Ben Stiller received a personal apology from Roger Ebert after the legendary film critic slated his 2001 movie Zoolander.
The critic, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this month, wrote a scathing review of the comedy, which Stiller wrote, calling it “offensive” and “tasteless”.
However, Ebert eventually changed his mind and reached out to make amends.
Stiller recalls, “(The review) seemed rather harsh to me. To his credit, I ran into him like five or six years later backstage at The Tonight Show, and he said, ‘Hey, I just want to apologise to you. I wrote that about Zoolander, and I (now) think it’s really funny. Everything was a little crazy (back then). It was September 11 and I went overboard.’ Thanks for telling me backstage at The Tonight Show!”