Back in 2009 Alex Cabana and his daughter ran into the one and only Matthew Broderick. Alex was super excited that he had managed to not only recognize Matthew but was also able to get the actor to snap a quick picture with his daughter. As they posed for the picture, one thing was completely off- a man with a baseball cap and blue jeans stood indefinitely within the camera’s frame. The father asked the mystery man to step aside so he could get a better picture, however, the man refused and remained in the shot. Oh, if Alex only knew who is trying to push out of the frame…
Later, when Alex recognized who this mystery man in the background was, he and his family were all pretty stunned and dumbfounded- they all had to take a double look. Turns out that the mystery man who wouldn’t move out of the frame was even more famous than Matthew Broderick and somehow Alex hadn’t recognized him at all. That fateful event caused the image to go viral as people were curious to know how it all went down. So just who was the megastar photo-bomber who refused to get out of the picture?
A star on the streets
When anyone runs into someone famous, the first thing that they want to do is capture the moment. That was the first thing that popped into Alex Cabana’s mind as he spotted Matthew Broderick. Of course, Alex’s daughter was even more star struck and asked Mr. Broderick for a quick picture to commemorate the moment. But years later, when others caught sight of the picture with Alex’s daughter and Matthew Broderick, eyes popped! It wasn’t just because the famous Ferris Bueller was standing next to an adorable little girl, it was because of who was lurking in the background.
It didn’t take long for thousands of fans on Twitter to retweet and comment on the incredible image in shock of who the mystery photo-bomber was.
A Holiday to Remember
This amazing and unforgettable story took place in 2009 when the family man Alex Cabana decided it was time to escape the city for a while and headed to Montauk; a tiny little town far away from the hustle and bustle of the city located on the southern part of Long Island.
It was the perfect weekend trip to spend some much-needed rest with his family. However, early into the vacation Alex’s daughter, Nicole wasn’t feeling the relaxation. The poor little girl was suffering from an infection in her ear that forced the happy father to take immediate action to soothe his daughter pain so his family could continue on their trip.
Dad To The Rescue
But when you’re on vacation, you don’t foresee illnesses and don’t usually pack for them which is why Alex had to take a slight detour that would soon change his life. Luckily for Alex, he was able to rush to the nearest pharmacy to pick up medicine for his daughter. But when arriving at the small town pharmacy, the line was longer than he anticipated.
But, like a good father, he waited his turn in line while in the back of his mind; he wondered what was the hold-up? After all, there had to be some reason the line was practically out the door at this little pharmacy.
Guidance from a Stranger
As Alex grew more and more impatient, the man standing in front of him turned and smiled to lighten the mood. It didn’t take long before the stranger and Alex were making small talk and sharing why they had been drawn to Montauk. But as the conversation drew on and the line slowly moved, a sinking feeling in Alex’s gut caused him to take notice.
There was something very familiar about the stranger in front of him if only he could wrap his head around what it was. Was it his voice? Or his face? Alex’s continued chatting with the man until it was his turn at the front of the line.
The Light Bulb
As the line progressed, and it came time for the stranger’s turn to meet up with the pharmacist, the feeling in the pit of Alex’s stomach didn’t go away. It gnawed at him as he tried to place the face. It wasn’t until he got his daughters’ medicine and walked out of the pharmacy did the light bulb flick on.
The man Alex had been chatting with so casually in the store was none other than the A-List actor Matthew Broderick! Determined to speak to him again, Alex waited patiently outside the pharmacy hoping to get a second chance with Matthew.
What a Nice Guy
As Alex waited for Matthew to come back out of the store to confirm his suspicions, his daughter stared up at him in wonder. After all, she didn’t quite understand what the fuss was about. But Alex had to confirm his suspicions, and to his delight, he was correct.
Although Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick’s wife was nowhere to be found, Alex spent a good part of his time chatting with Matthew outside the pharmacy overwhelmed by his brush with a celebrity. To Alex’s surprise and delight, Matthew Broderick was more than willing to share a few moments with the family man.
A Turn Of Events
It took nearly ten years for Alex’s story to make it on social media. If it weren’t for a close friend of Alex’s posting to twitter, the world would have never realized what a great guy Matthew Broderick is in real life.
But what got people’s attention wasn’t the 80s movie star from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, nope- it was the mystery man who photobombed the picture.
Word Of Mouth
Over the years, Alex Cabana has shared his close encounter with countless people. After all, the 42-year-old from Queens became the local guy who met Matthew Broderick and got a picture with his daughter Nicole posing with the celebrity.
But what all Alex’s friends enjoyed the most Alex’s lack of recognition to the man standing behind Matthew and his daughter Nicole.
