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The 6 most hilarious scenes that made us all fall in love with Zoolander


It's been 14 years since Ben Stiller's preening dim male supermodel Derek Zoolander first hit the big screen. With the eagerly awaited, long gestating Zoolander sequel finally due to reach cinemas next February, we thought it was time to remind ourselves of the bits that made us howl with laughter the first time round.

1) The model 'walk-off' 

How do male models resolve disputes? Through a catwalk 'walk-off' refereed by David Bowie, obviously. Zoolander and his bitchy, rising star rival Hansel (Owen Wilson) break out some increasingly preposterous moves until Hansel goes for the nuclear option. "Why's he sticking his hand in his pants?" demands a puzzled Derek.

2) Blue Steel 

It's the look that made Zoolander a star: head whipped over the shoulder, lips puckered, cheeks sucked in until they almost implode, eyebrows raised in permanent surprise. Of course that's not his only move. There's Ferrari too and the softer Le Tigre. And he's been working on a devastating new expression for nearly a decade. It's called the Magnum. Naturally, they're all exactly the same.

3) 'The Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Read Good'

Mugatu (Will Ferrell) unveils the design for the 'Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Read Good (And Who Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too)'. But Derek is massively unimpressed by the architect's scale model. "What is this?" he demands, throwing a tantrum. "A centre for ants? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?!"

4) "I'm not an ambi-turner!" 

If Derek has an Achilles heel, it is a terrible affliction he's suffered since birth: he can't turn left. When he gets to the end of the runway, he can only turn right.

5) Derek is the eugoogliser 

After the funeral of his three roommates who died in an unfortunate petrol fight accident, Derek is approached by Matilda (Christine Taylor) and reveals that he was the eugoogliser. She seems mystified by the term. "A eugoogliser. One who speaks at funerals," he says, barely able to contain his exasperation. "Or did you think I'd be too stupid to know what a eugoogly was?"

6) "Moisture is the essence of wetness" 

In his daftest TV ad, Derek is made up to look like a mermaid (a "merman", he insists) and swims towards the camera to deliver the profound lines: "Moisture is the essence of wetness. And wetness is the essence of beauty." His dad Larry (Jon Voight) is cruelly unimpressed. "You're dead to me, boy," he spits. "You're more dead to me than your dead mother." Ouch!

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heads for the cinematic catwalk when it's released on 12th February 2016. What are your favourite Zoolander scenes? Answers @Cineworld.