I feel like I’ve always had this mistaken view that Zach BraffÂ is some sort of douchebag. I couldn’t tell you where or when I picked up this assumption, I just thought he was supposed to be some universally reviled jerk. But then I learned two things today:
1) Zach Braff is a Redditor. Like, not only did he make an account for his AMA eight months ago, but he’s since stayed on to contribute to posts about Mitt RomneyÂ and poking fun at himself. It’s rare for celebrities to willingly immerse themselves in Reddit’s culture beyond politely promoting a new project.
2) When he hit 1 million Facebook fans, Zach held a contest where he would come visit whoever came up with the best 30-second video about their hometown. Three dudes from Vienna (Lukas, Lukas, andÂ Thomas) had the best video, and Zach remained true to his word and spent a day (May 2, 2012) with them.
It’s really sweet! Usually when we think about a celebrity hanging out with fans, it’s a very formal, five-minutes-for-the-cameras sort of deal. But you can tell from this video that Zach considers himself to be the winning party here: He gets to explore a previously unknown city (and Vienna isÂ gorgeous) with three expert tour guides. He trades stories about running into Arnold SchwarzeneggerÂ at the gym with the guys telling him what are the best Viennese German words (leiwand, for the record).
He even jams with them. This is like something out of a wish-fulfillment-fantasy movie.