'When the person sitting next to you has no idea who you are,' the actor hilariously captioned a video.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 13, 2023. It has since been updated.
While most people have stopped wearing masks since COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed across the world, many celebrities still prefer to use masks when stepping out. In addition to protecting their health, masks also provide some privacy and help them go out into the world without being recognized.
This was seen in a video actor Rainn Wilson shared to his Instagram Story. The star filmed himself in what appears to be the business class section of a domestic Delta flight, wearing a blue medical mask and a hat, reports PEOPLE. He was also not wearing any glasses at the time— a key attribute of his character from "The Office". In the text overlay on the video, Wilson wrote: "When the person sitting next to you has no idea who you are..."
In the video, Wilson can be seen shaking his head a little before turning the camera to show the gentleman sitting to his left on the plane, eating and watching an episode of "The Office". The man obviously did not know that one of the lead actors in the show was sitting right next to him. Wilson continues to record this moment until the camera faces him again and he just bulges his eyes wide at the hilarious situation.
This video that Rainn Wilson posted is hilarious. pic.twitter.com/pW1ZT6BWpM— QENNY living rent free (@AKBrews) April 11, 2023
When the actor is not traveling, he is seen contributing to important causes. In November 2022, Wilson changed his name to "Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson" to bring notice to the melting ice caps in the Arctic as a result of climate change. He also partnered with Artic Basecamp, an organization that works on the crisis and advocates for action. Wilson is also a board member of Artic Basecamp.
"Sorry to get so dark so quick," the comedian said in a video shared on Twitter at the time. "You see, what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic. As the polar caps melt, it drives up risks throughout the world — including extreme weather events that affect all of us. So, as a cheap little stunt to help save planet earth, I've changed my name on Twitter, Instagram and even on my fancy writing paper."
He also suggested to other celebrities what their names could be. "Cardi the Arctic B Melting," Wilson said, along with, "Jack Black Carbon is Killing Us," "Ty-phoons Are Increasing Burrell," "Amy Poehler Bears are Endangered," "Harrison 'Why Not Drive an Electric?' Ford" and "Samuel Earth's Getting Hot as L. Jackson."
As for his own name, Wilson is still going by his original name on Twitter, though he revealed it was not by choice "P.S. THEY WON'T LET ME CHANGE MY NAME BECAUSE, ELON!" he tweeted, referencing Twitter owner Elon Musk's new rule that doesn't allow name changing.
"This is not a joke," he said in a statement shared with The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm as serious as the melting Arctic, which amplifies global risks including extreme weather events around the globe."
Those who want to participate in the cause can change their name on Arcticrisk.org. Wilson's name change had come ahead of the COP27 summit. The conference took place in Egypt and brought people together from all over the world to discuss ways to slow down global warming.
Wilson sure knows how to make us laugh and also think about the world's problems!