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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!"
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Michael John Myers OC (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, singer, screenwriter, and film producer born in Scarborough, Ontario; 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's work 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.
    • He will play no fewer than eight characters in the Axe Murderer spin-off, The Pentaverate.
  • 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.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: The Cat in the Hat make up was not comfortable to be in, much like Jim Carrey's Grinch make-up. In Austin Powers Goldmember he really took the meteor globe swung at full speed to his crotch to get an authentic reaction. You can see him flinch seconds before the hit.
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    • The Piñata scene in Cat In The Hat took 25 shots and although he told the other children his junk was off limits to them they didn’t listen and bruised his cock and balls with shots from plastic bats
  • 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.
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy": Austin Powers refers to his as meat and two veg, twig and berries, wedding tackle and under carriage. Dr. Evil and the Love Guru Maurice Pitka use balls to refer to his gonads. Fat Bastard calls his testicles nuts but and his penis "willie", the whole package as the "mommy daddy button".
  • 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.
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