The Museum of the Moving Image black-tie salute to Ben Stiller could easily have been mistaken for a Friars Roast. Inside the walls of Cipriani 42nd St., one A-lister after another gave cheeky salutes to the actor. “I have not been in any of Ben Stiller’s movies,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs. “I guess I wasn’t black enough to be in Tropic Thunder ... I tried out for the role but I came up short ... I put him in one of my music videos and I thought he would return the favor.” Stiller’s wife Christine Taylor, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower, Jack Black, Mike Myers, Amy Adams, Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader, Will Arnett, Robert Smiegel, and Gone Baby Gone Oscar winner Amy Ryan, among others, turned out to celebrate Stiller’s accomplishments and support the Museum’s mission of advancing the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, and technology of film, television, and digital media.
Stiller’s famous comedian parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara joked chimed in as well—and stole the spotlight. “One thing that went through my mind,” Jerry noted, “watching all this tonight: am I the father?” Meara added: “Ben grew up in a cliché narcissistic family. We were trying to get rich and famous. We were two hungry people screaming at each other. The amazing thing is that he survived us.”
Rumors buzzed through the room—not surprisingly, with Stiller and De Niro in the mix—of another Meet the Parents film, the third in the series.