Trivia / Austin Powers

  • Acting for Four: Mike Myers as Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard in the second movie and Goldmember in the third. He also voiced the astronaut at the beginning of the second film ("Oh my gentle Jesus").
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Brat Pack: Rob Lowe has a supporting role in the second film, which was produced by his About Last Night and St. Elmo's Fire co-star Demi Moore.
  • Casting Gag: Harry Palmer himself, Michael Caine, appears in Goldmember as Nigel Powers.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Although the word "shag" is less offensive in the U.S. than most other countries, not all translated the second movie's title into something less raunchy. The Norwegian title of the movie is Spionen som spermet meg, which is a slightly dirtier way of saying "The spy who ejaculated on me". The German title translates to Spy in the Secret Missionary Position; in Croatia, it translates as The Spy Who Groped Me; in Brazil, it's The Spy Good in Bed; and in conservative China, it's The Spy Who Liked Me a Lot.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Evan Farmer was almost thirty when portraying Young Number Two in Goldmember, who is supposed to be college-aged.
    • Inverted with Seth Green who was in his early twenties when he started playing Scott Evil. In the events of the first film, Scott was portrayed as being in his late twenties.
  • Defictionalization: Someone actually tried putting together a shark with a freakin laser beam attached to it's head.
  • Deleted Role: Both Heather Graham and Will Ferrell reprised their roles as Felicity Shagwell and Mustafa in the third film, but ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • Development Hell: A fourth film was announced in 2005 but so far, nothing has come of it yet. Two cinematic failures by Myers haven't helped.
  • Enforced Method Acting: In the scene where Dr. Evil demonstrates Preparation H in Goldmember, Myers had the meteor hit his groin without protection because he wanted the reaction to be authentic. You can see him visibly flinch before Verne Troyer lets go of the meteor.
  • Fake Brit:
    • Mike Myers, who is Canadian (although his parents are from the UK).
    • American Mimi Rogers as Mrs. Kensington.
  • Fake Nationality: Mustafa is portrayed in the first two movies by Will Ferrell, who is not even remotely Turkish.
  • Franchise Killer: Daniel Craig said on the Nerdist Podcast that this series (which he had nothing but praise for) made it impossible to take the campier James Bond films like Die Another Day seriously anymore, necessitating his reboot of the series.
  • No Stunt Double: Verne Troyer has to do all his stunts as Mini-Me because there are no doubles who are of his height, though having a stunt double background helped.
  • Punny Name: According to the DVD commentary for the first movie, the Sphynx cat playing Mr. Bigglesworth was called Ted Nude-Gent.
  • Regional Bonus: A few countries had a cut with deleted scenes, including Christian Slater's cameo and the death of mooks being mourned (which includes a cameo by Rob Lowe).
  • Sleeper Hit: New Line expected nothing from the first film after it got the worst test screening scores in studio history. Then it grossed $50 million in theatres and became a monster on VHS, breaking a streak held by Disney.
  • Throw It In: There are probably a bunch, but one is the unscripted chair malfunction in the moon base.
    • Doctor Evil's "shh"ing of Scott was made up on the spot and went on to become a running gag.
    • Austin's one-liners when the guard was killed by ill-tempered mutant sea bass were the result of Mike Myers forgetting his scripted lines.
    • Mindy Sterling improvised Frau Farbissina's lines about the Lucky Charms commercials.
    • In the opening dance sequence of The Spy Who Shagged Me, one of the synchronised swimmers emerges from the water with her fluffy pink hat accidentally covering her eyes.
    • Basil's remark to the audience about ignoring the mechanics of time travel was unscripted.
    • Seth Green claims that the sequence at the end of the third film showing him dancing around Dr. Evil's lair was not scripted; he said he was fooling around between takes and his hijinks were caught on film and the director decided to include it in the movie.
  • Too Soon: A throwaway line about the end of the Prince and Princess of Wales's marriage was cut from the UK and Canadian prints after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, one week before the film's premiere.
  • Trope Namer for the following:
  • Vindicated by Cable: The first movie was only a modest hit at the box office, but actually wound up making significantly more money through rentals. The movie proved so popular on home release that the sequel grossed more in its opening weekend than the original did in its entire theatrical run and was a bonafide summer blockbuster.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Vanessa was to be featured largely in the second one but due to Elizabeth Hurley being busy with other work she was revealed to have been a fembot and written off.
    • Myers originally wanted Jim Carrey to play Dr. Evil, but Carrey passed on the role due to scheduling conflicts with Liar Liar.
    • Christopher Walken was considered for Number Two.
    • Colin Quinn (from MTV's Remote Control and Saturday Night Live) was considered for the role of Scott, but turned it down (he's since said to have regretted that).
    • Catherine Zeta-Jones was considered for Felicity Shagwell.
    • Fittingly, Sean Connery was considered for Nigel Powers.
    • The Love Guru was originally planned to be an Austin Powers Spin-Off, continuing the Acting for Two theme with Guru Pitka being a spiritual adviser and counselor of Austin Powers.
    • At one point, soon after the second movie was released, an animated series was announced for New Line's sister network HBO, but nothing ever went to air.
  • Working Title: Myers wanted the second film's subtitle to be The Wrath of Khan. For obvious reasons, the execs wouldn't let him do it. Austinpussy was also considered.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • One actor, Neil Mullarkey, plays two completely different roles in the first and third movies. In International Man of Mystery, he plays a quartermaster clerk from the Ministry of Defence who gives Austin his penis enlarger pump, and in Goldmember, he's working for the bad guys as a physician who gives Austin his physical.
    • Character actor Charles Napier has similar roles in each of the first two films—first as Commander Gilmour in International Man of Mystery, who meets the thawed out Austin Powers; then as General Hawk in The Spy Who Shagged Me as a member of President Tim Robbins' cabinet when negotiating with Dr. Evil.

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