Ben Stiller Wants an Oscar
Ben Stiller stopped by to promote his new movie, 'Greenberg,' and Howard immediately asked why he was making a 'small' film.
Ben explained: "It's not about the money at all. It's about trying to make a good movie...this kind of movie is never gonna be--it's not gonna get released on that many screens."
Robin asked if it was his bid for an Oscar, so Ben joked: "That's what the 'Night at the Museum' movies were."
Howard commended Ben for being a successful comedic actor who didn't try and go 'serious' all the time.
Ben said he loved to be funny, but now he just had more freedom: "It just becomes a choice you make in the moment...you get to a point where you want to do what's interesting to you. You don't wanna keep doing the same thing."
Sasha Killed the 'Avatar' Bit
Robin asked what happened to the 'Avatar'-spoofing bit he and 'Borat' star Sasha Baron Cohen had planned for the Oscars, so Ben explained: "Sasha didn't do it...you'd have to ask him [why]. I honestly don't know what the process was with him...I know that the producers didn't kill it."
Ben on His Diva Rep... and Africa
Howard read Ben a tabloid story claiming that he was a "terror" and exhibited "vain, obsessive behavior" on the set of 'Meet the Parents,' so Ben joked: "Is it weird to have a full-length mirror by the camera when you shoot?"
Ben added that movie sets were a weird workspace where you're doing very private work in a public sphere: "It's sort of a vulnerable place."
Ben told the crew he'd recently visited Uganda on a humanitarian aid mission, leading Howard to joke about Robin's 'fact-finding' mission to Guatemala.
Ben laughed: "We found some real good facts there, yeah. I saw a cow being slaughtered."
Howard wondered why a man who's generated billions in box office dollars would go to Africa, so Ben explained: "I don't equate the gross of a movie in any way with--first of all, my personal sense of self. Ok? Because it doesn't relate to that."
Ben Is No Fan of 3D, Either
Howard complained about the rising popularity of 3D films, and Ben agreed, adding films shot with digital cameras to the list: "I'm against it...I just like regular movies shot on film."
Before Ben left, a caller asked why 'Zoolander' was banned in Malaysia, so Ben explained they weren't happy with one character--a brainwashed Malaysian Prime Minister: "They did not like that in Malaysia. So the movie was banned there. I don't think it made a difference."
Ben also revealed that he was considering making a sequel to 'Zoolander,' prompting Howard to ask for a role if he does make it: "I don't want to play myself though, no cameo role, I want to play a villain."