Hansel, so scorching proper now! Zoolander wasn’t an in a single day success when it first premiered in 2001, but it surely has since turn into a cult basic.
The comedy, which pokes enjoyable on the world of male modeling, follows Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) as he tries to stay related when newcomer Hansel (Owen Wilson) eclipses him as the most well liked mannequin within the trade.
Despite their variations — Derek was old-fashioned with set poses, whereas Hansel was a thrill-seeker — the 2 males managed to foil the plot to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia at Mugatu’s (Will Ferrell) runway present.
While the movie didn’t achieve this nicely on the field office and was banned in Malaysia and Singapore for the usage of the fictional prime minister, Zoolander has since turn into iconic.
Derek’s blue metal pose, Mugatu’s ridiculous hair and the epic dance battle to save lots of the world are only a few causes followers nonetheless watch the film greater than twenty years later. The largest purpose for its delayed success, nevertheless, might be attributed to the 2 lead characters — and the actors who portrayed them.
“Derek and Hansel are very simple characters,” Stiller informed Esquire in March 2016, forward of the discharge of Zoolander 2. “I don’t pretend to know what the secret is, why people connect with them. But I can guess at it; they are genuine and pretty innocent.”
The Meet the Parents star added: “It’s always very clear, if the scene is written correctly, how Derek will react to a situation. The audience has a certain innate expectation of how they want to see him be and, if you go outside of that, it’s pretty clear what areas Derek doesn’t work in.”
Wilson, for his half, recalled the gradual burn with Zoolander, telling The Independent in February 2016 that he nonetheless will get acknowledged for his function within the movie.
“I noticed that when I was traveling, there were a lot of people who came up to me quoting Zoolander,” the Texas native stated on the time. “Ben said he had the same experience and a kind of following developed.”
The vogue satire film additionally marked one of many first initiatives Owen and Stiller labored on collectively. They have starred in additional than 10 movies collectively as of 2021, together with Starsky & Hutch and the Night on the Museum franchise.
“I don’t know if the relationship has developed over time. It’s a little like these characters [in Zoolander]. There isn’t a big arc,” the Wedding Crashers actor defined. “From when we first became friends, walking around New York, I think that we are still sort of laughing at the same things and our dynamic is still pretty similar.”
Scroll all the way down to see what the cast of Zoolander has been doing since its 2001 launch: