Karl Lagerfeld turns down Zoolander role

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's outspoken creative director, has turned down a cameo role in the forthcoming 'Zoolander' sequel.

Karl Lagerfeld has turned down a cameo role in 'Zoolander 2'.

The 81-year-old Chanel creative director was approached to make an appearance in the long-awaited modelling spoof sequel but has no desire to turn his hand to a new career.

He said: "I don't want to be in the movie. They wanted me to be in the movie! I'm not an actor."

The film was officially announced when stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made a surprise appearance in character as Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald during Valentino's recent Paris Fashion Week show but Karl didn't welcome the interruption.

The outspoken designer told Canada's HELLO! magazine: "I didn't like it."

While Karl doesn't want to be in the film, it was recently reported Kanye West is likely to make an appearance with wife Kim Kardashian West after being suggested for a part by Will Ferrell.

A source said: "Kanye is friends with Will and appeared briefly in 'Anchorman 2' but he wanted to be in 'Zoolander 2' even more. It's very likely that Kim will also appear in some capacity."

Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Billy Zane and Victoria's Secret Angel Karlie Kloss are also all going to be in the sequel.

Naomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Alessandra Ambrosio are also rumoured for cameos.

'Zoolander 2' is scheduled for release in February 2016.

Zoolander 2

  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Justin Theroux
  • Written by: Justin Theroux
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen
  • UK release: 12 February 2016

Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is living in the New Jersey woods as a 'hermit crab' after the collapse of his centre for 'kids who can't read good' and the death of his wife, but then he and former rival Hansel (Wilson) are drawn into a plot. Chaotic, scattershot, largely laugh-free sequel to the fondly-remembered 2001 original.


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