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Phantom Thread gets even crueler when Jacobim Mugatu steps in for Reynolds Woodcock

Daniel Day-Lewis gave us one of the most beguiling film characters of the last year with Reynolds Woodcock, a fussy couturier whose volatile relationship with a young waitress forms the backbone of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. It’s a heady and emotional film concerned with the intricacies of brilliance, manipulation, and devotion, and one would logically assume it shares little DNA with Ben Stiller’s 2001 fashion-obsessed comedy Zoolander. Well, this is why one must never assume.

Funny Or Die has just published a reworked trailer of Phantom Thread that swaps out Woodcock in favor of Zoolander’s Jacobim Mugatu, proving that, no matter the context, the fashion cognoscenti can be an ornery bunch. Like Woodcock, Mugatu is particular about his breakfast—“Are you not aware that I get farty and bloated by a foamy latte?”—and tends to lose sight of a model’s humanity once they’re cloaked in his signature creations. Though Woodcock never complains about one’s ass getting in the way of his pin, there’s one particular scene in Phantom Thread that mines a gutting vulnerability from a similar situation. Couturiers gotta couture.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.