In a 2014 interview, Mike Myers said he’d only received 15 film scripts since 1991. So clearly he’s not getting many offers from studios. But it appears he’s also become very picky, claiming he turns “virtually everything down.” He said he’d be happy to take interesting dramatic parts, but those are not the opportunities he’s getting. Though he has played some serious roles, his fans haven’t seemed to notice.
Myers has played small, non-comedic characters in movies like Studio 54 and Inglourious Basterds, which he took out of interest in the scripts and respect for the directors. But that hasn’t quite translated into more prominent dramatic roles like it happened with Steve Carell. Myers continues to be seen as a comedian, but that’s not where his passion seems to lie anymore.
While filming Wayne’s World, Mike Myers met legendary music manager Shep Gordon. Gordon became a mentor of sorts for him, and in 2014, Myers made the documentary Supermensch, profiling Gordon’s life and career. But the movie grossed less than $250,000 domestically, further souring studios from funding his projects. Myers turned back to TV, but the problems didn’t end.
2015 saw the prospect of Myers’ return to TV, with HBO announcing they’d signed a two-year deal with the comedian. The project was not specified, and a year came and went without more news. Then it was reported that Myers had opted out of the deal because his series wasn’t picked up. With another failed project under his belt, he began making some bizarre choices.
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In 2017, Mike Myers became the host of ABC’s The Gong Show. But here’s where it gets weird: he appears in disguise as English comedian Tommy Maitland. He even did promotional press in full character, leading people to question whether he was trying to hide his real identity. It was seen as an odd, unfunny publicity stunt. Though the show was renewed for a second season, Myers’ attention seems to be elsewhere.
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Myers recently has turned to the literary world. He published a book called Canada, full of photographs and anecdotes about his beloved homeland infused with his characteristic humor. He did a promotional tour for it, which resulted in making the book a bestseller. His new role as an author was earning success, but it didn’t restore his A-lister status. His lifestyle choices may also have something to do with that.
Mike Myers had his first son at the age of 47 and now has three children, the youngest of which is only two years old. He has talked about how happy fatherhood has made him, so it stands to reason he wants to devote himself to that new role. But a more normal family life doesn’t always align with a prolific film career. That’s not to say he has completely given up.
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Myers is set to appear in the noir thriller Terminal alongside Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg, as well as the biopic Del. But it remains to be seen if these efforts will finally give him the “serious dramatic actor” reputation he’s been chasing. Though if that fails, he can always go back to his greatest hits, and he knows it.
Shrek producers have announced that the fifth installment of the animated hit is set to arrive in 2019, though Mike Myers isn’t officially attached to the project yet. In interviews, the actor has remained open to the possibility of making a Wayne’s World 3 or even an Austin Powers 4. So while Hollywood isn’t giving him any new big projects, his old hits are always on the table.