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Zoolander [2001] (1 disc)

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Director:Ben Stiller
Writer:Ben Stiller
Drake Sather
John Hamburg
Composer:David Arnold
Length:89 minutes
(1 hour 29 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Mystery
  • Action
  • Family
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Synopsis: At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.


Reaction: Very funny and very original.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Ben Stiller => Director / Writer / Derek Zoolander
Drake Sather => Writer
John Hamburg => Writer
David Arnold => Composer
Alexander Skarsgård => Meekus
Amy Stiller => Hansel's Posse Member
Andy Dick => Olga the Masseuse
Billy Zane => Himself (uncredited)
Charles L. Brame => Abraham Lincoln (as Charles Brame)
Christian Slater => Himself
Christine Taylor => Matilda Jeffries
Claudia Schiffer => Herself
Cuba Gooding Jr. => Himself
David Bowie => Himself
David Duchovny => J.P. Prewitt
Donald Trump => Himself
Emma Bunton => Herself (uncredited)
Fabio => Himself
Fred Durst => Himself
Garry Shandling => Himself
Gavin Rossdale => Himself (uncredited)
Godfrey => Janitor Derek
Gwen Stefani => Herself
Heidi Klum => Herself
Irina Pantaeva => Irina
James Marsden => John Wilkes Booth
Jennifer Coolidge => American Designer
Jerry Stiller => Maury Ballstein
Jon Voight => Larry Zoolander
Judah Friedlander => Scrappy Zoolander
Justin Theroux => Evil DJ
Kimberly 'Lil' Kim' Jones => Herself (as L'il Kim)
Lance Bass => Himself
Lenny Kravitz => Himself
Lukas Haas => Himself
Mason Webb => Derek, Jr.
Matt Levin => Archie
Melania Trump => Herself (uncredited)
Milla Jovovich => Katinka Ingabogovinanana
Natalie Portman => Herself
Owen Wilson => Hansel
Paris Hilton => Herself
Patton Oswalt => Monkey Photographer
Sandra Bernhard => Herself (uncredited)
Taj Crown => Janitor Hansel
Tom Ford => Himself
Victoria Beckham => Herself (uncredited)
Vince Vaughn => Luke Zoolander (uncredited)
Will Ferrell => Jacobim Mugatu
Winona Ryder => Herself (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The film has been banned in Malaysia because of the use of fictional Malaysian Prime Minister as the subject of assassination. It was originally also banned in neighboring Singapore, but the ban has since been lifted.
  • Ben Stiller had several family members in this film: His wife Christine Taylor (Matilda), father Jerry Stiller (Maury Ballstein), mother Anne Meara (protestor who hits Mugatu with an egg), sister Amy Stiller (one of Hansel's friends in his loft), and brother-in-law [?] Mitch Winston (Director of the infomercial).
  • Owen Wilson, who plays Hansel, wore a wig for the entire movie. He was filming Behind Enemy Lines at the same time, and had to keep his hair short for the role.
  • The part of Mugatu was originally written for Andy Dick, who couldn't do it due to commitments to Go Fish.
  • Derek Zoolander is shown on a billboard modeling for Feria. Milla Jovovich (who plays Katinka Ingabogovinanana) modeled for Feria at the time.
  • Milla Jovovich based her performance on her own mother [?] Galina Jovovich.
  • Ben Stiller wrote David Bowie's scene as judge of the walk-off into the script without knowing for sure whether he would agree to it.
  • While trying to be farcical, the film is actually quite accurate regarding the modeling industry. Even the quick scene of the two sets of bunk beds at Derek's apartment is factual; [?] Cindy Crawford and [?] Jules Asner shared a similar bunkroom during the early days of their modeling careers.
  • Ben Stiller wrote the part of Hansel specifically for Owen Wilson and said that no one else was even considered for the role.
  • Owen Wilson says "Who you tryin' to get crazy with 'ese? Don't you know I'm loco?" These are the opening lines to the [?] Cypress Hill song [Insane in the Brain].
  • The voice heard saying "Ooo, Maury!" after Maury delivers the tushy squeeze is actually the voice of Christine Taylor (Matilda Jeffries).
  • Derek's repetition of the line "But why male models?" for the second time in the cemetery scene was an ad-lib by the actors; Ben Stiller forgot his line and simply repeated the earlier line again, and David Duchovny ran with it and gave him a straight answer.
  • Derek Zoolander's "Blue Steel" look evolved from Christine Taylor ribbing her husband Ben Stiller about the way he combs his hair in front of a mirror in real life.
  • Director Trademark - Ben Stiller: [Star Trek] Mugatu is named after Mugato from Star Trek: A Private Little War.