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Rami Malek Thought It Was A Joke When Robert Downey Jr. Emailed Him

Rami Malek Thought It Was A Joke When Robert Downey Jr. Emailed Him

You would think that when you've become an Oscar-winning actor, very little would faze you.

But Rami Malek has revealed that he thought he was being pranked when he received an email from Hollywod A-lister Robert Downey Jr.

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The Avengers star was a guest host on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and interviewed his now good friend, and the two decided to reminisce about how they first met.

At the start of the interview, the Downey Jr. admitted that he had been a fan of Malek's work for a long time prior to meeting him.

The 54-year-old said: "I was such a fan of Mr. Robot, I basically emailed you, and I was serial texting you and I was trying to FaceTime you and you didn't let me weird you out and now we're friends."

When Malek received an email from Downey Jr. he thought it was a joke. Credit: Getty
When Malek received an email from Downey Jr. he thought it was a joke. Credit: Getty

But at first, Malek, 38, said, he thought he was being had.

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He said: "I couldn't even believe it was you. For a second, I got the email from Robert and I thought, 'OK, somebody's playing tricks on me.' And then they kept coming and they were so witty."

Downey Jr. then jumped in, joking: "I hired writers!"

Malek went on: "It got to the point where I thought it could be no one else but you. This friendship has continued, you came to visit me on set, I couldn't believe that."

Downey Jr. added: "Oh that was so cool!"

The two now star together in the upcoming movie Dolittle, which Malek revealed was all down to the Avengers star.

He explained: "You called me. Of course, this usually goes through a number of agents and whatnot, but when RDJ calls you, it's like, 'Yeah, sure, I'll come do it'."

The two star together in Dolittle. Credit: PA
The two star together in Dolittle. Credit: PA

The film also stars Marion Cotillard, Carmen Ejogo, Octavia Spencer, Harry Collett and Antonio Banderas.

The official synopsis says: "After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

"But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures."

Dr. Dolittle's adventures have been adapted many times, with the best known versions arguably the late '90s Dr. Dolittle films, which starred Eddie Murphy.

Dolittle lands in UK cinemas on 7 February.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: TV and Film, Interesting, US News, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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