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Moriarty Chats With Mike Myers About THE LOVE GURU, SPROCKETS, SNL, And Gets Some On His Chin!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. I am a Mike Myers fan. Pure and simple. This is not an interview where I’m trying to shake Mike’s tree or corner him on something... this is me talking to a comic who I really dig and respect, and I admit... I gush like Quint in the early days of this site. This is damn near an episode of THE CHRIS FARLEY SHOW. It happens sometimes. It happened here. I’m ready to take my lumps. I’m going to go ahead and cop to the headline now before anyone calls me out on it in the talkback. I am on record with my review, and in the face of Harry’s reaction elsewhere on the site this morning, I’ll say it again: I enjoy THE LOVE GURU. I think it’s silly and ridiculous and very funny. I am pleased to see Mike back on the big screen this summer, and when I talked to Paramount about doing this interview, I get the feeling I had to jump through a few hoops before it got scheduled. That’s fine. I know Myers doesn’t do a ton of press, and I have no expectation that I’m automatically on any list of people who are given one-on-one access. In this case, it was a phone call, and one that took a bit of tricky schedule juggling on both ends before my office phone rang one morning last week.

MIKE MYERS: Hello?

MORIARTY: Hi, Mike. How are you?

Mike Myers: Good. How are you?

Moriarty: Excellent. It’s nice to finally speak to you. I’ve been hoping to do this since ’98, when I started at the site.

Mike Myers: ’98? Wow.

Moriarty: I’ve always enjoyed watching how you develop material over the years.

Mike Myers: Thank you.

Moriarty: It’s nice to see you bring a new character to the screen. Can we start with you describing the process of how the Guru Pitka came into being?

Mike Myers: Okay. Um, in 1991 my father passed away, and two things emerged for me creatively. One was Austin Powers, which was a tribute to all of the comedy that my British father, who had died, had sort of exposed me to and introduced me to when I was a kid. So it’s, you know, all the silly, “On the Buses,” Benny Hill, Python, the Goodies, Peter Sellers, I mean the list goes on and on. So I was really, really devastated when my father died. It’s a huge life event that has shaped me, you know. And at the same time I started just trying to read some positive and… and beautiful, I guess is the word, philosophy, to try and come to terms with his death. So, Austin Powers came out of his life, and this reading began to try and deal with his death. And one of the things I started to read was Deepak Chopra, and in reading that, uh, he’s… like Carl Sagan is to physics, Deepak is to philosophy. He pointed me in a whole bunch of directions. I read Gary Zukav, and I went on this amazing reading festival, and as I was talking to my friends about what I was reading, if it was anything that was kind of, you know, meaningful, I ended up talking in this voice, and so I’d be like “The only way out is in,” “Intimacy is into-me-I-see,” and people were like “Wow, that’s great. Listen, I’m feeling depressed. Can you call me?” [Laughs] And, you know, “Sure!” I’d go, “You’re a very beautiful and kind spirit who is not permanently unique in your pain,” and all of the readings and all of the everythings came out. Then in 1994 I did this stage show with five characters, one of which was Austin Powers, for the first time, and the other one was the Guru Pitka for the first time. And it’s just been circling the airport and being developed ever since.

Moriarty: It’s um, I find it fascinating that you build your films in a way that’s sort of backwards from the way that a lot of comedy in Hollywood is written, where they start with a script or a premise, and then they hire someone to come in and interpret a character, whereas your films seem to very organically grow out of the broad central character and the worlds evolve around them. And it’s sort of a big thing to do with each new movie. Is that one of the reasons that you take your time between the projects?

Mike Myers: That’s a very astute and accurate reason why these things take a long time. When I first did, I did Wayne Campbell in Canada. Basically I’ve done him my whole life, kind of, based on living in the suburbs of Toronto. And when I had my chance on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE to do the character, I called it Wayne’s world, because I love what Steven Spielberg calls the immaculate universe, that surrounds the characters, and to me the creative process is a dialogue between everybody. So my prop guy, Eugene McCarthy comes in, and he’s not just a prop guy, he’s somebody who ends up being in the entire creative dialogue, he makes things better than they’re written. Marguerite Derricks, the choreographer, is the same. Jay Roach is just awesome at pulling the best ideas out of the people he works with and proffering the best ideas that he has. And it’s this magic swirl, this dialogue, all for the, you know, all for the cause of creating a world that makes sense unto itself, so that you can have that wonderful sense of being transported into a world for ninety minutes, and that is hopefully really funny. I mean I love comedy, I will always love comedy, and comedy movies that have a world have always delighted me.

