It’s been 15 years since the release of ‘Zoolander,’ and now with the sequel, ‘Zoolander 2,’ just days away from release, Ben Stiller is opening up about how the film series’ characters and content have evolved to fit into today’s society. Stiller, who directs and stars in the film, revealed selfies and social media play a major role in the film, something today’s world simply can’t ignore.
Channeling his character for the cover of V Man #35, the 50-year-old told the publication, “Whenever we got back into it, more time had gone by.” He said. “For me, it’s a very natural thing that Derek would do selfies, once he figures out how to flip the camera around to take the picture. I’m probably as uncomfortable as anyone trying to figure out how to be a part of that, but Derek Zoolander has to figure out how to exist in that world, because if it had existed 15 years ago it would have been a big part of the movie.”
Stiller also spoke about what he hopes to accomplish with the film, saying, “First and foremost to hopefully make people laugh.” Stiller added, “That’s why people come to a comedy, and what I learn every time I screen a comedy, no matter what you do, if people aren’t laughing… But hopefully it’s a movie that has the world we’ve created that feels consistent, that takes you to a different place. And hopefully it’s the characters that people loved from the first film doing things they haven’t seen them do.”
‘Zoolander 2’ follows models Derek (Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) as they attempt to stop a conspiracy to kill the world’s most beautiful people. Will Ferrell returns to his role as Mugatu and Christine Taylor is back as Matilda Jefferies. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch and Penelope Cruz with cameos from Olivia Munn, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Kim Kardashian West. The comedy arrives in theaters on February 12.