Ben Stiller pays tribute to David Bowie at ‘Zoolander 2’ film premiere

Actor labels late star "a huge influence on so many people"

Ben Stiller paid tribute to the late David Bowie at the premiere of new film Zoolander 2.

Bowie, who passed away from cancer last month (January 10) at the age of 69), made a cameo in the original Zoolander film in 2001, appearing in the famous ‘walk off’ scene. Watch a clip of that scene below.

Speaking at the premiere, Stiller said: “[Bowie] was a huge influence on so many people, I think on our culture, in the last 40, 50 years – when you go back and look at how long he was making music and how ahead of the curve he always was and always taking chances. So I think I’m like everyone else – influenced by him in that way.”

“And it would have been great to have him in the second one. But having him in the first was a very special thing, and I will always cherish that,” Stiller added, as reported by The Mirror.

Zoolander 2 hits cinemas next week (February 12).

The comedy sequel follows Ben Stiller’s Derek Zoolander and Owen Wilson’s Hansel McDonald as they struggle to find their place in the cutthroat modern fashion world, before a secret agent played by Penelope Cruz recruits them to infiltrate a dangerous organisation which is systematically killing off the world’s “beautiful people”.

Released in 2001, the original film followed Stiller’s Derek Zoolander as he got sucked into a plot by corrupt fashion executives to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia.