famous,’” he explained. However, he could not immediately place where he knew this guy from. After Alex left the pharmacy, he waited for that man to get out to figure out exactly who this man was. Needless to say, he was shocked when he finally put the puzzle pieces all together.
He had a suspicion, and it turned out to be correct. He was right when he thought that he was talking to a celebrity. This man was none other than Matthew Broderick, who Alex recognized for playing the lead role in the ‘80s hit film called Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Even though Sarah Jessica Parker was not around, the actor was glad to pass the time with Alex and the rest of the family. Alex then asked him for a favor…
Telling The Story
Alex Cabana was the family man who encountered Matthew Broderick while he was lining up at the pharmacy. This 42-year-old Queens native has talked a lot about this story in the past. His friends all knew about how he bumped into the actor and asked him for a photo with Nicole, his daughter. What they loved best about this story was that Alex had no clue about the man standing in the background! Who could it possibly be?
It Went Viral
It took almost an entire debate for the photo to make it to social media. We are not surprised to hear that it went viral as well. User @HonoredSpirit probably had no clue that the post he made would get retweeted 20,000 times. On top of this, publications like New York and Time wrote about it as well. Many people have learned about this incredible story, but there was one person who was there in the flesh. Back then, she was just seven years old.
Fifteen Minutes Of Fame
Now a young adult, Nicole Cabana had only been a little girl when the photo was taken in 2009. She did not even know who Matthew Broderick was back then. The only thing she remembered about it was that her dad freaked out and asked the actor to pose with her. When the photo went viral a long time after that, she could not believe it. Her face got blurred out, but we bet she loves telling this story!
Taking A Photo
Alex knew that this opportunity was too good to pass up, so he was determined to have a little souvenir from this incredible encounter. He asked Matthew Broderick if it would be alright to take a photo of his daughter and the actor. The star was happy to oblige with the request. Let’s not forget that famous line he uttered: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
The Man Behind Them
Broderick and Nicole stepped into view and smiled for the camera. Alex was more than ready to snap away until he noticed that there was a strange man hovering behind the two. He was ruining the moment, but Alex had no idea why this man was standing that close. What was he doing there in the first place? He asked Matthew Broderick if he knew who the man was. He soon found out that the actor did! In fact, a lot of people would recognize him right away.
A Friend Of His
When Alex asked Broderick about the man, the actor only told him that it was a friend of his. He explained that his friend accompanied him to Montauk. Alex now had a bit of context about this strange situation, so he asked this man to stand a little to the right. As you can see, he was determined to get the perfect shot of Broderick and his daughter. However, it seemed like this man did not get the hint.
He Wouldn’t Budge
In the end, this man agreed to scoot over after Alex told him to. However, he did not move enough to escape the shot. It was starting to be very frustrating for Alex. He only wanted to get a photo of his child with this A-lister. It did not sound like he was asking for too much. Trust us, there was a great reason @HonoredSpirit shared the story online. Followers soon found out why the man refused to budge!
The Strange Man
When Twitter users saw the post, they initially had a hard time understanding what @HonoredSpirit was trying to get at. The had no idea what point he was trying to make with this story. Did it really matter if they learned who this photobomber was? From what they could see, Matthew Broderick’s pal looked just like a regular guy wearing white sneakers, shades, and baggy jeans. They were very wrong about that! Alex would soon find out about it as well.
Look At This
After he took the photo, Alex decided that there was nothing else to do but crop out this guy. He thanked Broderick and the friend before he went back to his car with his daughter. His wife and dad were also waiting in the car, ready to continue the vacation. Alex could not wait to show them the photo he just took. After showing them the photo of Matthew Broderick and Nicole, his wife gasped out loud!
Who He Was
In the beginning, he thought that his wife had that reaction after seeing Ferris Bueller in the flesh. It soon became clear to him that there was one more reason she acted like that. Alex later said, “My wife said, ‘Do you realize what you’ve done?’” She knew who the guy in the background was. She could not believe that her husband asked him to step out of the frame! Curiously, Alex took a good look at the photo.
Figuring It Out
He squinted at the photo, trying to see what his wife saw. It did not take him long to figure out his mistake! He also recognized the guy. In fact, it was someone who he had seen a lot of times in the past. “I just looked at the picture and I saw him,” Alex narrated. “I’ve been watching this guy every night.” Let us find out who this famous man is. We are sure that Alex now regret being so rude to him!
This mystery man was none other than Jerry Seinfeld. We hope this clears up why Alex said that he saw him every night at one point in his life. It was already bad enough that he failed to recognize the comedian, but he also decided to ignore him after recognizing Matthew Broderick! Even though he had been wearing shades and a cap, Alex thought that he should have realized that it was him. Let us take a look at how online users reacted to this, ten years after that fateful day…
The Original Photobomb
The Twitter users were delighted to hear about the story. In fact, they all remembered one scene from Seinfeld as well. This story reminded them about an epic moment on the comedy series that Jerry Seinfeld starred in. In the episode called “The Slicer”, Costanza accidentally got inside the shot of the family photo of his boss. He then tried to airbrush him out of it! Some people believe that this was “The Original Photobomb.”
Friends And Collaborators
In case you did not know, Jerry Seinfeld and Matthew Broderick are good friends that go way back. They often hang out, which is why Alex saw the two of them during such a random moment. Not only do they go to Mets games and take vacations together, but they have also worked together a couple of times in the past. How can we forget that they were both in the animated film Bee as a pair of bees?
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Aside from the movie, Broderick also worked with Seinfeld in one episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.“This year, practically everyone is coming out with brand new, even longer, more complicated shows,” said Seinfeld in that episode, “Don’t you have enough to keep track of without trying to remember who’s a wizard, who’s a machine, who’s a zombie? We at Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee think your time is valuable.” We are glad to inform you that the show is available on Netflix!
Just Like Seinfeld
Now that the photo has gone up on the internet, Alex Cabana is glad that it has brought happiness to many people! He thought that it was fitting since it was a story about Jerry Seinfeld. It makes sense that the actor is going to be humiliated. It is very in character, isn’t it? “One of my friends said that it’s just like one of the Seinfeld episodes,” the comedian said. “I told him, it really happened.” In the end, this story came full circle in the funniest way possible.
True To Form
Jerry Seinfeld has proved to us that he is truly one of the greatest comedians ever. He decided to put a bow on the hilarious story with this social media post of his. He posted a photo of the Abbey Road cover, the same one with the Beatles crossing that road in London. He added himself to the photo to poke fun at the viral photo from a decade ago. He said, “I’m also in the Abbey Road photo if you look closely.” We expected nothing less from the Jerry Seinfeld.
Their Family Vacation
The story unfolded all the way back in 2009. Back then, Alex Cabana and his family had been on a trip to Montauk, the small town on the Long Island South Shore. All he wanted to do was to get away from home and relax with his family. There was no way he could have expected that something incredible was going to happen to their family vacation. After all, we doubted that he knew he was going to bump into not one but two celebrities when he went to get medicine for his daughter!