Jake Gyllenhaal was almost cast in Ben Stiller’s ‘Zoolander’

It’s been 20 years, and Hansel continues to be “so hot right now.”

But it surely was virtually Jake Gyllenhaal, not Owen Wilson, because the hippy-dippy male mannequin in “Zoolander.”

Gyllenhaal, 40, was within the operating to play “Male Model of the Year” Hansel within the 2001 film alongside director and star Ben Stiller, who revealed the bombshell in an interview with Esquire.

In honor of the movie’s twentieth anniversary, stars Stiller, Christine Taylor and Milla Jovovich regarded again on making the hilarious satirical flick concerning the vogue business and revealed that Gyllenhaal was within the operating for Hansel at one level when the “Wedding Crashers” star virtually missed out on account of different commitments.

Stiller stated that Wilson was all the time his first alternative for Hansel, however when the “Loki” star appeared to have some scheduling conflicts, the filmmakers have been compelled to carry auditions and look elsewhere.

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Ben Stiller starred as dumb vogue mannequin Derek Zoolander within the 2001 comedy.

“The only one that I remember clearly was a young Jake Gyllenhaal doing this wide-eyed version of Hansel that was really funny,” Stiller stated.

And that wasn’t the one massive reveal from Stiller, who stated Will Ferrell wasn’t the primary option to play evil vogue mogul Mugatu, both.

Owen Wilson in the sequel to "Zoolander."
Owen Wilson within the sequel to “Zoolander.”
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“Andy Dick was supposed to play [the villain] Mugatu,” added the “Along Came Polly” actor, noting that Dick had a battle with taking pictures a sitcom. “Now it’s impossible for me to picture anybody but Will [Ferrell] doing it.”

The flick opened simply two weeks after 9/11 and initially obtained less-than-positive critiques. However alas, it has stayed a cult basic twenty years on and a sequel was launched in 2016.

Milla Jovovich, Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell in the original film.
Milla Jovovich, Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell within the authentic movie.
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“It was such a hard time with comedy,” stated Taylor. “Laughing might be a remedy in the moment, but the truth of the matter is, people weren’t ready.”

“It was a weird time,” Stiller added.

The solid additionally revealed how they averted receiving an R score and settled for a PG-13 grade as a substitute. “Ben went to the ratings board to say, ‘Listen, Would I ever put my wife in anything that would be questionable?’” Taylor defined. “The Wedding Singer” star has been married to Stiller since 2000.

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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor in the 2001 film.
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor within the 2001 movie.
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She continued, “Because he got to use that as part of his argument, coupled with keeping it shorter and lessening the amount of characters that made it into that scene, [that] had to do with how it ended up getting rated [PG-13].”