Marcel Matuszek: The Guy Behind the Facebook Fame

By Breana Brill

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Junior Marcel Matuszek has become extremely well known for multiple things, but among them the most popular would be his Facebook profile picture pose. Head tilted slightly to the right, with his thick black hair combed in the same direction and mouth slightly open, this has become known as his signature “Marcel pose.”

“It just came to be; it just naturally came to be,” Matuszek said.

But “the pose” is only one part of Marcel’s package. He also writes statuses that gets up to 400 “likes” which usually involve advice on how to treat a girl.

“I just write my mind… like if something is going on at school or in my life,” Matuszek said.

Whatever goes through Matuszek’s mind seems to capture the attention of a lot of  Facebook users, which gains him his “like” popularity. Even though Matuszek gets made fun of because of the attention he gets on Facebook (mostly from his guy friends since a lot of that attention comes from girls) he wouldn’t change his high-ranking Facebook for anything.

“I love the spotlight,” he said.

Even though Matuszek takes pride in his Facebook fame, he doesn’t let it take up a lot of his time. He likes to spend most of his time playing soccer, tennis, or occasionally fixing cars with his grandpa on the weekends. He loves to “get down and dirty with it” and thinks that it’s a fun activity to do in his free time. It also gives him a chance to bond with his grandpa; Matuszek loves spending time and joking around with him.

When Matuszek was a little boy, one of his first childhood memories is of him getting a motor scooter and riding it everywhere. Although cars are just a pastime, Matuszek seems to really enjoy being around, driving, and working with them.

Family is a big part of Matuszek’s life. His sister Julia and he are his family’s first generation in America. Even though most of Matuszek’s family lives back in Poland, his parents immigrated here in their late twenties for “more opportunities and to make a better life for me and my sister.” Matuszek is very thankful that his parents decided to move to America.

“It’s ghetto as hell [in Poland.] The kids, no one cares about them, and everything’s old.”

Matuszek still maintains a close relationship to the family members that live in Poland because he visits almost every year. He loves going back to hang out with his cousins and see where he could have grown up.

“It’s nice to go back and revisit everything.”

Besides family being a big part of his life, soccer has been Matuszek’s main focus lately. He played for Niles West’s team but recently stopped playing for them to focus more on his academy team called The Magic, which is a more intense and competitive soccer league that prepares players for college level soccer. One of Matuszek’s dreams is to become a professional soccer player. But if the whole professional athlete thing doesn’t work out, he wants to attend Northwestern to study law because he “loves arguing.”

One of the main things that has inspired him to become a lawyer is that he believes there is too much violence in the world, and if he could change anything, it would be to reduce all the violence. Now even though he thinks that it’s not something that will ever be able to be stopped, especially by only one person, he thinks that at least trying to take step forwards to be able to reduce it will be a start.

“Violence needs to stop… gangs… any violence whatsoever,” he said.

When Matuszek isn’t busy fixing cars, playing soccer, visiting Poland, or thinking about his future, he loves watching comedy and old Disney movies. Although comedies are probably his favorite, he loves watching Tarzan because it brings back a ton of childhood  memories. He also “enjoys long walks on cemeteries…” okay, just kidding. But he does love hanging out with his best friend and sophomore,  Greg Solawa, who he’s known since fourth grade. Matuszek likes to think of himself almost as a mentor for Solawa, since he’s a year older then him.

“We have common interests. He’s hilarious,” he said. “We find the best things in life. Humor, we make the best out of every situation. I try to show him what he should do next year, he can learn from my mistakes… like school, girls, sports.”

Solawa agrees.

“He’s like my best friend. I knew him since we were in like elementary school and now through high school he gives me rides everywhere, gives me good advice, knows how to cheer me up in every way, and overall one the best friends of my life,” Solawa said.

One of Solawa’s favorite memories with Matuszek happened just recently at the Swedish House Mafia concert just last Wednesday.

“We snuck into the first row and just had an amazing time at the concert… he was by me and we grabbed each other and danced like brothers,” Solawa said.