It took ten years for the image that Alex snapped that day to go viral. With nearly 20,000 people re-tweeting the picture, to articles being written by New York Magazine and even Time, Alex’s daughter relives the moment every day even though she was only seven at the time.
It was, after all, a moment that she didn’t get them, but certainly understands today and is thrilled to be a part of something so funny and memorable.
The Lime Light
In 2009, Nicole was not familiar with the star, nor did she have any recollection of why he was so important. After all, she never grew with the classic movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but maybe Godzilla might have been something she would have seen.
Either way, she had no clue why her father, Alex was freaking out over the encounter, but simply did as her father asked and took a picture with the guy. Years later, though, after the picture went viral, Nicole was stunned and shocked she was ever a part of something so great.
A Little To The Left
So, in 2009 Alex wanting to commemorate the moment, he asked Matthew Broderick for a quick picture with his daughter. Matthew, being ever the gentleman said yes and stood next to Nicole.
After all, life moves fast and if you don’t capture these moments, they will pass you by. So in order to capture his moment, Alex raised his camera to his face with a huge smile to take the shot.
And You Are?
Alex tried to get just the right shot. But as he raised the camera to his face to capture the moment, he noticed someone in the background.
To get the best possible image of his daughter and Matthew Broderick, Alex asked Matthew if he knew the man standing in the background. To Alex’s surprise, Matthew said yes.
Too Close for Comfort
With Matthew’s friend standing so close, Alex wasn’t able to get a good shot and politely asked the stranger to step aside. The mystery man inched a little out of the shot and stopped.
Alex nudged his hand a little bit more hoping the mystery man would get the clue, but still, even with the baby steps, the man remained in the shot forcing Alex to snap the picture with him in it. After everything was said and done, Alex simply thought that he would be able to crop the man out later.
The Mystery behind the Enigma
There was a reason this picture went viral despite followers a bit confused as to what all the commotion was. The point of the story went over the heads of many people; after all, the guy in the background was just an average ‘joe’ right?
There wasn’t anything special about him was there? Oh but there was. And this family would be shaking their heads at their disappointment for not noticing at first.
Shock and Awe
As Alex said his goodbyes to Matthew and his friend, Alex and Nicole headed back to the car where his father and wife waited to continue their family vacation.
But Alex was so hyped about his encounter that he quickly showed the picture to his wife. With wide eyes and a dropped jaw, she glanced over to her husband and asked if he realized who the other guy was. Alex stared at her dumbfounded waiting for her answer…
Alex shook his head and grabbed the phone from his wife determined to figure it out. As he stared into the screen, his stomach turned from embarrassment. “It can’t be,” he thought. “It just can’t be.”
But as he peeled his eyes from his phone and glanced to his wife, she nodded with a huge grin stretching across her face.
Recognition Set In
As he shook his head in disbelief, Alex swallowed the lump forming in his throat. He finally understood who this person was. How he wished he could go back in time now.
Not more than five minutes ago he was pushing the guy out of his picture, and now, all he wanted was to retake the shot so that his daughter could stand beside not one but two famous people.
I Know You
The mystery man who lingered in the background as Alex snapped the picture of Matthew Broderick and his daughter Nicole was none other than Jerry Seinfeld. The man that Alex claimed to have watched every night.
What makes this even more embarrassing is the fact that Alex recognized Matthew before even taking a second glance at Jerry. Of course,rse anyone would make the same mistake with a costume like Jerry’s masking his true identity.
The Original Photobomb
What makes this encounter so unique and quite funny is how it resembles an episode of Seinfeld called “The Slicer.” It was the episode where Jason Alexander’s character steps into his boss’ family portrait taken at the beach and fails miserably to remove his image by airbrushing himself out.
Many fans saw this as the first and possibly the most original Photo bomb ever.
But on that fateful day, when Alex asked Jerry to step out of the shot, it turns out Matthew did know Jerry. The two, of them have been friends for some time and are often seen at games and often work together.
But how was Alex supposed to know that with Jerry’s killer costume of a baseball cap, glasses, and baggy jeans?
A Good Laugh
Now that everyone has got a glimpse of the photo that revolved around the Twitter-sphere, people are laughing at the situation. After all, who pushes aside a famous person because they don’t recognize them?
Hey, it can happen to the best of us. Even after all these years, Jerry remains true to his character allowing for the humiliation of the situation to come full circle. Even though, Seinfeld himself has told a number of his friends that it did happen.
Lover Of Denim
After the story went viral on twitter people were so impressed at how this guy miserably failed at recognizing one of the top comedy stars of our time. Other people wanted to chime in about how they would react in a situation like this and say that they would, of course, recognize him without any problems.
