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    Ben Stiller Revealed That Jake Gyllenhaal Was Almost Cast As Hansel In The Iconic Film "Zoolander"

    "Jake Gyllenhaal [did] this wide-eyed version of Hansel that was really funny."

    Can you imagine what Zoolander would have been like if Jake Gyllenhaal played Hansel?

    Ben Stiller knows! The actor talked about Gyllenhaal auditioning for the role during a new interview with Esquire.

    Ben Stiller attends a Fashionable Screening of the Paramount Pictures film "Zoolander No. 2"
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    "The only [audition] that I remember clearly was a young Jake Gyllenhaal doing this wide-eyed version of Hansel that was really funny," he recalled.

    Although Owen Wilson was already the frontrunner to play Hansel, Stiller said he held open auditions for the role because of some scheduling conflicts they might’ve had with Wilson.

    Owen Wilson with his hands on his hips wearing a paisley shirt and snakes skin pants in a scene from the film 'Zoolander'
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    At the time, Gyllenhaal was a close second to play the role. However, the character ultimately went to Wilson, who reprised his role as Hansel in Zoolander 2 and Zoolander: Super Model.

    Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller in a scene from the film 'Zoolander'
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    Not only that, but Stiller also revealed that comedian Andy Dick could have been a part of the Zoolander cast.

    Andy Dick wearing a necklace by Good Times Charms
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    "Andy Dick was supposed to play Mugatu," he said. However, that role as the villain ultimately went to Will Ferrell.

    Andy Dick attends the Jade Recovery AMF Event
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    "Now it's impossible for me to picture anybody but Will doing it," Stiller joked — and I get what he means LOL.

    Seen here, Will Ferrell (as fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu) in "Zoolander"
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    Zoolander was such a great film because of the cast, and I can’t imagine anyone else bringing it to life other than Wilson, Stiller, and Ferrell.

    (L-R) Actors Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson walk the runway during the "Zoolander No. 2" World Premiere
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