By Hannah Sparks. July 10, pm Updated July 10, pm. As few knew the source of the viral clip, many on the internet — apparently born just yesterday — had speculated that the origin was some deep-cut scene featuring comedian Zach Galifianakis. But a closer look reveals that the footage is grainy and dated, by more than 45 years in fact, from a film released when Galifianakis, 49, was just a toddler.
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Large swaths of the internet were today years old when they learned the nodding GIF guy is actually Robert Redford. The classic reaction GIF, which is generally used to convey approval, is sourced from the film Jeremiah Johnson, in which Redford plays the titular role. Turns out, though, a nonzero number of people thought the guy in the GIF was comedian Zach Galifianakis, who did not play the titular role in Jeremiah Johnson. He was 3 years old when the movie was released. I just found out that this gif is Robert Redford and I am shooketh pic. Zack Galafinakis is going to be so flattered that you all think he looks like Robert Redford.
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The GIF frequently appears on Twitter used to show approval of a tweet. It was just one of those GIFs that lived on the internet just waiting to be used in response to a tweet or sent in a text to a friend. Then, in an article published on Tuesday, Splinter News blew the whole thing wide open. The so-called nodding man meme has been making the rounds since at least Naturally, people took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the meme.
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