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Why is Ben Stiller in the Limp Bizkit video for Rollin’?

Have you ever watched the Limp Bizkit video for Rollin’? If you have seen it, you will have noticed that actor Ben Stiller appears in the initial cameo.

Ben Stiller and Stephen Dorff in the initial cameo of the video

The location of the video is the city of Manhattan. Ben Stiller arrives in a Bentley Azure car but he is not alone. With him there is another American actor, Stephen Dorff, who has starred in many films and TV series. You may remember him if you watch Birtney Spears’s “Everytime” video, where the singer dreams of dying from a brain hemorrhage in the arms of her manager boyfriend (Stephen Dorff), has an out-of-body experience and reincarnates in a newborn baby. Or you can see him in Aerostmith’s video “Cryin'”, where Dorff always plays the protagonist’s boyfriend, who in this case is Alicia Silverstone.

But let’s go back to the Limp Bizkit video for Rollin’. Why are Ben Stiller and Stephen Dorff here? The car of the two actors pulls up near a parking service (Valet Parking). Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst sits there on a bench. Stiller and Dorff mistake him for the valet and give him the keys of their car. Fred Durst gladly accepts them, saying to the camera “Alright, partner. Keep on rollin’, baby. You know what time it is”. Then he begins to go into town with his car and loads the other members of the band on board.

What is the relationship between Ben Stiller and Limp Bizkit?

During the filming period of the Rollin’ video, which was 2000, Ben Stiller was grappling with his comedy film “Zoolander”, of which he was director and actor, in the role of Derek Zoolander.

In this film, many famous people appear in the role of themselves: Victoria Beckham, David Duchovny, Natalie Portman, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum, Lenny Kravitz, Winona Ryder, Claudia Schiffer, David Bowie and also Stephen Dorff. Stiller and Dorff therefore knew each other and were friends.

But Ben Stiller was also a close friend of Fred Durst, the Limp Bizkit frontman. The two paid tribute to each other: in fact Ben Stiller appeared in the Rollin’ video and Fred Durst appeared in the film Zoolander as himself.

Other curiosities about the Limp Bizkit video for Rollin’

Here we present other curiosities about Rollin’ by Limp Bizkit.

Rollin’ is part of the band’s third studio album “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water”. In this album we find other great hits such as “Take a Look Around”, “My Way”, “Boiler” and “My Generation”.

There is also a hip-hop version of the song: “Rollin’ – Urban Assault Vehicle“, created together with DMX, Redman and Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan. The hip-hop version served as the basis for several AMV (anime music video) versions of Dragon Ball Z.

The rock version of the video instead is “Rollin’ – Air Raid Vehicle”. As usual, the lyrics are full of swear words that are unfortunately censored!

Rollin’ was the entry music of the wrestler The Undertaker from 2000 to 2002. At WrestleMania XIX in 2003 Limp Bizkit performed the song live.

Part of the song appears in the first film of “Fast and Furious” (2001).

In Rollin’ video, the Limp Bizkit perform on top of the south tower of the former World Trade Center in New York. This set of buildings was destroyed by terrorist attacks in 2001. In other scenes of the video, Fred Durst dances inside a room with some girls and with them there is the hip-hop dancer Mr. Wiggles.

Rollin’ video received the award for best rock video at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2001.

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