His name may not ring a bell to many, but his face does. His 159 million followers have crowned Khaby Lame as TikTok’s biggest star. The best part? He hasn’t even needed to open his mouth for it. His hilarious reactions have been enough to launch him to fame at just 21 years old, the age at which he joined TikTok.
However, it seems that the platform has become too small for him and now he has decided to make the leap to cinema. Lame will debut as a director with his own short film, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. In addition, it will be the Taormina Film Festival 2023 that will host the world premiere of the short film.
However, she is not the only star to debut behind the camera. Bella Thorne will also present her short film (Paint Her Red) at the festival and invited Lame to curate the “Influential Shorts” gala. The festival’s co-artistic director, Barret Wissman, has been enthusiastic about Lame’s participation. He comments that the festival is “thrilled to bring Khaby to Taormina […] it is imperative for us to encourage younger, fresher audiences through new media. Khaby helps us attract new, more diverse, younger, international and Italian fans to our historic festival.”
Who is Khaby Lame?
Khabane Lame (@khaby.lame on TikTok) rose to popularity thanks to his mockery of supposed “hacks” to make your life easier. In his videos, we can see him perform the same tasks as the supposed “hacks” but in a much simpler way and without talking. He doesn’t need to either because his face says it all.
Of Senegalese origin, Lame has lived in Italy since his parents emigrated two decades ago. He was an ordinary boy working in a factory in the city of Chivasso. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused him to lose his job and he was initiated into the world of TikTok.
Even with the dissatisfaction of his parents, who thought that recording videos was a waste of time, Lame managed to turn the tables and achieved unprecedented success on the platform. His gestures and white humor have managed to cross barriers. His popularity has helped him to collaborate with movie stars such as John Cena, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, for example. Will his foray into film be as successful as his work on TikTok?
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