For example on user says that the jeans are what gives it away for sure. Pictures of Seinfeld walking the streets show he is an avid lover of baggy jeans and this is just another casual outfit for him, fans would be sure to recognize it.
Who Gets The Last Laugh?
Staying true to himself in a poetic turn of events, Jerry decided to run with the situation. To add icing to the cake, he took to social media and uploaded a cheeky photo of the Beatle’s Abbey Road album cover with slight modifications.
All in all, it turns out that the man of comedy got the last laugh.
Jerry Seinfeld is a pretty funny dude and seems like a very nice man but he has his personal space as well. Maybe that is the way he wanted to stand all the way in the back of Mathew Broderick’s fan moment. He had another weird encounter with a celeb fan at an event.
Jerry was being interviewed on the red carpet when pop superstar Kesha walked up to him and asked for hug 3 times, saying she is a big fan. Jerry backed away in slight fear and said “no thanks” in what made a very awkward encounter. The interviewer told him “That’s Kesha”, and he replied, “I have no clue who that is”. Awkward.
The Mathew Curse
The man who shared his story seemed to start somewhat of a curse called “The Mathew Curse” in which people had experienced similar situations of running into one celeb and missing another one in the background.
This happened to Jake who shared on twitter he ran into Mathew Perry (another Mathew) but completely missed Hollywood director James Cameron who stood right behind him. When meeting Mathew celebs please look around you before taking a picture.
Instead of not recognizing Jerry there has been a funny encounter where people thought they were going to meet him but it was just a misheard phone call. Singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld has been asked if she is related to the comedian numerous times although she is not.
Instead of not recognizing Jerry there has been a funny encounter where people thought they were going to meet him but it was just a misheard phone call. Singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld has been asked if she is related to the comedian numerous times although she is not. She said that once her mom called in a restaurant and made a reservation for Cheri Steinfeld and the people working there thought she said Jerry Steinfeld and were very disappointed when he didn’t show up. Listen up!
People Love Jerry
Noel Gallagher is a British musician who idolized Jerry Seinfeld for years. He did so much that his wife set up a birthday trip to New York for him and her to go see Jerry doing stand up live. After the show, he met the comedian and was so starstruck.
A staff member of Jerry’s told him “this is the British guy I told you who is celebrating a birthday tonight”, and Jerry looking confused said “Nice to meet you man, but you didn’t tell me” to his staff member. Noel felt like he was in an episode of Seinfeld watching them argue about when and how they told each other about him.
With the Wife
Just in case you ever run into Jerry Seinfeld without knowing about it this is a little tip for you.
The comedian is married to his beautiful wife Jessica and this what she looks like, so just in case you notice her first be sure to look around her husband may be lurking around and you could get your shot a picture with the comedy star and not miss out like the man and his daughter.
On his popular sitcom, Jerry Seinfeld just seems so relatable with all the funny situations that he gets into. This image of him only causes fans to idolize him even more and maybe it brings on this expectation that he has to be friendly and funny like that all the time even in real life.
We don’t think the man expected Jerry to come up and offer himself in the picture, boy he was probably glad that this man was freaking out over Mathew and just took a step back from the spotlight…literally. Celebs are just like us and that is what makes them relatable even if we forget sometimes and think they owe us attention and love, they don’t.
Were wondering how long Alex will keep on telling this tale. It is indeed a great story and one to be told but we can also see him sitting at the dinner table telling his grandkids, “when your mother was a little girl she took a picture with Mathew Broderick and in the background stood the great Jerry Seinfeld”.
Those kids probably will have no clue who Seinfeld or Broderick is but Alex will enjoy being able to tell them the story.
This is Jerry from a famous Seinfeld episode and on the right is Matt Lauer dressed as him for Halloween.
The similarity is quite good, the do look like each other. Many times people encounter stars on the street or so they think as the person ends up being completely different and not the actual celeb. So beware of look-alikes.
Just A Regular Guy
Jerry is very famous but he also just like everyone else, a guy who wants to hang out with his kids, his wife, and his friend Mathew Broderick. He can laugh about his encounters with fans but like he said himself sometimes he just wants his private time and not to have all eyes on him all the time.
So when meeting celebs just be aware of this. Go up say hi and ask kindly for a picture and remember these are people just like us, not animals.
Jerry on meeting fans
When asked about his fans who adore him Jerry said he has no problem meeting and greeting them he just doesn’t love when people just want the picture and doesn’t care about anything else.
The comedian says he may just stop taking pictures with fans at times because he wants to talk to them and learn about them and not just stand a fake smile. It’s all about real interactions.