Ben Stiller won't cut Donald Trump out of Zoolander

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Ben Stiller is refusing to cut U.S. leader Donald Trump’s brief cameo appearance in Zoolander, amid calls from fans to erase the President from the 2001 movie.

The Tropic Thunder star wrote and directed the comedy, in which he plays self-obsessed male supermodel Derek Zoolander, and when he saw an opportunity to ask property tycoon Trump to be part of it, he didn’t hesitate.

“We were shooting at the now defunct VH1 Fashion Awards … and as people were coming up the red carpet, we pulled them aside and asked them to talk about Derek Zoolander, and so Trump and (wife) Melania did that,” Stiller told The Daily Beast podcast The New Abnormal.

But as the divisive leader’s popularity drops following his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, some film fans think Stiller should cut him out of the film.

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“I’ve had people reach out to me and say, ‘You should edit Donald Trump out of Zoolander’, but at the end of the day, that was a time when that exists and that happened. There were so many movies (back then) that had a silly cameo from Donald Trump. He represented a certain thing,” he shared.