20 Fabulous Little Known Things About Zoolander.

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2/20 The names for the three facial expressions: Magnum, Le Tigre, and Blue Steel are actually names of the three Server Release Candidate channels on Second Life.

3/20 Zoolander began as a series of short films for the VH1 Fashion Awards in 1996 and 1997 that received positive reactions. After several script modifications VH1 Films finally agreed to create a full length film. Despite praise for the short films the movie was a box office failure, which many attribute to the release date immediately followign the September 11th attacks.

4/20 Ben Stiller cast several members of his family in the movie including his wife Christine (as Matilda), his father Jerry (as Maury Bellstein), his mother Anne (as a protester who hits Mugatu with an egg), his sister Amy (as one of Hansel's friend), and his brother-in-law Mitch (as the director of the infomercial).

5/20 "Derelicte" is the name of Mugatu's fashion line inspired by the "homeless, the vagrants, and the crack whores that make this wonderful city so unique". This element is inspired by a real fashion line created by John Galliano in 2000 that consisted of clothing worn by the destitute.

6/20 Zoolander never premiered in Malaysia as Malaysia's censorship board deemed it definitely unsuitable; the film depicted Malaysia as impoverished and dependent on sweat shops. In all Asian releases the references to Malaysia were changed to Micronesia. The film was also banned in Singapore due to the movie's excessive drug use but this was eventually overturned.

7/20 Owen Wilson wore a wig for the entire movie because he was filming Behind Enemy Lines at the same time and had to keep his hair short for the role.



8/20 The "Blue Steel" look was inspired by Christine Taylor making fun of how Ben Stiller would comb his hair in front of the mirror every morning.

9/20 Images of the World Trade Center towers were removed before the movie's release 17 days after the September 11th attacks. They were completely edited out of one shot and obscured in another. Stiller defended his decision to erase the images, saying he did what he thought was appropriate at the time.

10/20 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.

11/20 The club scene in which Winona Ryder's character gives Zoolander advice to lay low before rebuilding his modelling career mirrors Ryder's own career struggles. Three months after the release of Zoolander she was arrested for shoplifting clothes and self-imposed a six-year career exile to rebuild her reputation as a serious actress.

12/20 Will Ferrell asked if he could wear pants with an "M" cut out of his butt for Mugatu. Costume designer David C. Robinson said, "We never actually got around to that, however."

13/20 Bret Easton Ellis, author of Glamorama, about a dimwitted male model who finds himself embroiled in a terrorist ring with roots in the fashion industry, sued Ben Stiller following the release of this film, citing copyright infringement. The case was later settled out of court.



14/20 Ben Stiller wrote the part of Hansel specifically for Owen Wilson and didn't consider any other actor for the role.

15/20 Saint Adonis Cemetery where the three male models are buried does not exist because there's no such person. Adonis is a character in ancient Greek mythology known for his beauty, not a Christian saint.

16/20 Film critic Roger Ebert initially gave the film one out of four stars due to it's insensitive portrayal of child labour, but added that some of the film's bad taste came from it's proximity to the September 11th attacks. Years later Ebert privately admitted to Stiller that he changed his mind and apologized for going overboard on the review.

17/20 Milla Jovovich, who plays Katinka Ingabogovinanana, based her performance on her own mother, Russian actress Galina Jovovich.

18/20 Will Ferrell dyed his hair blonde three times to give it that Mugatu platinum look. He had to wear a wig for half a season ofSaturday Night Live in order to cover up the very unnatural hair colour.

19/20 Zoolander was nominated for five MTV Movie Awards and three Teen Choice Awards but only won one: Best Choice Hissy Fit for Ben Stiller at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards.

20/20 Zoolander's opening sequence was shot during the 2000 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. The scenes where Zoolander loses his "Model of the Year" title were filmed during commercial breaks.

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