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Zoolander (2001, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson)

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Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is the world’s top model; until Hansel (Owen Wilson) arrives on the scene. The new face du jour wins Male Model of the Year and usurps the throne, while Zoolander’s world implodes when his friends are killed, and the media start a feeding frenzy. Avant-garde designer Mugatu (Will Ferrell) steps in to play saviour, offering Zoolander a chance to model his new “derelicte” range of couture inspired by the homeless. But Mugatu has another agenda: to assassinate the Malaysian PM, whose child labour laws threaten his business. Zoolander is brainwashed to carry out the deed, but his plan hasn’t figured on interfering reporter Matilda Jeffries (Christine Taylor) and some unexpected allies…

Stiller’s previous efforts as director – Reality Bites and The Cable Guy – were brave and trenchant. Zoolander’s satire is blunt and broad-brush, but develops the idiot-made-good persona that has seen Stiller in perpetual employment. As were his family: wife Christine Taylor gets a major role, while his mother, sister and brother-in-law get a scene each. Even the pet labrador gets a turn. But it’s veteran comic Jerry Stiller (Ben’s father) that walks away with the film as Zoolander’s agent, Maury, dressed as mutton and spouting Catskill-friendly shtick.

production details
USA | Paramount | 89 minutes | 2001

Director: Ben Stiller
Script: John Davis, John Hamburg, Drake Sather, Ben Stiller,

cast
Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander
Owen Wilson as Hansel McDonald
Christine Taylor as Matilda Jeffries
Milla Jovovich as Katinka Ingabogovinanana
Judah Friedlander as Scrappy Zoolander
Nathan Lee Graham as Todd
Alexandre Manning as Brint
Asio Highsmith as Rufus
Alexander Skarsgård as Meekus
Jon Voight as Larry Zoolander
Patton Oswalt as Monkey Photographer
David Duchovny as J.P. Prewitt
Christian Slater as Himself
James Marsden as John Wilkes Booth
Winona Ryder as Herself (uncredited)
Jerry Stiller as Maury Ballstein
Will Ferrell as Jacobim Mugatu
Donald Trump as Himself
Tom Ford as Tom Ford
Cuba Gooding Jr. as Himself
Steve Kmetko as Himself
Tommy Hilfiger as Himself
Natalie Portman as Herself
Lenny Kravitz as Himself
Gwen Stefani as Herself
Heidi Klum as Herself
Mark Ronson as Himself
Paris Hilton as Herself
David Bowie as Himself
Tyson Beckford as Himself
Fred Durst as Himself
Lance Bass as Himself
Lil’ Kim as Herself
Garry Shandling as Himself
Stephen Dorff as Himself
Sandra Bernhard as Herself
Claudia Schiffer as Herself
Veronica Webb as Herself
Lukas Haas as Himself
Carmen Kass as Herself
Frankie Rayder as Herself
Matt Levin as Archie
Justin Theroux as Evil DJ
Andy Dick as Olga the Masseuse
Woodrow Asai as Prime Minister of Malaysia
Andrew Wilson as Hansel’s Corner Guy
Vikram Chatwal as Hansel’s Posse
Kashana as Hansel’s Posse
Jonah Luber as Hansel’s Posse
Michael McAlpin as Hansel’s Posse
Ève Salvail as Hansel’s Posse
Shavo Odadjian as Hansel’s Posse
Eliot Johnson as Hansel’s Posse
Richard Gladys as Hansel’s Posse
Amy Stiller as Hansel’s Posse
John Vargas as Italian Designer
Jennifer Coolidge as American Designer
Tony Kanal as French Designer
Endre Hules as German Designer
Nora Dunn as British Designer
Ric Pipino as Derek’s Interview Hairstylist
Jennifer McComb as Mugatu Model
Johann Urb as Mugatu Bodyguard
Luc Commeret as Mugatu Bodyguard
Herb Lieberz as Time Magazine Reader
Zoya as Night Club Door Person
Colin McNish as Night Club Security
Darren Copeland as Night Club Security
Richard Stanley as Night Club Bouncer / Biff
Shabazz Richardson as Night Club Bouncer / Maurice
Rohan Quine as Night Club Bouncer
Svetlana as Billy Zane’s Date
Eric Winzenreid as Rico
Charles Brame as Abraham Lincoln
Rudy Segura as JFK Assassin
Randall Slavin as JFK Assassin
Irina Pantaeva as Irina
Stan Chu as Sherpa
Kum Ming Ho as Climber
Theo Kogan as Cool Tattoo Girl
Lam Bor as Dalai Lama Guy
Angel 11:11 as Funky Loft Guest
Luther Creek as Funky Loft Guest
Dechen Thurman as Funky Loft Guest
Kenny Max as Funky Loft Guest
Kina as Ennui
David Pressman as Maori Tribesman
Godfrey as Janitor Derek
Taj Crown as Janitor Hansel
Richie Rich as Derelicte Doorman
King as Derelicte Bouncer
Frederic Fekkai as Derek’s Derelicte Hairstylist
Kevyn Aucoin as Derek’s Derelicte Make-up Artist
Boris Kachscovsky as Zoolander Center Student
Mitch Winston as Infomercial Director
Mason Webb as Derek, Jr.
Alexa Nikolas as Story Hour Girl
Victoria Beckham as Herself (uncredited)
Gavin Rossdale as Himself (uncredited)
Vince Vaughn as Luke Zoolander (uncredited)
Billy Zane as Himself (uncredited)
Fabio as Himself
Klara Landrat as Model
Jerry Stahl as VH1 Reporter


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