Sting Explains How He Landed That Zoolander 2 Cameo

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Sting and Trudie Styler at the <i>Hughie</i> party.
Sting and Trudie Styler at the Hughie party.Photo: Nicholas Hunt

Sting was in a playful mood when the Cut caught up with him at a party celebrating Forest Whitaker’s Broadway debut in Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie last night. First on our agenda was finding out more about his Zoolander 2 cameo. “They didn’t tell me it was a comedy, so, you know, I was totally surprised by that,” he joked. “I was playing Beckett.”

How did the gig playing Hansel’s father come to be? “I was mentioned in the first one, if you’re an aficionado of Zoolander 1, where Owen [Wilson] says he based his life on Sting, apart from the music. So when I got the call, I suspected that it was something along those lines,” he told us. “So I said yes, because I loved the first movie. And it’s wonderfully daft. I adored it.”