Like a lot of us, Ben Stiller realized something familiar in Donald Trump’s most recent tweets Saturday morning.
The president use of this phrase, “my 2 greatest assets have been psychological equilibrium and being, for example, really clever”–an attempt to defend himself against allegations that suggest otherwise by a few of the closest advisers in Michael Wolff’s new book–seemed much like one of Derek Zoolander’s most famous quotations.
“I'm pretty sure there’s a whole lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking,” Stiller’s character mentioned in the original 2001 film. “And I intend on finding out what that is.”
From the exclusive audio below, Stiller did us the favor of reading Trump’s latest string of tweets aloud as his dim-witted male version character, and the outcome is actually pure “genius.”
“I wish he’d said ‘enjoy, really, really clever,”’ Stiller wrote The Daily Beast within an email, explaining the 45th president of the United States “has a weird thing with Zoolander,” after all, “he was at the first one.”
Yes, one of Trump’s many strange cameos from his pre-political profession was in that cult-hit film. Together with then-girlfriend Melania Knauss by his side–less than two decades after his second divorce, out of Marla Maples–his five-second appearance consisted of the lineup, “Look, without Derek Zoolander, male modeling would not be what it is today.”
Stiller and his Zoolander co-star Owen Wilson returned the favour at February 2016 whenever they stopped by Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” within their characters to encourage the movie’s long-awaited sequel and tell some jokes about Trump’s fashion sense while they were at it.
“Donny’s just like us. He has the classic male model looks,” Stiller’s Zoolander said at the time. “Orange Mocha Crapaccino” and “Hot Mess” as the Trump versions of the “Blue Steel” and “Magnum.”
“And lastly,” he added, “after Iowa, he has a brand new signature appearance: ‘Second Place. ”’
A little over a year after, billionaire Mark Cuban has been publicly speaking to Trump as “the Zoolander president.”
Now, we no longer have to imagine exactly what Trump’s words sound like coming from Derek Zoolander’s mouth.