Ben Stiller brought his Zoolander character to Saturday Night Live last night, with Zoolander and pal Hansel discussing politics. Because, why would Zoolander and Hansel not go on television to discuss politics, right?
During the segment on “Weekend Update,” Ben Stiller’s Zoolander made it clear why he and Hansel were on the show, according to Us Weekly.
“‘Listen, Colin, we’re not here to talk about fashion,’ Hansel told Weekend Update host Colin Jost. ‘We’re here to talk about the one thing everyone wants to hear male models talk about: politics.'”
Yeah, Ben Stiller’s Zoolander is talking politics. What could possibly go wrong?
What did the duo say about the state of the race? Here are some quotes the New York Daily News grabbed from last night’s show.
Hansel on Hillary Clinton, “Well, you know, Hillary is from the 90s, which is really hot right now.”
Derek Zoolander on Bernie Sanders, “Bernie is a champion of the 99% — apparently the 99% off at JCPenney’s.”
Hansel added, “Chernobyl called and they want their disaster back.”
The Daily News noted that the pair were pretty rough on Republican candidates for president.
“The duo confused Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for an out-of-shape Tom Cruise and claimed Trump as one of their own.
“They celebrate Trump for his ‘classic male model looks’ depicted in photos of his spray-tanned face, blustery hair and second place loss at the Iowa caucus.
“We love him,” Stiller’s Zoolander said, referring to Trump. “Donny is just like us.”
As for Ben Stiller, the Daily News noted it was the second time Stiller had been back to the show since a one-month stint as a cast member in the 1980s ended with him not appearing on the show for another 20 years. He came back in 2011, and as the newspaper reported, Stiller reprised his wildly popular Zoolander character at the time. The paper also noted that Owen Wilson (a.k.a. Hansel) had never appeared on Saturday Night Live until last night’s “Weekend Update” segment.
This weekend’s SNL was full of excitement, and not only because of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson bringing their dimwitted characters to the show. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, made his first appearance on the show. Instead of going head-to-head with Larry David (a.k.a. SNL‘s Bernie Sanders), Sanders faced off with another Larry David character, who was having trouble getting along with the rest of the 99 percent.
Saturday (February 6) was also the night of the latest Republican debate, with “Donny” Trump facing off against his fellow Republicans in New Hampshire, just days before the state votes in the nation’s second nominating contest of the 2016 election cycle.
Trump, who skipped the last debate (and also appeared in the original Zoolander movie), appeared on the stage last night with his super model looks and actually fared pretty well. Trump, like Sanders and Clinton before him, has appeared on Saturday Night Live to pitch his candidacy. While he did not have any moments as memorable as Ben Stiller’s Zoolander character appearing on the show, he still made a mark with many people recalling his appearance alongside the show’s two distinctive Trump impersonators, Taran Killam and Darrell Hammond. While Hammond is currently serving as the show’s announcer, SNL‘s longest-ever cast member has reprised his role as actor this season. However, Killam has laid off the Trump character in favor of playing Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
As for whether Ben Stiller will come back to actually host SNL like many past cast members have done, there has been no announcement at this time. Zoolander 2 comes to theaters on February 12 across the United States.
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