Moriarty: I always thought the Pink Panther films set up a very clear world. It wasn’t just that Sellers was funny. Everybody in the film was allowed to be funny. Herbert Lom was probably never better than he was in those.

Mike Myers: Herbert Lom was hilarious. You know, that’s case in point for me. I mean I loved that movie, and I love the series. It’s… I think it’s just a fascinating experience that I’m insanely grateful I’ve had the chance to do. I can’t believe it’s gone on as long as it has. I can’t believe, you know, I’m like a guy from Toronto who wanted to do this. And I start from a place of just being grateful that I’m employed, and then my mind is blown, to being able to be a part of that dialogue.

Moriarty: Well like, for instance, I like the fact that Verne Troyer, who you worked so well with in the Austin Powers films, that you brought him back in this one. And, um, Verne’s a really different person this time out.

Mike Myers: Well, Jay Roach cast Verne Troyer. And he said “We have our Mini-Me,” and I went “Oh okay, awesome.” So I met him on set. And within five minutes of meeting him, I was like “Why did we make Mini-Me not talk?” [Laughs] This guy’s hilarious. And he was cracking up the crew, and he’s just, he’s super-funny, and he’s got a really sweet edge to him, you know what I mean? He’s edgy, and I’ve had in the back of my mind, it’s been my goal to write a character for Verne where he gets to play a speaking character that has a point of view and has an edge to him. But having said that, in AUSTIN POWERS, Verne was able to do more with no words than many many actors with tons and tons of paragraphs of words.

Moriarty: Well I love that what could have been just kind of a throwaway nod to maybe the greatest bad movie of all-time, THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, turned out instead to be something that became very complicated, that has its own life over the course of those two films.

Mike Myers: That’s cause Verne is part of the dialogue, you know what I mean? Verne comes in with great ideas, and everybody that I’ve worked with, you know Justin, I sent him the script, and he sent me back a whole bunch of ideas and a whole bunch of questions, and we’re all the richer for it. He’s great, Verne’s great, Jessica’s great, Romany’s great. It’s a very exciting process. [Coughs] Pardon my voice. It’s just I’ve been talking non-stop for five days, so my voice has gone ten octaves lower than normal. Sorry.

Moriarty: Oh, no worries. Now Marco was one of Jay Roach’s assistant directors, correct?

Mike Myers: Correct, he was an assistant to the director.

Moriarty: Oh okay, so he was there for the Austin Powers process?

Mike Myers: He was there, he was part of the dialogue. He started in AUSTIN 1, did AUSTIN POWERS 2, AUSTIN POWERS 3, and he did the second unit as well, and then he did, he was assistant to Jay on MEET THE PARENTS and MEET THE FOCKERS, and he also did the second unit on that. So he’s been part of the process always.

Moriarty: Okay. So there was already a huge comfort level then, walking in with him?

Mike Myers: There’s a shorthand, you know what I mean? Um, you know, when you create the movie, and you’re a writer, your job is to… Lorne Michaels always said it’s kind of like steering a freighter, you know what I mean?

Moriarty: Yeah.

[Laughs]

Mike Myers: Over time, cause freighters take so long, if you just touch the wheel a little bit to the right, over time instead of going to South America, you’re going to the horn of Africa, you know what I mean? And that’s kind of the process of it. It’s kind of a shaping thing. Del Close was one of my early teachers. He was a founding member of Second City.

Moriarty: Oh yeah.

Mike Myers: And he used to say that the two greatest things in collaboration are “yes” and “and,” to agree and to add. And this is the process, you know we all throw down, we all put into this collective pot, but we say yes, and then we and it. “Yes and, yes and.” And that’s how it all kind of gets into the same, where we’re all going in the same direction.

