Creator / Mike Myers

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Michael John "Mike" Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, singer, screenwriter, and film producer; best known for his run on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995 and for playing the title roles in the Austin Powers and Shrek series of films.

Partial filmography

Mike Myers provides examples of:

  • Acting for Two: Every one of the Austin Powers movies features Myers playing multiple roles.
  • Canada, Eh?: Born in Toronto. He's also an avid hockey player (that street hockey game in Wayne's World was based on his childhood) and even wrote a book about Canadian culture simply titled Canada.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Has starred in no fewer than three film franchises, only one of which has received fewer than three sequels.
  • Groin Attack: a staple of his movies, every character he's played has suffered through these. He even played John Wayne Bobbit on SNL.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Myers backed down from starting production for a film based on his Saturday Night Live character Dieter, the studio sued for breach of contract. Myers argued that the quality of the script wasn't good enough to work on. Mind you, it was a script he wrote. In the end, both he and the studio settled on making The Cat in the Hat, which is generally regarded as a bad film anyway, and may have been the beginning of the end for his phase in Hollywood's elite.
  • Large Ham: Many of Myers' characters are larger than life. Sometimes literally, even!
  • Money, Dear Boy: Myers' well-publicized battle with Universal Pictures was a result of his attempts to invert this trope - he wanted out of the Sprockets movie because he felt that the script (which he himself wrote) was not good enough. The trope is played straight with The Cat in the Hat and The Love Guru - he was actually legally obligated to make the former as part of his settlement with Universal.
  • One of Us: Is an avid player of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Star-Derailing Role: The mixed to negative reception The Cat in the Hat didn't hurt Myers' career that much. The Love Guru ended up being the straw that botching his career as an actor, that he took a hiatus to take care of his wife. However, Mike still has a few films in development, hoping that those films will put his career back on track.
  • What Could Have Been: He was set to play The Who's late drummer Keith Moon in a biopic sometime in the late 2000s, but the project crumbled at the end of the decade.
  • The Unfavorite: According to several biographical accounts, it's not that Mike was unloved by his parents and family, it's just that they considered him the least funny of the siblings.
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