Mike Myers’ hey-day was definitely in the 1990s when he produced two of movie comedies’ most iconic characters – Wayne Campbell and Austin Powers. The former produced a hit sequel while the latter had two hit sequels, but what has Myers been up to since?
Well, let’s not forget the Shrek movies. In providing the Scottish vocals for everyone’s favourite grouchy ogre, Myers had a pretty nice career set-up, reprising the role in theme park ride Shrek 4D, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Christmas special Shrek The Halls, Shrek Forever After, and TV short Scared Shrekless.
Reportedly, for Shrek Forever After, Myers and co-stars Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz got paid more than $10 million each to reprise their roles. Now that’s a nice pay cheque.
Myers unfortunately didn’t have so much luck when he ventured outside of his three hit franchises. The Love Guru, which Myers starred in, co-wrote and co-produced, bombed in 2008, and don’t even get us started on The Cat in the Hat. He also had an entertaining turn as General Ed Fenech in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. But what has he been up to since?
Well in 2013, Myers took his first go at directing, with fantastic results. His documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon was based on the hilarious legendary story of the real life figure Shep Gordon, who manages to fall into managing some of the world’s most renowned celebrities, pretty much by accident. It’s a sharp, fun film and was rightly critically acclaimed, so we hope to see him do more directing in the future.
In 2015, Myers made his first venture into television with less success. The actor reportedly signed a two-year deal with network HBO that he eventually opted out of, according to Decider, because his production deal never led to an order of his series.
The 2010s also saw Myers become increasingly busy being a father and husband (awwww!). He and his wife, Kelly Tisdale, recently welcomed daughter Paulina Kathleen to their family and they also have a son, Spike, born in 2011, and a daughter, Sunday Molly, born in 2014.
Last year, Myer enjoyed great success as a best-selling author, believe it or not. As many know, Myers has always been proud of his heritage, and his recent book Canada explores what his country means to him via photographs, anecdotes, and his trademark humour. As well as writing and publishing the book, he went on a nationwide promotional tour, which helped spur its big sales.
2017 also saw Myers debut a brand new character, Tommy Maitland, the new host for the reboot of The Gong Show which was executive produced by Will Arnett. The show was so successful that in January, it got the green light for a second season.
But Myers is not only making his comeback on the small screen. This year will also see him return to the big screen in two feature films. In Terminal, which “follows two assassins with a sinister mission, a fatally ill teacher, an enigmatic janitor and a waitress with a double life,” Myers shares the screen with one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses right now, Margot Robbie. It has already been released Stateside and is unfortunately not getting great reviews but we can decide for ourselves if it’s any use when it arrives this side of the pond around July.
Myers is also due to star in the super highly anticipated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which recently released its first trailer. Mike Myers’ role in the movie, which will see Rami Malek play the legendary Freddie Mercury, is being kept a secret. Fingers crossed that Myers is back for good now.