Moriarty: I’ve been on a number of sets, watching how people put sequences or moments together, and it’s always interesting, the different ways people create that environment when you’re on a set, because it is very hard I think, to be funny and kind of open yourself up to that invention when you’ve got the teamsters standing around, and you’ve got, you know, work going on and a camera six feet away. And so you’ve got to kind of be able to create an environment. And some people like to be able to play and invent there, some people like to play and invent before they get to the set and be very focused once they’re there. Do you allow for improvisation while you’re on set, or is it something in the rehearsal process, that you like to do it there and be very clear once you reach the filming process?

Mike Myers: Well, writing is improvising at the typewriter, and improvving on the set is writing on the set. It’s all one in the same. And then you edit it, and it completely changes then – you change the running order, you break a scene into three, it’s all, again Del Close says it’s a transformative process. He said it’s a transformative process where you have to have a soldier’s discipline, but you have to wear your character as lightly as a straw boater, and so you kind of have two modalities that are seemingly in contradiction, but actually work in tremendous harmony. So I try to write as tight a script as I can going in, but then once we’re there and we get a couple of good takes of the scripted version, uh – hold on one second. [Coughs] Pardon me. Ugh, my throat is…

Moriarty: I could only imagine after the week of press.

Mike Myers: Yeah, and when you do the press line, you don’t have interviews, you have like “SO, YEAH, I ENJOYED…”

Moriarty: Quick shouting matches.

Mike Myers: So yeah, my voice reminds me of walking the red carpet. Um… you know, you have to, the given circumstances, like you get there and the set is ten times longer than you thought it was going to be, you write a little bit more to cover the walk over to that door, you know what I mean? It’s all that stuff that is an ongoing thing. And in the case of Romany, and Justin and Verne, they come up with ideas, so once we’ve got the scripted take, we do one for shits and giggles, and that’s… I’d say fifty percent of the time, the shits and giggles take gets used. But you need to have a basis of stuff you want done. You know, one of the challenges in filmmaking is the collection of objects and subjects and their preparation for photography. Then, from that point on, you can improvise away. It’s hard to improvise 25 fawns, for example. You need a fawn guy. [Laughs]

Moriarty: Now like I said, I’ve been sort of following your work, and things you developed, and things you were circling, and maybe involved in since I began at Ain’t It Cool, and one of the very first articles that I wrote was in anticipation of what looked like what was gonna be your next film at the time, SPROCKETS.

Mike Myers: Right.

Moriarty: And you wrote that with Mike McCullers…

Mike Myers: Correct.

Moriarty: …and I really enjoyed the script. I know that it was still early days when the draft that I read was worked on, um, but you’re one of the few people I’ve ever seen pull the plug on yourself because you felt it wasn’t ready. As opposed to somebody else saying “Okay, creative differences, we’re not gonna do this script that Mike wrote,” it was you. You wrote the script, and then you were the one that said “Well, I don’t feel like it’s ready.”

Mike Myers: Well, it – it wasn’t ready, I stand by that.

Moriarty: And that’s, I think that’s admirable that you actually have the belief in your own work that you really want to push it to a place that… cause I really enjoyed it. I would have shot that draft. And everyone else seemed ready to shoot that draft. And I felt like it spoke very highly of your drive to do something that you have to be passionate about.

Mike Myers: Well I was raised with very loving, interesting parents. My mom and dad instilled in me a tremendous work ethic, and because my dad sold encyclopedias and my mom worked in the office of a factory, it was instilled in me that when you go to see a movie it’s the ticket price, plus popcorn, plus Diet Coke, plus Milk Duds, plus babysitter, you know what I mean? It’s no small thing, and I take my entertainer’s responsibility very seriously. I believe that the people that agree to sit in the dark and not talk about themselves with strangers, and focus their attention on this rectangle that I’ve made, that you better make sure that every molecule is entertaining, because it’s a lot of money, and it’s a lot of investment of time. Um, in the case of… I would say the ratio of stuff that I begin to the stuff that gets made is probably twenty to one. I think that’s an average. Sometimes ten to one, you know, none of it is math or science or written down somewhere, but roughly I would say anywhere from ten to twenty to one. It’s the same when I did SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. I didn’t hand in every sketch I wrote. I wrote probably three to one, you know what I mean? And it’s a process. I’m an artist, I… I want it to be good. And by good, I mean something that I would want to see that makes me laugh.

