Ben Stiller stars at Smithsonian in Museum sequel

Sun May 17, 2009 6:53am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Actor Ben Stiller hopes bigger is better with his latest movie, the sequel to the hit 2006 comedy "Night at the Museum" set this time at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

In "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," Stiller reprises his role as Larry Daley, a night guard at New York's Museum of Natural History in the first film who is now a successful inventor of cheap household appliances.

He discovers that his favorite exhibits, which magically come to life and have become his truest friends, are deemed too old to remain on display and are being packed into cases to be stored in the Smithsonian's cavernous vaults.

In a bid to rescue them he comes up against evil Egyptian ruler Kahmunrah, who, after 3,000 years of slumber and aided by some of history's most notorious figures, plots to take over the museum, and ultimately the world.

"We wanted everything we did in the first movie to be not only bigger, but better in the second," said returning director Shawn Levy.

According to News Corp.-owned studio Twentieth Century Fox, it was the first movie filmed in the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum complex visited by 25 million people a year.

"We really felt like there were new things we could do and a new story to tell and a new museum to explore and just a lot of things that could be better," Stiller told Reuters at the recent world premiere in London.

"I feel like it's a different movie and I feel like it's really more successful on a lot of levels."   Continued...

<p>Actors (L-R) Amy Adams, Ben Stiller and Robin Williams answer reporters' questions in the Smithsonian Castle at a news conference to discuss their new movie, "A Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" in Washington, May 15, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Giroux</p>