Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn have reprised their characters from 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story to launch a fundraising campaign.
In the movie, Ben played the arrogant White Goodman, the head of the Globo Gym Purple Cobras dodgeball team, and Vince played Peter La Fleur, the captain of the incompetent Average Joe’s, which somehow managed to beat the Cobras during a tournament.
They have now reprised the roles after a 13-year break to launch a charity campaign with Omaze. In the video, Ben tells the viewers as the perma-tanned White, “Hello losers, miss me? Sorry to interrupt your Internet life but for the last 13 years, while I’ve been living a sugar-free, protein-forward lifestyle, I’ve watched as all of you have got fatter and dumber with your hashtags and your baes and your Kanye’s… It’s time for a little charity dodgeball b**ches.”
He outlines the competition, explaining that those who donate to the Omaze campaign are in with a chance of being able to “test your dodgeball mettle against the best baller in the biz, c’est moi (me),” but he is then interrupted by Vince and his Average Joe’s teammates, played by Justin Long and Christine Taylor, Ben’s real-life estranged wife, who suggest those who donate can pick if they play for Globo or Joe’s.
Ben brings out some of his teammates too, include Missi Pyle’s Fran, and they exchange a series of comedic insults such as, “nobody whips my a*s except me” and “I’m gonna drop you like third period French”.
Ben, 51, told People that bringing the team back together was “really strange and fun”, adding, “We were in a gym and shooting, so it was a very similar situation to when we did the movie except all these years have gone by. So it was kind of bizarre yet fun, but also weird and eerie how everything came back, like Vince’s reactions and our whole dynamic.”
He got original writer/director Rawson Thurber onboard to helm the short and the rest of the cast followed soon after.
The winners of the campaign will get to play dodgeball with Ben and his friends and eat pizza with him afterward. Proceeds from the drive will go towards The Stiller Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for children around the world.