Moriarty: Well you said that when you originally premiered the characters of Austin and the Guru Pitka, that it was an evening with several characters.

Mike Myers: Yep.

Moriarty: Are we gonna see any of those other characters at some point?

Mike Myers: I don’t know. I never know. I had something like Tristan and something like Bucky, the two characters that I did on the MTV Movie Awards. They were circling the airport, and then all of a sudden it just seemed like this was their home. That process, to me, remains mysterious. You know I’ve done this kind of work, I’ve been very lucky to get to do this work, there were no guarantees when I was up in Toronto wanting to do this work, there were no guarantees that it was going to turn out as great as it has, and, you know, it found a home. The birthing process to me is very mysterious. And that’s okay. Again, it’s just my training with Del Close, and Lorne Michaels. Lorne Michaels used to say “What is it now? What is it now? What is it now?” Cause it’s transformative, and some of these things just take time.

Moriarty: What really is kind of remarkable are the mentors that you’ve been lucky enough to sort of work with over the years. I mean Lorne is... one of the things that I’d eventually like to do is write a book about the influence that SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE has had on film. Because I don’t think any television show ever has had the same impact on motion pictures that SNL has.

Mike Myers: I think that’d be a great book, and I think that it would be a very smart book, and it’s true. I mean a lot of praise needs to go to Lorne Michaels. He, like Del Close, like a lot of the great thinkers – and I think he is a great thinker – that I’ve had the privilege of learning from and being near, he creates a glossary of terms for things that were previously just general malaise. So, you know, “second time blues,” “what is it now.” He has great aesthetics. He’s always said this, that no matter where you go, like if you used to take a dogsled up to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, to an air force base and there’s eight dudes there working on a missile silo, if you went all the way there and it took you fifteen days, you’d still have to show up with material. It’s not enough that you showed up. [Laughs] I mean, and I was like “Oh, of course,” you know? That’s such a great way to put it. And these things get instilled in you. I have such great respect for him that I go “Wow. That’s a great idea.”

Moriarty: Well SNL especially, there’s such a pressure cooker sense of, you have a week, you are writing to different guest stars, you workshop, you mount the scripts, you get them up and by Saturday night it’s live or die. And there’s that direct feedback with both the dress rehearsal audiences and the actual on-air audiences. In film, obviously, that feedback works very differently because you have the test screening process, which is sort of the slow-motion version of that. And I know some filmmakers that love that process and really use it, and I know other filmmakers that sort of dread it. Where do you fall on it?

Mike Myers: Uh, you know I feel that the audience is my boss, so I feel like I have a review from my boss. And when it goes well, which it has on THE LOVE GURU, which I’m very happy about…

Moriarty: Oh, the audience I saw it with went nuts.

Mike Myers: They did?

Moriarty: They went nuts. It was great. And it’s fun to be in a packed house when that happens.

Mike Myers: That means my greatest joy ever. It’s… what that experience is, is magical. And I know the words are a little corny, but honestly I don’t know how else to say it, except that it’s magical, and unbelievably… you just have this feeling of gratitude that overcomes you. You just are like “Thank you, thank you, thank you, I love it, I love it, I love it.” So that, to me, is the first and foremost, to know all of the hard work and the attention to detail has paid off in a laugh. It’s unbelievably satisfying. I don’t think I’ll ever be blasé about that.

Moriarty: Well Mike, I want to thank you for taking the time today, and it’s really a thrill to talk to you, and good luck with it. I really enjoyed the picture, and I guess my one last question would be that, so often, we see Hollywood sort of imitate things that are successful at any given moment. And since you did Austin Powers, and you’ve been doing the Shrek films, and you haven’t been doing the original characters of your own, the comedy landscape has shifted somewhat. Was there ever a moment where anybody felt like silly comedy is… cause I love the fact that you embrace that innocence, and that sort of childlike nature of telling a joke. Just how fun it is to tell a joke and watch somebody respond is what I get out of Pitka so much, that he enjoys his interactions with people. Was there ever a sense that the comedy landscape was different enough that it was a question mark, what the Mike Myers brand of comedy would be like now?

Mike Myers: No. [Laughs]

Moriarty: Well, good!

