is not the most attractive of spy heroes to grace the
big screen. In dire need of dental work, a fashion sense that
makes the eye-balls ache and an arrogance that beggars belief,
its sometimes hard to understand the characters
cult status after the 1997 release of Austin Powers:
International Man of Mystery. It then comes as something
of a surprise that alter-ego Mike Myers is attractive in the
flesh. Hes slimmer than Austin, possibly even sexy when
the light is behind him. Myers talks slowly and intelligently,
seems almost disappointingly normal and claims that he wanted
to be an architect before he got de-railed and hit the comedy
currently stationed at the new man-of-mystery epic Austin
Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Another silly but fun dose
of the original, loaded with irony and lashings of bad taste,
you will see the audiences hair stand up on the backs of
necks in the dark auditorium as Myers hurls his brand of
humour at them from the screen.
Austin Powers is heading back to his era the Swinging
Sixties to accomplish the following: keep Dr Evil from
destroying the Nineties, shag as many free-love chicks as is
possible, continue the quest to obliterate uptight squares,
retrieve the worlds most hyperactive mojo (his sex
drive) and have a laugh doing it all.
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met Myers in Cannes at the film festival.
question I ask is what, in his dictionary, does the word shag
mean. Oh, he says, leaning back in his chair with
a huge grin, its from the ancient Sanscrit, shaghri,
which means he who enjoys himself with abandon with a
camel. They later outlawed them. Its going
to be one of those interviews.
story is that it all dates back to my early years, growing up
in an English house in Canada. My parents were from Liverpool.
My cousins from Liverpool were always coming over and would
say the word shag and other English slang. In
America the shag is a dance and is now a euphemism for
intimate relations. Everybody likes to shag or wants to shag,
Myers is fun
but he can be deadly serious. He never planned a sequel to
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery but
somehow it just fell into place. He seems affable enough about
it all and treats the Austin Powers movies jokily
they are comedies after all but the subject of movies
is shown some respect. I never plan anything, he
says amiably. I never planned to be employed and look
whats happened. So I cant say if theres ever
going to be a sequel to this one, so you better enjoy it!
Powers is part James Bond, part Inspector Clouseau. Pink
Panther cum Secret Agent, he adds. He likes to
shag and he had to have a new mission obviously. In his first
incarnation he entered the Nineties with all his Sixties
accoutrements in tow. I decided to put the vehicle in reverse.
I wanted to do things backwards. But, of course, its not
actually the Sixties. Its virtually the Sixties.
take a boy out of the Sixties but you cant take the
Sixties out of the boy. Having spent so much time in the
Nineties it turns out he might have lost a bit of his
confidence with the ladies. And thats dangerously close
to being square. Hed somehow lost touch with what it
really means to be Austin Powers the physical
representation of that being that hed lost his mojo, the
mysterious source of his sexual prowess, his romantic soul. We
tried to keep one foot in the Nineties, one foot in the