On the latest episode of Fake Doctors, Real Friends podcast, the Scrubs star explained that he was walking over to Hathaway at the 2012 event to congratulate her on her performance in the film, for which she later won an Oscar.
“Her father stands ups and gives me this look like: ‘I’m going to kill this motherf*****. He’s got the balls to crash my daughter’s premiere? I’m going to strangle him.’”
Braff, it turns out, looks very similar to a real estate developer named Raffaello Follieri, who Hathaway once dated.
The pair broke up in 2008, just months before Follieri was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for conspiracy, wire fraud, and money-laundering.
“I got within 10 feet of [Hathaway’s father] and his face just f***ing broke, he sighed with a breath of relief realising it was me and not the ex-boyfriend,” said Braff.
The actor added that Eddie Murphy had also once noticed the similarities between him and Follieri. “Anybody ever tell you you look like Anne Hathaway’s boyfriend that went to jail?” Braff recalled Murphy saying. “Yeah, ‘cause I was watching the news and I was like, ‘That looks like the dude from Scrubs.’”