Mike Myers: I never pay… you know, if I had to go into a laboratory and come up with the least commercial idea in the world, I would have the character be non-American, have bad teeth, be sort of strangely frisky. I would parody a movie franchise – in fact I was making a parody of a parody, so – a movie franchise that, at that time, was at its nadir. Of course now, after CASINO ROYALE, the James Bond series is vibrant, but I wouldn’t have done the English Carnaby Street ‘60s, I would have done the Volkswagen van Woodstock ‘60s.

Moriarty: Right.

Mike Myers: I just really think that this notion of predicting is wrong. If I had to choose a song at the time, there’s pressure on me to do Guns ‘N’ Roses on WAYNE’S WORLD, and I went with “Bohemian Rhapsody.” You just have to play your game and listen to yourself, and love what you do.

Moriarty: I love the callback in LOVE GURU.

Mike Myers: Ah, thank you.

Moriarty: And one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, cause I go to a lot of test screenings, or did at one point, and I think one of the best experiences I’ve ever had was the very first test screening for the first Austin Powers movie, which is fascinating because nobody in that audience seemed to know what it was before it started to unfold. I was kind of shocked that the film didn’t really catch fire in theaters, because I’d seen it with that group and seen it work on people that had no idea what they were about to watch, and really fell for it over the course of the movie.

Mike Myers: Right.

Moriarty: So I’m glad that you went back to Austin, that we saw the films you did with him, and I just hope we see more of Pitka or whatever else it is that you’re looking forward to doing in the future.

Mike Myers: Thank you very much.

Moriarty: Okay Mike, thank you very much.

Mike Myers: My pleasure. Bye-bye.

Gotta say, I enjoyed talking to him, and it was going well enough that if my time hadn’t been up, I would have been perfectly happy to keep talking with him. And no matter what Harry says, I saw it in a packed theater that seemed to have a great time with it. I’m not going to use my theater to say you WILL ENJOY IT, just as I think it would be ridiculous to take Harry’s experience to mean that YOU WON’T. It’s comedy; I rarely agree with Harry on comedy. There’s no accounting for what one person finds funny and another does not. I’d say if you like Myers in general, check out THE LOVE GURU for yourself. I think it’s a nice fit with his earlier work, and well worth the look. Thanks to Tamar and Casey for putting this together, and to Ribbons for stepping in as transcription elf this time out.


Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • June 19, 2008, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Moriarty is INSANE

    by HEADGEEK

    but I still love him like an older brother that came home one day with a penis where his ear was.

  • June 19, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST

    wow... Harry is first?

    by Desmondo

    Is Moriartys opinion influenced by the fact he had to interview him? <br/> I don't know who to go with on this one. But my instinct says the film sucks.

  • June 19, 2008, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Insane or not...

    by parallax_r

    I enjoyed that conversation - you should really have your own "Inside The Actor's Studio" show, Mr. McWeeny... Good shit.

  • June 19, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST

    "The audience is my boss"

    by tomdolan04

    Yeah but your boss likes Shrek 3 and hides his copy of Axe Murdered to gather dust so I'd stage a coup, kill the shareholders and fire the bastard if we're going for the analogy.

  • June 19, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Love Guru

    by The Real MiraJeff

    I thought it was alright. I'd been led to believe it was shit but it genuinely surprised me, though expectations are everything. Myers is just so fun to watch onscreen and he commits to the character. Timberlake isn't bad either. Alba is still terrible. She just flat out can't act and doesn't even sell the one joke she's given. Romany Malco is thoroughly wasted. Kingsley gets one note to play. Verne is very good though and his scenes with Myers are a hoot. Colbert and Gaffigan also steal a few scenes as the hockey announcers. It's got a decent pace and it's short (Zohan and Get Smart are both 15 minutes too long) and it's colorful and full of crazy characters even if yes, the jokes are a bit juvenile and silly and there's a lot of puns and jokes breaking down language that are clever but not really funny. Same joke ratio as Love Guru, for every one that misses, two find their mark. I'd still say Get Smart works better overall, but Love Guru is easily better than Zohan. Of course, The Happening is funnier than all of them combined.

