A raft of thespians really made the effort to become unrecognisable for roles in 2016, whether through over-eating (McConaughey), heavy prosthetics (Downton’s Dan Stevens for ‘Beauty and the Beast’) or simply just bad eyebrows (John Travolta in ‘The People Vs O.J. Simpson). Here are a few more of the best. Image credits: Reuters/Disney/Lionsgate/BBC/Associated Press/Cover Media/Warner/Universal/Deadline/Fox/Sony/Focus Features/FameFly/Instagram/AFP/FX/US Weekly/WENN/GC Images
A college campus in the US has pulled a screening of ‘Zoolander 2’ from a forthcoming film festival over what it reckons are inappropriate jokes at the expense of the LGBT community. Among the jokes deemed offensive is that featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s androgynous character called All, who is asked whether they have ‘a hot dog or a bun’. “After screening 'Zoolander 2’, we observed that the film did not portray the LGBTQ community in a positive light and made a series of inappropriate jokes at the expense of individuals of marginalized identities,” the programming board said in a statement.
It is a world record befitting as dim-witted a man as model and fashion icon Derek Zoolander. Last night at the London premiere of ‘Zoolander 2’, Ben Stiller assembled a star-spangled group of celebs to nail down the world selfie stick record. It measured an impressive 8.56 metres for the world record win.
Together, they probably have roughly the same IQ as clothes shop mannequins, which made Ben Stiller’s Derek Zoolander and Owen Wilson’s Hansel perfect for this stunt. The pair stopped traffic and drew crowds in Rome as they posed in the window of the swish Valentino store. Moves such as Le Tigre, Magnum and, of course, Blue Steel were very much in evidence.
A petition has been launched condemning ‘Zoolander 2’ for being transphobic and calling for the movie to be boycotted. The ire has been caused by Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, as unveiled in the first trailer for the sequel, released last week. It featured a barely recognisable Cumberbatch playing an androgynous model called All. In the online petition, creator Sarah Rose writes: “Cumberbatch’s character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals.
Derek Zoolander tackles the tough questions in the first "Zoolander 2" teaser, released Sunday. The two-minute clip begins with a cosmology lesson from a Stephen Hawking-esque voiceover. "The human brain, the pinnacle of billions of years of evolution -- a brain that possesses the power of reason and the ability to ponder life's most ancient riddles: why are we here? Is there intelligent life beyond this galaxy?