Ben Stiller breaks selfie stick world record at Zoolander 2 premiere

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller has broken the world record for the longest selfie stick after taking this epic photo at the premiere for Zoolander 2.

The actor, with help from his co-stars Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz, posed for the picture using a selfie stick measuring 8.56m (28ft 1in).

The record-breaking Zoolander 2 selfie
Image caption This is the record-breaking photo

He joked: "This was another dream of mine as a child.

"I wanted to appear on the cover of Vogue and also to break the world selfie stick record."

Stiller, 50, is back as model Derek Zoolander 15 years after the original movie was released.

The plotline for the sequel sees Zoolander trying to stop Jacobim Mugatu, played by Will Ferrell, from killing off celebrities in a quest to find the secret for eternal youth.

Ben Stiller
Image caption Ben Stiller proudly holds his certificate after breaking the longest selfie stick Guinness World Record

The film features a brief cameo appearance from Justin Bieber.

"Justin was amazing. He turned up and was ready to work. Really professional and open to do anything," Stiller said.

Trailer clips show Bieber posing for the classic "Blue Steel" look just before he's killed off.

Stiller added: "The way he dies is probably a little extreme or over the top but it was in the script and he was in on the joke and had fun."

Owen Wilson
Image caption Owen Wilson poses with fans at the Zoolander 2 premiere

Although now considered a cult classic, the original film didn't perform well in terms of box office numbers.

Owen Wilson who plays Hansel McDonald says the cast were nervous about bringing the characters back.

He said: "It's nice, and gratifying, to have watched how it developed such a devoted following.

"This time around, filming in Paris, the reaction was so enthusiastic it felt like we were filming Star Wars or something."

Penelope Cruz
Image caption Penelope Cruz stars alongside Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2

Released in the UK this month, Zoolander 2 also stars Penelope Cruz.

The Spanish actress says it was difficult to keep a straight face during filming.

"It's impossible not to laugh because he's also directing this as well.

"So there he is trying to be serious. But it's still Ben Stiller in a wig and a shiny looking at you."

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