  • June 19, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST

    WATCHMEN

    by The Real MiraJeff

    Friend of mine saw it. Two word review for the fanboys who can't wait: "Fucking Amazing." <p> As for Wanted, I thought it was very good. It's gonna blow some people's minds. They nail the tone, the actions is incredible and McAvoy rocks it. Plus Angelina's got an amazing ass. What more do you want?

  • June 19, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST

    I'm a Myers fanatic, but this...

    by GiggityGoo

    ...the trailers for "Love Guru" have left me groaning. "Wayne's World", all three "Austin Powers" movies, and especially "So I Married An Axe Murderer" are most of my favorite comedies ever, and I was always a fan of his SNL stuff. But nothing I've seen in the "Love Guru" trailers has made me even smile. I'm sure my wife will throw it in the NetFlix queue, so I'll see it eventually, but this weekend I'm using my weekly movie money to go see "Incredible Hulk" again.

  • June 19, 2008, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Zohan looks alot better

    by Tarl_Cabot

    advantage, Sandler. Myers seems incapable of making a joke that's not a pop culture reference and that's REALLY Tiresome in the age of South Park, Family Guy...etc.

  • June 19, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    TarlCabot...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... actually, say what you will about THE LOVE GURU, but it's not a series of pop culture jokes. You may not like the jokes, but you're describing something that's pretty much completely wrong. His jokes come from the bizarre characters more than anything.

  • June 19, 2008, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Always been a Myers fan

    by Mr Writer

    I think there's a lot of comedy snobbery going on at the moment and I admire anyone who has the balls to admit they still enjoy Myers' work. I've always found him funny and although The Love Guru looks a pretty familiar retread of his earlier comedies I'm pretty sure it'll get more than a few laughs from me. Yes, its juvenile and silly, but there is always some very clever comedy in there too and a sense of innocence and fun that is missing from so many other 'fashionable' comedies of the moment. I hope this makes a lot of money so that the critics can't say Myers is past his best or out of step with current comedy trends, because that's bullshit. Funny is funny and Myers has such a good onscreen presence and natural charm I'm sure a lot of audiences are going to enjoy The Love Guru. Will they groan at times? Probably. But they'll sure as hell laugh a lot too. I'm a journalist myself and do a lot of interviews, so I enjoyed reading Moriaty's chat with Mike who sounds like a really genuine care who cares about what he does. Harry's vitriolic review elsewhere on the site may well be his opinion, but nothing divides film goers more than comedy it seems. I. for one, am looking forward to The Love Guru and I'll make my own mind up once I've seen it.

  • June 19, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Even if the movie sucks.....

    by cookiepuss

    Great interview. Austin Powers is genius so it was great to see his thinking behind all that (don't know if the Love Guru is any good but the MTV Movie Awards characters were pretty weak though)

  • June 19, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Reviewers talking about the audience...

    by raw_bean

    ...strikes me as a waste of time. It's something I've been noticing these last few years reading AICN, but reviewers (both site writers and sent in reviews) seem to completely project their own feelings onto the audience they were sitting with. Hence this extreme and clear example here, where Mori who liked the film tells us the audience was all in stitches, and Harry who hated it tells us most people were stony faced and then insults and writes off those who were laughing. Off the top of my head I think Latauro is the only reviewer from the site who from time to time states his opinion but adds that he seems to be in the minority and that other people disagreed, at which point he verbally shrugs and asks us to make up our own minds.

  • June 19, 2008, 5:56 a.m. CST

    seeiing Austin Powers

    by NedNederlander

    I'm not a huge fan of Myers, sometimes a bit too repetitive for me, but having said that, seeing the 1st Austin Powers is still one of may favourite moviegoing moments, myself and a friend, and about 10 other people in a cinema in Dublin, Ireland, wetting ourselves at this film we knew nothing about. It was such a crazy experience, because everyone at it ended up talking to each other on the way out. Then a few of us, having never met before, ended up oing for a beer! it was a great night out.

  • June 19, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • June 19, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Moriarty: Great Interview

    by kevinwillis.net

    I loved it, anyway. Makes me think that the only problem with your interviews normally is that the studios/handlers aren't giving you ENOUGH TIME with the person your interviewing. F**k Entertainment Weekly and Variety and Premiere Magazine! Every major star and director with a project coming up needs to block at an hour for you. You can tell them that some anonymous web developer from Tennessee said so. That'll make 'em stand up and listen!

