Trivia: Zoolander

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  • Banned in Malaysia and Singapore: In the former country, the movie was banned due to scenes showing Malaysians as sweatshop workers; in the latter country, it was banned due to the plot centered on an assassination attempt against the Dalai Lama and because of Singapore's proximity to and ties with Malaysia.
  • Defictionalization: Orange Mocha Frappuccinos were sold at Starbucks for a limited time.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Sgt. Colbert shows up as one of Derek's roommates.
    • Patton Oswalt has a cameo as the photographer for Derek's monkey photo shoot.
    • Katinka is Leelo Dallas, or Alice if you please.
    • Vince Vaughn is one of Derek's brothers.
  • Real-Life Relative: Christine Taylor, who played Matilda, is Ben Stiller's wife, Maury was played by Jerry Stiller, Ben's father, and the protester who eggs Mugatu in the beginning is Anne Meara, Ben's mother.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In his first appearance in a US movie, Alexander Skarsgård was killed in a gasoline-fight explosion. Of course, he got better.
  • Technology Marches On: Derek's tiny cell phone was a hilarious reveal meant to display how privileged he was (this being 2001 before having a cell phone was highly commonplace), but by today's standards, it looks extremely out of date and low grade despite being still ridiculously tiny, largely because it failed to anticipate that the advent of smart phones would stop dead the trend they were exaggerating.
  • Throw It In: At the end of David Duchovny's long explanation for why models make the perfect assassins, Ben Stiller forgot what the next line was, and tried to wordlessly re-do the take by repeating his earlier line, "But why male models?" Duchovny rolled with it and ad-libbed "...you serious? I just... I just told you that, a moment ago." Fortunately, the error fit Stiller's character and was left in the final film.