Twitter user @enemyfilm attempted to do exactly that — and the result was extremely uncomfortable for everyone involved.
They posted a clip of the awkward encounter, which sees Malek posing for a selfie before realizing a video is being taken.
When @enemyfilm requests that Malek say hi to their friends, Malek deadpans, "No, but we can take a picture."
The fan then posted the excruciatingly awkward video clip on Twitter with the caption "THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME," and it has since gone viral.
They seem to be taking the attention in stride, changing their Twitter bio to:
"no but we can take a picture (2018)."
The viral moment has actually started a legitimate debate about boundaries between fans and celebrities and what is or isn't fair to expect of famous people, but it's also made for plenty of hilarious memes.
See the original video and some of the hilarious responses below.
THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME pic.twitter.com/qIesyA3eWQ— xan 🌾 (@enemyfiIm) October 30, 2018
i worded this wrong he didnt take a photo OF HIMSELF- i meant he swiped the camera options until it was on "Photo" (i really hope that made sense) https://t.co/NVeTu5N9Nh— xan 🌾 (@enemyfiIm) October 30, 2018
that's why if i ever met someone famous i would just stare like this not knowing what to do pic.twitter.com/dK0VTxX34b— ōkami (@Illianminati) October 30, 2018
u: asks for video nicely— nayelli 🇲🇽 (@nayelliabarca) October 30, 2018
call me by your name (2017) pic.twitter.com/rzzSeN0EIT— zineb (@ladybirdmp3) October 30, 2018
MAMMA, JUST KILLED A FAN— nosferat-llew (@aIexgarland) October 30, 2018
PUT MY THUMB AGAINST HER SCREEN
SWIPED MY FINGER, NOW I'M MEME'D
rami malek when a fan asks for a video pic.twitter.com/nMMqeyXJ7u— 𝕙𝕒𝕚𝕝𝕤 ✰ (@malibunightz) October 30, 2018
I know Rami is super chill and nice with fans but after seeing this I'm terrified of him lmao pic.twitter.com/TFpYop1y0m— carol îmwe (@carxlinv) October 30, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek (dir. Bryan Singer, 2018) pic.twitter.com/QqiHg7Hbfl— #AStarIsBorn🌟 Available @SPOTIFY, iTUNES & AMAZON (@hausXoXo) October 30, 2018
Rami Malek be like pic.twitter.com/7koZlccitm— P.S. You're Wrong: A Pop Culture Podcast (@psyourewrong) October 30, 2018
that video up there? that video up there made me wanna die. pic.twitter.com/nmD03yAvoc— 𝐬𝐩øø𝐤𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐫ø𝐧 | happy hannahween 🎃 (@imabandiito) October 30, 2018
Reminds me of when I met Nathan Fillion at a signing and asked him to sign this photo. He looked at it for what felt like three minutes before handing it back, staring at me, and saying "I don't appreciate being asked to sign photos like this". I nearly died. pic.twitter.com/VDot1ilzp2— fleming (@flightrisker) October 30, 2018