  • June 19, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    "Block OUT an Hour" for you

    by kevinwillis.net

    Or two. The Myer's interview is great. And, frankly, I like cordial interviews. Interviews where the interviewer clearly thinks his subject sucks, or is an ass, or that they (the interviewer) are God's gift to the unwashed masses, uniformly suck. IMHO.

  • June 19, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Watchmen?! What? Someone saw it?!

    by m_reporter

    WTF?

  • June 19, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    what we need

    by Cedar_Room

    to help decide who is right about this film - is a list of comedies considered great by both Moriarty and Harry. We can then judge from what they consider to be funny as to whether we will think the Love Guru will be funny (or utterly shit).

  • June 19, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    After Apatow And Rogen My Comedy Standards Are Higher

    by pr1c3y

  • June 19, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Moriarty, can you give more of a review?

    by dastickboy

    I like myers brand of cheeky innocence, so I'm inclined to go ith you on this, but as a whole what worked and what didn't?

  • June 19, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    SPROCKETS

    by RenoNevada2000

    Like you Mori, I found Myers SPROCKETS script insanely funny. I would have liked to hear him expand on what he thought the problems in the script were.

  • June 19, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Mike Myers is a Great Guy...

    by GoSensGo

    He's very cool to remember my popcorn, Coke, Milk Duds, and babysitter money. Gotta love Mike, even if he's a Leafs fan.

  • June 19, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    "with a penis where his ear was"

    by cyrent

    absolutely priceless.

  • June 19, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    On the Guru Poster

    by FILMFUNK

    His fake Nose is a different colour! You'd think they'd touch the poster up or is it on purpose, you, know, because it's FUNNY!?

  • June 19, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    NukeMyFridge

    by Cedar_Room

    one of my favourite songs of all time, from one of my favourite bands.

  • June 19, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    and not to be pedantic

    by Cedar_Room

    but it's just Doves, no "The"

  • June 19, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Totally pedantic

    by Flying Spaghetti Monster

  • June 19, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    by Flying Spaghetti Monster

  • June 19, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    it would be pedantic

    by Cedar_Room

    if spelling the name of the band wrong was a small unimportant detail, but its not. It's unspeakably important.

  • June 19, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    WATCHMEN??? SEEN???

    by decypher44

    MiraJeff, we need more details!!!

  • June 19, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Good interview Bad follow up on Sprockets

    by Montag666

    It's true. I remember Mori talking about the Sprockets script like it was not only funny, but very daring and strange at the same time. I wish Mori would have followed up as to why the script wasn't up to snuff.

  • June 19, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    MR MEYERS, LEAVE THE FILM BUISNESS!

    by g-ride9000

    MR MEYERS, LEAVE THE FILM BUISNESS, please because you suck at it. You are the single "one trick" pony who seems to think there is room for historical forms of theater (vaudeville/slapstick) can hold up as the center piece of a major modern motion picture. You have a wonderful apartment in Manhattan. Women will sleep with you and you have money/friend. So for the last time, MR MEYERS, LEAVE THE FILM BUISNESS!

  • June 19, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I don't get the hate for this LOVE GURU movie

    by IAmLegolas

    I know it doesn't affect my life and all, there are bigger and better things to worry about, but I'm bummed out at all the negative reaction to Mike Myer's new film, THE LOVE GURU, without even seeing it. (And I'm not talking to the people who hate him no matter what he does.)<P>OK, yeah, THE LOVE GURU concept is probably something nobody was looking for, but the guy has proven himself to be quite the comic genius (at least to me), so I don't know why nobody's giving it a chance.<P> We all are aware of how AUSTIN POWERS bombed at the box office and nobody liked the trailer, but it was huge on video (before DVD!) and greenlit a sequel. All his SNL skits were gold (Dieter, that Verklemmf woman, Middle Aged man, the hyperactive kid chained to the playground thing, the kid in the bathtub, etc.) and WAYNE'S WORLD is amazing (if not a bit dated now). I don't really count any of his other stuff as those weren't, more or less, soley from him (re: SHREK, SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER, CAT IN THE HAT, etc.)<P> And if you are going to kick his ass over being a control freak or difficult to work with, well, it's rare that creative types/geniuses aren't.<P> LEAVE MIKE MYERS ALONE!!! *sob sob boo hoo*

  • June 19, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by IAmLegolas

    I really wish that SPROCKETS movie was made. I mean, how can you go wrong with David Hasselhoff as the villian?

