András Arató, the man behind Hide The Pain Harold’s printed smile and anguished eyes that made him the most famous meme in the world, was on holiday in Rome. It was the person directly interested in making it known on Facebook. Arató visited the main places of the capital, such as Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Square and Piazza Venezia, as well as having entertained himself in some bars and restaurants in the Eternal City. There was no shortage of selfies and photos with the expression that made him famous. Among these is one that portrays him in front of a billboard in Cinecittà depicting the faces of several celebrities of the cinema. “I should be there too”was Arató’s wry comment.
Who is András Arató and how he became famous
András Arató è a Hungarian engineer who discovered that he became the idol of the web by chance. “I took some selfies in 2010 while on vacation in Turkey and then uploaded them to a Hungarian social network. A photographer looking for models for his stock photos contacted me and we then met for a shooting session. A few month later during an online search I realized that I had become a meme. People thought that my smile, combined with the look in my eyes, was incredibly sad. Thus was born Hide the Pain Harold. “, he told in an interview with Wired.