In case you missed the world’s cutest bromance, don’t worry, Ellen’s got you covered.
Back in 2014, Matt Stopera, a Buzzfeed editor, lost his phone at a bar in New York City. Like everyone who’s had a bad night out, he bought another phone and quickly forgot all about it. That is until a couple months later, when he noticed a bunch of pictures, including selfies of a man posing in front of an orange tree, appearing on his photo stream that he obviously didn’t take. It turns out that his stolen phone had ended up in China and was still logged into his iCloud account.
He posted a story about the bizzare situation on Buzzfeed in an article titled, “Who Is This Man And Why Are His Photos Showing Up On My Phone?” Little did he know, that the post would go viral — in China. Soon enough, the internet had helped Matt find this mystery man, who turned out to be Li Hongjun, aka “Brother Orange.”
The two of them became internet celebrities — at one point, the tag “Matt Stopera” was the number one trending topic on Weibo. Finally, Matt ended up visiting Brother Orange in China, where they bonded through mud baths, touring and karaoke.
All this originated from Matt losing his iPhone. Seriously, people have got to stop smashing them.
Here is their bromance in a nutshell:
After that visit, the two of them met up in America again and even appeared on Ellen, where she named herself “Sister Orange.”
Now the story gets even better. Buzzfeed and Flagship Entertainment, which is a joint venture between China Media Capital and Warner Bros., will be teaming up to make a film about the “accidental friendship that transcended cultural divides,” the Guardian reports. Ellen DeGeneres and Matt Stopera will be the executive producers.
Watch the trailer here:
If you can’t wait for the movie to come out, here’s a game based on the two that can keep you occupied in the meantime.
By Sarah Lin
[Images via Instagram / YouTube]