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Creator / Mike Myers

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"I came out wanting to be an actor. From my first view of the world, that's what I wanted to be. I'm made of ninety-nine percent ham and one percent water. I was just cooked that way!"

Michael John Myers OC (born 25 May 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario) 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.

Not to be confused with the fictional character, Michael Myers.

Partial filmography

Mike Myers provides examples of:

  • Acting for Two: Every one of the Austin Powers movies features Myers playing multiple roles. He also plays his own father in So I Married an Axe Murderer.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: His comedy style is famously self-aware, with characters acknowledging and commenting on the absurdity of the situations they're in.
  • Canada, Eh?: Not only is he a native of Toronto, but 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 installments.
  • Doing It for the Art: Myers is upfront about only doing films that he feels passionate about, which is part of what has caused his many disputes with Hollywood executives, writers, and directors. The whole Sprockets debacle only came about because he never felt satisfied with any of the scripts he wrote.
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  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before SNL, Myers had used the Wayne Campbell character on shows in Canada, including Citytv's City Limits (which was essentially a prototype for the original format of MuchMusic) and the CBC's It's Only Rock & Roll.
  • Fake Brit: Famously affected a spot-on British accent for Austin Powers (and if we're counting the entire United Kingdom, there's also his equally-impressive Scottish accent as Shrek and Fat Bastard). It helps that, while he was born in Canada, both of his parents are British.
  • Groin Attack: A staple of his movies, every character he's played has suffered through these. He even played John Wayne Bobbit on SNL.
  • 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.
  • 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 botched his career as an actor, then he took a hiatus to take care of his wife before moving into becoming a painter. As of this writing, IMDb lists a few future projects that he's involved with, so his attempt at a Career Resurrection might be close at hand.
  • Violent Glaswegian: If there's even the faintest opportunity for him to play a belligerent Scot, he's going to take it by the throat.
  • 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.


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Scott just doesn't get it

Why get a gun when you slowly dip your enemies into a vat of overly agitated sea bass that you will of course go as planned without having to watch it?

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