Zoolander is a 2001 American comedy film that was produced by Village Roadshow Pictures, VH1 Films, NPV Entertainment, Red Hour Productions, and Scott Rudin Productions. The movie was theatrically released by Paramount Pictures on September 28, 2001.


International censorship[]

  • Five cuts were made to the film to ensure a PG-13 rating. This included the digital removal of the World Trade Center from scenes after the September 11 attacks, which occurred less than 3 weeks before the film's scheduled release date. These cuts were applied to every version of the film.[1]

Asian censorship[]

  • In the Asian regional release, all references to the country of Malaysia were changed to Micronesia.[1]

Malaysian censorship[]

  • The film was banned in Malaysia and remains banned because of controversy over a subplot to assassinate the country's prime minister.[2]

Singaporean censorship[]

  • The film was banned in Singapore due to bilateral sensitivities with Malaysia and the movie's depiction of using the drug peyote. The ban was lifted in 2006 but it still has the Asian censorship that had been applied to the film.[3]

Where to find it uncensored[]

There is no way to watch the original uncensored R-rated cut of the film.


  1. 1.0 1.1 15 Things You Never Knew About 'Zoolander' by Gary Susman, Moviefone. 2016-09-27.
  2. Zoolander faces Malaysian censorship controversy, The Guardian. 2001-09-27.
  3. Zoolander banned in Singapore, The Globe and Mail. 2002-02-09.

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