Zac Efron Finds There's Something About Ben Stiller
05/22/2009 AT 09:50 AM EDT
Zac Efron, 21, will present the Zoolander star, 43, with MTV's Generation Award at the upcoming Movie Awards, the network confirms to PEOPLE.
Stiller has appeared in dozens of films – Reality Bites, There's Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder and Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian, which opens Friday – and worked in Hollywood as a director, producer and writer.
Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music/Logo/Film Group, cited Stiller's "versatility and talent" as reasons for honoring him at the Movie Awards, set to air on MTV May 31 (9 p.m. ET).
"Ben is a comedic chameleon, able to make the leap between drama and full-out comedy while maintaining his own unique brand of subversive humor," he said in a statement. "Whether it’s fighting a monkey in a museum or licking a decapitated head, nothing is ever off-limits for him and that’s the type of warped creative vision and commitment MTV loves to reward."
Stiller is already expressing his appreciation for the recognition – in his own way: "I am honored to be getting the 'Generation Award,' " the star says in his own statement. "I was given my first show at MTV, and also cancelled for the first time. I also was secretly having an affair with JJ Jackson, so it brings back pleasant memories."