"If 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. 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, we've got to confess that we're secretly more excited about the return of Britain's most shagadelic secret agent.
It's The Spy Who Shagged Mewith Myers returning to the dual role of secret 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 opportunities as CIA operative Felicity Shagwell. Sure, fans will have their 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 science 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.'"
If that obscure historical reference didn't tip you off, Myers grew up in Canada, attending high school in his hometown of Toronto.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 Myers 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, it's unlikely Myers will resurrect 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 paisley and polyester. His current projects include writing a script for a big-screen adaptation 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 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.
But, this comic's still taking things one day at a time. "I never have a plan. My philosophy is:
It's just nice to have a job where there is no heavy lifting."
If there's one thing the new Austin Powers flick is guaranteed to have it's quotable one-liners. Here are some of our favorites from the original.
"Shall we shag now or shag later?"
"It looks like she was beaten with an ugly stick."
"I never forget a pussy ... cat."
"I shagged her rotten, yeah!"
"Only sailors use condoms."
"That's fascinating, Vanessa, why don't we go back and shag?"
"Oh behave ... yeah, baby, yeah!"
"Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!"
"I bet she shags like a minx!"
"She's like the village bicycle."
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