Why we want Ben Stiller’s Star Trek collection.
Alright everyone, we’ve finally cracked the code. Here’s the step-by-step process to own all the collectibles and memorabilia you’ve ever wanted:
- Be a talented actor, filmmaker, and comedian.
- Write, direct, and star in critically acclaimed films like Zoolander and Tropic Thunder.
- Take your wealth to high-end Star Trek auctions.
- Leonard Nimoy is now personally sending you a pair of Spock ears from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
… Okay, we admit it, Ben Stiller made this look a lot easier than it sounds.
Yes, the rumors are true: Ben Stiller is a huge Trekkie. In fact, Ben Stiller has been deep in the Star Trek fandom since before some of us were even born. Don’t believe me? Check out Stiller’s fandom coming out during the Star Trek 30th Anniversary Special from 1996:
“Um, they asked me to come out here and tell you a little about the history of Star Trek,” Stiller begins, before beginning to lose his train of thought. “I feel a little stupid, they didn’t ask me to do anything. I asked them, actually, I begged them to let me be here.”
“Star Trek really was my best friend [growing up],” Stiller explains, and from there he gushes so enthusiastically about the show that we’d probably be here all day transcribing it.
Perhaps the best part of Ben Stiller’s love of Star Trek is how open he is about it, both in his public life and in his films. For example, some of you might remember Mugatu, the villian of Zoolander played by Will Farrell.
Well, as confirmed by Ben Stiller himself, Mugatu was named after Star Trek‘s Mugato beasts.
Even Ben Stiller’s production company, Red Hour Studios, is a reference to the “Red Hour” from the Star Trek episode “The Return of the Archons.” It’s one thing to love something a lot, but to name your own company after it? That’s some hardcore dedication.
As you may or may not know about us here at Gemr, we’re all about the things collectors collect. So does Ben Stiller own any cool Star Trek collectibles, you may ask? Don’t worry, from what we’ve learned so far about Stiller, his collection doesn’t disappoint.
As we alluded to at the top, Ben Stiller owns a pair of Spock ears from The Original Series. Well, actually, that’s not entirely accurate. He owns at least two pairs of original Spock ears. During the production of Tropic Thunder, Stiller featured his first pair of Spock ears as part of the belongings of Matthew McConaughey’s character. Leonard Nimoy saw the ears, contacted Ben Stiller to ask about it, and… well, one thing led to another, and Nimoy sent Stiller his set of ears from “the Star Trek movie” (Stiller’s words, not mine).
“That, basically, is like… my life could end,” Stiller explained while recounting the experience on an episode of Startalk. Stiller also called his conversation with Nimoy “one of the best moments of [his] life.”
Now, sure, Stiller does also own Spock’s original tunic, but he doesn’t exclusively collect Spock memorabilia. In 2014, we learned Stiller attended at least one Hollywood auction in 2006, in which he snagged some amazing and elusive collectibles. Among these was a complete Gorn Mask that ran Stiller $27,500. Yes, $27,500. That is, in fact, the approximate value of a nice car at your local dealership.
While we wish we could tell you all the details about Stiller’s Star Trek collection, we do have to confess that there’s a little air of mystery to it after all is said and done. We absolutely know he loves to collect Star Trek memorabilia, but we have to rely on Stiller himself to tell us exactly what’s in his collection. That said, this can lead to some fun moments in the Star Trek community. For example, when many fans asked about the whereabouts of the 8-foot Enterprise model used in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Ben Stiller was one of the rumored owners of the piece. Though this was basically proven to not be the case, it was still a fun lead to follow.
Regardless of what exactly Stiller owns, it’s still amazing to see a celebrity be this outspoken about their fandom. If you’d like to learn more about Stiller’s collection, we’d once again recommend this clip of Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Startalk that features Ben Stiller’s candid admissions of his prized collectibles. But in the meantime, we’ll be working on our own scripts for hit movies at Gemr so we too can be wealthy enough to drop tens of thousands of dollars on incredible memorabilia.
… Please, Ben Stiller, tell us your secret.