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Ben Stiller: The Journeys That Changed His Life


Ben Stiller both stars in and directs his new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which reinvents James Thurber’s classic short story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary imagination. In the film, Stiller’s Mitty embarks on a globe-trotting adventure that trumps anything in his daydreams. Inspired by his character’s epic trek, Stiller shared with Parade some of his own very personal, life-altering expeditions. Below, a few excerpts via our friends at Parade:

Father, Son, and The Holy Land

“My dad [actor Jerry Stiller] and I took a father-son bonding trip to Israel when I was about 16…We ended up diving in the Red Sea together…I met a girl on that trip and we had a whirlwind romance. Is it blasphemous to say we ended up making out near the Western Wall? It might be. But we did…It was one of those times you don’t ever forget.”

Failure is an Option

“Back in 1996 I directed a movie called The Cable Guy, starring Jim Carrey. It was a great creative experience but the movie was a big flop…And then a couple of years later I was in a movie that did well, There’s Something About Mary, and I knew that if people weren’t calling me as a director, I was fortunate enough to be able to work as an actor. It was good to have the Cable Guy experience before that success; it wasn’t that I just came out of the gate and everything was great…”

Finding The One

“ I proposed to Christine [actress Christine Taylor] when I was rehearsing Meet the Parents…I asked her father for permission before I did it…It was like Meet the Parents in real life, because Christine’s father is an intimidating guy who owns a security company; we’re good friends now, but at the time I was in the basement rec room saying, ‘I really would like to marry your daughter…’ He’s a man of few words but he was very welcoming. I was more nervous asking him than asking her…[Christine and my] relationship was a gradual thing that happened over a quick period of time, maybe seven or eight months. We just started hanging out with each other and it developed into, ‘Wow, this feels great. I really like this person. I think I love this person. I really do – I love this person.’ It hit me out of the blue.”

Baby on Board

“When your wife is pregnant for nine months, you get used to the idea of pregnancy. Obviously, you know where it’s leading, but it almost becomes this abstract idea; and then suddenly the next time you go back to the house, you have another person living with you. Who you’ve just met. Your child…I was thinking moment to moment: Just get her from the baby carrier to the crib…It’s a short distance but a huge change…My kids are 11 and 8 now, and I can see aspects of myself in them but I also see two totally unique individuals. And I wonder how they became so well adjusted!”

Check out Sunday’s Parade for more on Ben Stiller’s life-changing events.

Ben Stiller’s New Comedy Show Airing This Fall

Alright, TV Watchers, raise your hand if you remember Ben Stiller’s last show, The Ben Stiller Show.

 I didn’t think so.

 But, lucky for us, Ben Stiller will be returning to the small screen with his new show this fall called, All Talk about the rises and pitfalls of a Jewish family living in Washington,D.C.I’m sure it will be all sorts of awesome.

Why will it be awesome?

First of all, the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, who wrote the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, will be writing the script and he’s already written the pilot of the script as well.

With that in mind, it makes the news about this show being, “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually, and sexually irreverent” sound that much cooler, doesn’t it?

Second awesome point is that Alan Alda, who hasn’t been in very much since M*A*S*H, but he’s still an awesomely funny guy and somehow I can totally see him with Ben Stiller (who will not only be staring in the show, but working as an Executive Producer beside Jon Foer).

Two of the other Executive Producers include, Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. Rudin and Stiller had their little duet prior to this with Zoolander. And I don’t know about you, but I totally thought Zoolander was funny. I mean, a little bit, right? It had its moments.

And speaking of HBO, the new show, Luck will be airing Sunday at 9 PM on HBO. Starring Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina as the awesome stellar cast and it will take place in a horse race track, and if you enjoy your share of characters who have dark pasts, a ton of problems and like to gamble, than this show is for you.

Not to mention, you might want to catch Kiefer Sutherland, who stars in a new show called Touch, airing tonight on Fox at, about a single father who discovers his son can predict the future. I know what you’re thinking, though – those predict the future shows are bound to crash into a bed of awfulness right? Maybe, or maybe not. It has been compared to Sutherland’s last television show 24 but with a bit more importance being set on the relationship between the father and his son.

You can catch Touch tonight on Fox 9/8 C and Luck this Sunday, January 29th on HBO at 9 Pm.

Birthday Bitches

Ben Stiller is 46.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is 93.

Robert Guillaume is 84.

Dick Clark is 82.

Jimmy Bowen is 74.

Ridley Scott is 74.

Roger Glover of Deep Purple is 66.

Margaret Whitton is 61.

Mandy Patinkin is 59.

Shuggie Otis is 58.

Jeannie Kendall of The Kendalls is 57.

Billy Idol is 56.

John Ashton of Psychedelic Furs is 54.

Colin Mochrie is 54.

Jalil of Whodini is 48.

Sandra Oh is 41.

Mindy McCready is 36.

Clay Aiken is 33.

Elisha Cuthbert is 29.

Kaley Cuoco is 26.