Haven't you always wondered if the real "Soup Nazi" was as prickly as his Seinfeld counterpart? Well, I was. So this morning I went on a hunt trying to find any videos that show the real person behind the now famous episode on the best show ever on television.
What I found surprised me, but it really shouldn't have. The "Soup Nazi" rebranded himself as "The Original Soup Man," has franchised restaurants, his own website, and YouTube channel. What?! After you watch the video below where he tears a TV news reporter apart, you wouldn't think that he would be so willing to adjust his business strategy in that way.... but you'd be wrong. Clearly the guy is as smart a businessman as they come, and has embraced the image that Seinfeld gave the public of him.
So smart, in fact, that the actor that played the "Soup Nazi" is involved in promotion as well as Jason Alexander "George" himself.
Check out this promo video that clearly has staged interviews with actors.
What I really want to know is if every franchised restaurant comes with a bossy, surly chef?
Anyways, I was curious if the real "Soup Nazi," Al Yeganeh, was as coarse as how he was portrayed on the show. Well, in my search I found a pretty telling video of a reporter trying to interview him for a segment and he pretty much rips her a new one... Let's just say that he has a few choice words for her.
Unfortunately the video is pretty grainy, but I think you'll get the point. It's well worth it.