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June 01, 1999 - Image 29

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1999-06-01

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F YOU SEE ONE MOVIE THIS SUMMER, SEE STAR WARS.
If you see two movies this summer, see Austin Powers:
The Spy Who Shagged Me." So goes the
trailer for the sequel to Austin
powers, proving that even Mike Myers'

ad people have a sense of humor.

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And while the cinematic
resurrection of Yoda and Obi-
Wan Kenobi is sure to attract
more hype than that movie about
that 87-year old boating accident,
've got to confess that we're
secretly more excited about the
return of Britain's most shagadel-
ic secret agent.
It's The Spy Who Shagged Me with
Myers returning to the dual role of secret

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agent Austin Powers and his arch-nemesis
Dr. Evil. This time, Powers is heading back to
the '60s, so he can reclaim the "mojo" (the
life force that gives him his shagging abilities)
that Dr. Evil stole from him.
A serious mission, but
the secret agent doesn't
stand alone. Seasoned
bombshell Heather Graham
- offers a helping hand and
ample pick-up line opportuni-
ties as CIA operative Felicity
Shagwell. Sure, fans will have
preferences between her and
Powers' wife Elizabeth Hurley, but Myers
won't say which is his favorite hottie. "Both are equally
shaggable in different ways," Myers says. "And I have the
ience to prove it."
Okay, but we all know there is more to this spy than
his legendary libido. Austin Powers is about an era, an
attitude - all reflected in his groovy duds. But don't let
Myers' on-screen composure fool you - pimpin'
out in '60s fashions isn't all it's cut out to be.
"They're hot and uncomfortable and
raise your body temperature to 1,000
degrees Kelvin," he says. "(The
United States) should take the
lead of Canada in adopting their
own version of the 'Anti-Velvet
Act of 1970."'
Comedy College,
If that obscure historical reference didn't tip
you off, Myers grew up in Canada, attending high school
in his hometown of Toronto. After graduation, he
shunned a college education and instead hooked up with
the city's renowned Second City comedy troupe, which
Myers jokingly refers to as "The Devry of comedy." It was
during his "comedy college" years with the troupe that
*ers was discovered by "Saturday Night Live" producer
Lorne Michaels.
At "SNL," Myers was the mastermind behind some
of the most memorable skit characters, most notably
Wayne, the happy-go-lucky, head-banging slacker
brought to the big screen in the 1992 box-office smash
Wayne's World. And while the movie that made "sch-
wing" a household word has already seen one sequel,

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it's
unlikely
Myers will res-
urrect the character again. Austin Powers
is his bag now, baby. "I would love to
make more [Austin Powers movies]
in the way that they made a lot of
Pink Panthers," Myers says.
A long-running series about a
British secret agent? Hmmmm ...
kinda reminds us of another series
we know. But honestly, who would
win in a fight between Austin
Powers and 007? "I don't want
to say because James Bond is
a legend," Myers says. "But
let's just say we'd be opening a
can of JB whoop-ass. Enough said."
Myers may be trapped in London's
swinging '60s in Austin Powers, but in
real life he's doing things outside the pais-
ley and polyester. His current projects
include writing a script for a big-screen adap-
tation of the "Saturday Night Live" sketch
"Sprockets," where he'll star as Dieter, the
avant-garde German talk show host. He's
also set to star opposite himself in Just Like U
Me, the story of a romantically-frustrated
man who finally meets his match, an
exact duplicate of himself in female
form, as well as the comedy It's a
Dog's Life and the Irish drama
Pete's Meteor.
Not too shabby for a comic
who admits that "I never have
a plan. My philosophy is: It's BY
just nice to have ajob where
there is no heavy lifting." A

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JAMIE PIETRAS
SSISTANT EDITOR

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