DISCLAIMER: To anyone who works with, is related to, or is employed by Ben Stiller: This is a personal account of a situation that occurred over 10 years ago. I am not trying to blaspheme, denounce, or defame Ben Stiller, I am just describing what happened to me. Don't sue, I have NO MONEY WHATSOEVER.
The Ben Stiller thing. You guys sure are persistent. OKAY. I'll say it. I think Ben Stiller is an asshole. I say this from personal experience. I also think he's not funny, I loathe the movies he makes (with the exception of "Keeping The Faith" with Ed Norton and Jenna Elfman, I thought that movie was adorable) and he appears to have the biggest ego a short man could ever have. THIS OPINION IS NOT SHARED BY MANY OTHERS. I get that. But I have a personal story to back me up, so here goes.
Back in the day, around 2000, I was an actress/model living in NYC. I got a call to be an extra in "Zoolander" and since a gig is a gig, I hauled my skinny ass over to Long Island City to spend the day (and night) in an abandoned warehouse, in the cold, in wretched conditions, for sixty lousy bucks. Like I said, a gig was a gig.
Since I have purposely never SEEN the film, I dunno if you can see me or not, but it's the scene at the end at the big fashion show? Where there's a big action scene? I have no idea. I was moved to the front row, which was pretty neat, cause THAT meant I was right next to Milla Jovovich, who is the most gorgeous woman in the world, and she complimented my necklace and I almost up and DIED that was so cool. But we are not here to talk about the lovely Milla, or the very funny Will Ferrell, who improved his lines differently for EVERY TAKE, keeping us laughing as we froze to death, or Owen Wilson's stand-in, who hit on me during a coffee break. We are here to talk about Ben Stiller.
Ben Stiller was a dick. I get that directing and starring in a movie at the same time is a big responsibility, but OH MY GOD all he did was whine. And complain. And throw temper tantrums that made me embarrassed as a fellow human being. Seriously, he whined that the takes were taking too long to set up. He tantrummed that the crew members weren't moving fast enough. He argued. He complained. It was really awkward. Here he was, bundled up in a huge coat while all of the people in the shot shivered with NO coats, drinking coffee and bullying crew members as his very smiley and very blonde wife brought him Starbucks.
There were no bathrooms, and it was a rotting building, did I mention that? Ah, what we do for art.
So anyway, that's pretty much it. I don't find him funny and the one time I had a personal experience with him, he was a brat. I'm sure I'll get PLENTY of email and comments telling me I'm totes wrong about him, that he's the bee's knees and up for sainthood and that I made the whole thing up, but why would I do that? That doesn't make any sense.
For the record, everyone, EVERYONE else on the set was utterly delightful, especially Milla, who I might have a huge girl-crush on. And that's the Ben Stiller story.