Remember that funny guy who played Austin Powers? YEAH, BABY! Although now it’s more a case of, “Where, baby?”
The voice of Shrek and superstar of comedy hits like Wayne’s World (1992), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), and of course the trilogy starring the aforementioned International Man of Mystery (1997–2002), was at the top of his game for over a decade before The Cat in the Hat (2003) and The Love Guru (2008) saw him quickly wear out his welcome.
Following this fall from favour, Myers retreated from the comedy spotlight, appearing in a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009) and as himself in the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013), which he also directed.
More recently he starred as the fictional host of The Gong Show (2017) – a revamp of the popular ’70s celebrity game show – as well as making a cameo of sorts in Baby Driver (as a mask meant to be Halloween‘s Michael Myers). He’s also written a non-fiction book on his home country, Canada.
Myers hasn’t completely abandoned the movies but looks to be choosing more serious projects nowadays. His role as co-owner of the notorious New York disco in 54 (1998) proved he could play it straight, and most recently he appeared in the Margot Robbie-led thriller Terminal, as well as – rather appropriately – Bohemian Rhapsody, as EMI executive Ray Foster.