About The Story
"Deep down, Hansel really admires Zoolander and looks up to him," says
Wilson of his brash character. "When we become friends, I let my guard down
and say how much I admired his work in the 'International Male' catalogue."
For Wilson, filming their characters' conflicts was not as easy as it appears on
"The walk-off scene was uncomfortable for me because I literally have never
danced in public, or in private," the actor confesses. "We had to
break dance in front of seventy-five extras who were cheering and booing."
For Derek, things start looking up when he gets his first comeback job from
ultra-eccentric designer, Mugatu (Will Ferrell). Unbeknownst to him, however,
the invitation is only made to lure him into Mugatu's fiendish assassination
"When Derek has this fall from the top, he's vulnerable, and my character
has a history of brainwashing models to be hit men," says Ferrell.
"Getting him under my control to star in my new line of clothes is just a
Ferrell, the versatile "Saturday Night Live" comedian, has always
pushed the envelope with a repertoire of eccentric characters, and the
outlandish, platinum blonde Mugatu is no exception.
Ferrell elaborates: "Mugatu likes to wear corsets, which were real ones I
had to squeeze into. It was insane. Once we stopped shooting, I was addicted to
wearing corsets. The big bold decision though, was to dye my hair platinum
blonde, no less than three times, as you'll see. A lot of people thought it was
a wig. We created this crazy hairstyle and I couldn't cut it. So, half the
season of "Saturday Night Live" I had to wear wigs to cover this big
head of platinum hair. Total insanity."
Mugatu is assisted by his beautiful cohort Katinka, played by Milla Jovovich in
a rare comic turn. Aside from the loyalty to her high fashion boss and their
evil mission, Katinka suffers severe repugnance for any off-the-rack department
"She's a unique type of intolerant villain," says Jovovich with a
laugh, explaining her character. "Snobbery doesn't begin to describe her
attitude towards discount retail fashion."
Trying to unravel the tangled plot, Zoolander is assisted by the diligent Time
Magazine reporter Matilda (Christine Taylor). After first writing a scathing
article on Derek, the tough journalist eventually softens up to the dim, but
to call Matilda the straight man in this movie," says Taylor. "It's
filled with many over-the-top, funny characters, and Matilda brings a sense of
reality to that world. You need to have somebody who is a bit of an anchor; a
voice of reason for the audience."
Taylor has particular experience mixing comedy and fashion, having donned those
'70s era mini-skirts in the two "Brady Bunch" features as the famously
envied, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
In addition to his wife, Christine Taylor, who plays Matilda the Time Magazine
journalist, Stiller ended up working with his immediate family, which is a quite
talented clan, indeed. His mother, Anne Meara, plays a protester at the
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. His sister, Amy Stiller, plays one of Hansel's fashion
posse, and his father Jerry, plays Derek's long-time agent, Maury Baulstein.
"My Dad has such a specific persona that so many people relate to, and he
brought that to the character. He's very prepared, and he comes in with so many
ideas," says Ben.
Watching the senior Stiller, it is hard to imagine anyone else in the role. He
explains his venture into new territory. "At the beginning, I was very wary
of what it would be like. When we first got on the set, I felt more nervousness
than usual bec
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