Matuszek is more than just a head tilt and slightly open mouth – he’s an aspiring lawyer and soccer player, and an amazing friend.


29 Responses to “Marcel Matuszek: The Guy Behind the Facebook Fame”

  1. Ben on February 22nd, 2013 10:42 am

    Wow. He adds random people half the people he doesn’t even know. Smh. 1 star


    Jennifer Reply:

    Shuttup you sound stupid


  2. JAMES on February 22nd, 2013 10:43 am

    THIS KID just adds random strangers on facebook.. There is no fame..


    Sammmy34 Reply:

    You guys are just haters!


  3. a on February 22nd, 2013 12:00 pm

    He accepts everyone its not his fault he gets freind requests lay off james and ben y’all are haters


  4. John on February 22nd, 2013 2:43 pm

    Having a lot of Facebook friends isn’t being famous.

    This is a fine article, but too much focus was placed on Facebook fame.


    robert Reply:

    HATER relax man its just a paper


    Lucas D. Yun Reply:

    I wouldn’t consider it hate. It’s rather a good point. But I do meet this guy every time in 2nd period and I do got to say, he is a lot more than you think.


  5. Karolina on February 22nd, 2013 3:39 pm

    He’s so hot mmm


    Roxannne Reply:

    Agreed 🙂


    Freshman Reply:

    Relax hes ours !!!!!!!!!! Back offfffff


  6. sammy on February 22nd, 2013 4:02 pm

    But hes hot so who cares!


  7. lol on February 22nd, 2013 8:47 pm

    he adds people he would have no way of knowing… smh. nicely written tho breana


  8. Buzzy on February 22nd, 2013 9:47 pm

    well written article..i must say! Fame comes in different styles nowadays so let him be. So what If he adds random people, there is nothing wrong with that. Everyone does it; if you dont want to be added, you can simply decline or change your settings so no one will added you.

    Btw I dont have him as a friend so Im good lmao


  9. Sunny Naqvi on February 22nd, 2013 11:22 pm

    why do i not know who he is…?


    What Reply:

    Thhhen you must be living under a rock


  10. Michellekaser on February 23rd, 2013 10:40 pm

    Ths kid is gorgeous… i like the hair tooooo s


  11. Sarahbear on February 25th, 2013 10:25 pm

    Didnt he just get a modeling contract?


  12. sharonco on February 25th, 2013 10:26 pm

    Saw this kid at the carnival but damn is he cute


  13. Dudeican on February 25th, 2013 10:30 pm

    I dont understand why this negative attnetion came from he made some good on facebook adn is popular


  14. kyle and peter on February 26th, 2013 9:23 am

    Marcel couldn’t change a flat tire if his life depended on it.

    !!!Also he is sooooooo hot!!!


  15. hahah on February 26th, 2013 5:20 pm



  16. really? on February 26th, 2013 5:30 pm

    have they run out of things to talk about over at the nwn?


    Mara Shapiro Reply:

    If you have story ideas for us, please share them in the submit story idea box we have at the top of the homepage. We are always open to our readers’ suggestions.


    really?... Reply:

    it’s not my job to come up with stories. you guys are the journalists. find stories with substance…


    Mara Shapiro Reply:

    I don’t believe I told you to “come up with stories.” We do come up with our own stories, hence publishing multiple ones each day. However, if you are displeased with what we are covering, please let us know of other stories that we can cover. It’s more productive to suggest other stories with “substance” than insult via your comments.

  17. ShannonMc on February 27th, 2013 9:14 pm

    What a beutiful young boy


  18. Shaygirl on March 11th, 2013 5:48 pm

    When did the whole school realize this happened?


  19. Lucas D. Yun on March 16th, 2013 8:16 pm

    The comments here aren’t rather “hate posts”, but more like “criticism”. It’s not negative in pure hatred, but in pure points. I do got to say, it does sound quite odd to just add everyone that asks you to be a friend on Facebook weird or reckless. And of course you don’t get much fame from it.

    But this guy, he is absolutely hilarious and quite unpredictable at times. He does tease me in a while, but I don’t mind. IS ALL GOOD.


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