'Zoolander's 20 Best Celebrity Cameos, Because 'Zoolander 2' Totally Needs To Take Inspiration From These
The Zoolander performances that cling to memory are those from star and director Ben Stiller and a villainous (and perfectly coiffed) Will Ferrell, but the true heroes of Zoolander are the many celebrities roped in to cameo and, thus, parody themselves.
Zoolander is filled to the brim with celebrity cameos, boasting actors, models, musicians, and business tycoons all laying waste to any sense of self-seriousness. In celebration of the grand characteristic of being able to laugh at yourself... and, yes, in anticipation of the upcoming Zoolander sequel... here's a quick ranking of the best and worst of Zoolander's self-skewering celebrity cameos.
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“Look, without Derek Zoolander, male modeling wouldn’t be what it is.”
Celebrates Derek Zoolander’s influence when interviewed about the male model extraordinaire. Makes more sense than he does in actual life.
Does pretty much nothing.
First beautiful celebrity by whom not to be distracted.
“It’s almost like there’s a light around him. He exudes beauty.”
Celebrates the aesthetic appeal of Derek, reminds us that he exists.
“He is a fashion icon.”
Sung the praises of Derek. Displayed apropos poshness, ditto spice.
(Drops appropriately somber beat)
Deejays the joint funeral of Rufus, Brint, and Meekus. Could stand to have dressed up a bit.
A five-way tie between...
Heidi Klum, Gwen Stefani, Stephen Dorff, Sandra Bernhard, and Lucas Haas
None of them does anything, but it’s cool that they’re there.
“I just loved the way that you handled losing that award to Hansel, and then you sort of laid low for a while and then made your comeback… it was so courageous.”
Flirts dreamily with Derek, and clearly misunderstands the nature of courage.
“He’s my muse.”
Undercuts the severity of his artistic voice. Assures us further that he’s cool, and not actually a racist.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
“It’s almost like the new afro for the white man, but it’s beautiful.”
Makes an astute analogy during the opening montage of interviews. Laments then-recent decision to star in Snow Dogs.
“I think about Derek every time I design a collection.”
Bonus points because this guy went on to direct A Single Man.
Second beautiful celebrity by whom not to be distracted.
“These ain’t no Slashies, folks.”
Presents the Male Model of the Year Award to Derek… despite the fact that he didn’t actually win it. Maintains poise.
Third beautiful celebrity by whom not to be distracted.
“You’re not a kid anymore. You could hurt yourself out there.”
Proves a loyal friend to Derek in his time of need: the walk-off.
“What this, the Slashie, means… is you consider me the best Actor-Slash-Model… and not the other way around.”
Wins the coveted Slashie, and accepts it with grace.
“He’s almost too good-looking. That would be my main deterrent in pursuing a relationship.”
Speaks in awe of Derek during interview.
(Gives thumbs up menacingly)
Fourth beautiful celebrity by whom not to be distracted.
“I believe I might be of assistance.”
Judges Derek and Hansel’s walk-off competition. Tears off sunglasses. Earns screen credit.
“It’s a walk-off!”
Is a cool dude.