We've all heard the phrase, "never meet your heroes," because they never quite live up to the image you have in your head. But in the case of Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani, the opposite happened. Nanjiani stepped away from the limelight to tweet a story about the time he met his hero Richard Curtis, the writer of his favorite film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Get your hankies at the ready.
Kumail's Four Weddings And A Funeral Story
We all have that one movie or song that resonates with us. Maybe it helped get us through a difficult time, or allows us to remember that special someone we hold dear to our hearts. For some people, there's a certain movie they relate to so deeply that it affects them in ways they can't possibly explain. For Kumail Nanjiani, that movie was Four Weddings and a Funeral.
In a series of Twitter posts that string together like the frames of a film reel, Nanjiani explains his passion for the movie and what it was like to meet #RichardCurtis for the first time. Like all great stories, Nanjiani's tale begins with unrequited high school love, when he had a major crush on a girl who was in love with another guy:
Nanjiani used Hugh Grant's classic Four Weddings and a Funeral romantic lead Charles to help sharpen his comedic talents:
Nanjiani even watched the rom-com on his own wedding day:
He even references his favorite film in his upcoming movie The Big Sick.
Meeting Richard Curtis
As with most people who meet someone famous, we too tend to turn all gushy and feel as if the words coming out of our mouths just drop to the floor. Nanjiani recalls meeting Curtis as the Writers Guild of America Awards, and how he blabbed on "for too long, unscripted, about how much his work means. I utterly & completely embarrass myself." And yet after the encounter, Curtis's partner, broadcaster Emma Freud, asked Nanjiani to participate in a live video for Red Nose Day, the charity founded by Curtis:
For his part in the charity, Nanjiani downed a tablespoon of Ultimate Insanity hot sauce before reading his favorite quotes from Four Weddings and a Funeral. If this isn't the definition of a super fan, I don't know what is.
Proof You Should Always Follow Your Passion
In his Twitter chain, Nanjiani then talks about the premiere of his movie The Big Sick, before recalling the moment when that high school crush evolved into a moment of awesomeness. Just as he was about to leave to go to the premiere, Nanjiani received a package from Curtis. In that package was something that took him by complete surprise:
Yep, in the box were several frames from Nanjiani's favorite film — a symbol of what it means to have someone acknowledge you because of something you expressed with full sincerity and without hesitation. As Nanjiani wrote:
So I guess I'm saying: be nice to someone who loves what you do. It'll mean more to them than you can ever understand.
Catch Nanjiani in The Big Sick, released to cinemas on July 14. Silicon Valley screens Sundays on HBO. Check out the trailer below for The Big Sick and tell us about a time you met a celebrity and how you handled yourself.