  • June 19, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Quint in the 'early days'?

    by BitterMan23

    When will this apparently ongoing infancy end? If he's not gushing about the talent he's gushing about himself.

  • June 19, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Does he play a Scotsman at some point in this one?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Does he do the thing where gets behind a couch and pretends to be going down the stairs? 'Cause that NEVER gets old.

  • June 19, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Really nice Interview Mori!

    by RobFromBackEast

    Moriarty, you sir are a very rarely wrong; and even when I think you are I always see where you’re coming from. Harry on the other hand... I will see this, purely because Harry said it was shit. No offense Harry, I know it’s all opinion.

  • June 19, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    No pop culture jokes...?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Take-it-E-Z-Fro-Do!

  • June 19, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Austin Powers

    by Steve T

    Austin Powers wasn't big in cinemas? It was a pretty big thing over here in blighty as I remember. I am not sure about this one tho, it does seem evry Mike Myers going through the motions. I think seeing this will depend on whether the girlfriend wants to and what she's prepared to do to earn it...

  • June 19, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Something was missing...

    by Kankennon

    I know! Moriarty didn't try to talk Mike Myers into an erection--or is that something only Harry and Ebert do?

  • June 19, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    A good choice to play...Andy Capp

    by mister death

    Of all the British comedy / or characters that Mike Myers would be a great fit to play would be Andy Capp. Think about it. Beer drinker, couch sleeper, wife beater...pure comedy gold. I remember Mike Myers on Much Music (Canada's MTV) way before SNL and he was born to play Andy Capp in a live action or animated movie.

  • June 19, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    How Could This Possibly Be a Good Interview...

    by Jack Shepherd

    ...when it includes shit like this? Mike Myers: Pardon me. Ugh, my throat is… Moriarty: I could only imagine after the week of press. Moriarty, you don't have to provide verbatim transcripts of your interviews. Nobody gives a shit about your concern for Mike Myers' throat.

  • June 19, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Lighten up, Jack

    by zacdilone

    Don't you have to get back to the island or something?

  • June 19, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST

    The more I think about The Love Guru

    by beastie

    and the fact that Harry hated it, makes me really look forward to renting the DVD. Too expensive to see in the theater, but I do have a soft spot for Mike Myers comedy - as repetative as it can be.</p><p> And can anyone else believe this: all in one year - Mike Myers writes a new character - Guns 'n Roses Chinese Democracy comes out (albeit ilegally), Indiana Jones 4, and Duke Nukem 4 is actually scheduled to drop. Fucking wierd.

  • June 19, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Re: pop cultural reference,TheRealMoriarty

    by Tarl_Cabot

    Ok, I give it a look on cable but I recall a scene on the trailor when he picks up 'mini-me' at the hokey game and says "these things are heavy!, I'd like to thank the academy.." = stanard Mike meyers pop culture reference humor moment.

  • June 19, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    The first Austin is a classic and so was Axe Murderer but the Sh

    by Tarl_Cabot

    are in your words "pure teflon". Anyway, there are so few good comedies...easily the hardest genre to produce so we shouldn't give this guy so much shit...I find Will Ferrel justr as guilty as going to the same well too many times.Myers had some brilliant sketches on SNL such as Sprockets, the Handsome guy infomercial add...but the pop cultural thing that he started with Waynes World has zero novelty and now these trash spoof comedies...just makes me glad I grew up in the 80s when everything was funny and original. :-)

  • June 19, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I know its hard for a subject to come up with

    by skimn

    new material for every interview, but a lot of Myers responses are verbatim from recent interviews on Leno and Shootout. But congrats for a longer interview than most "entertainment journalists" get in their lifetime.

  • June 19, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    oops.. > Shrek movies

    by Tarl_Cabot

    my bad.

  • June 19, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    "...negative reactions, without even seeing it..."

    by C00L DUD3

    Yeah, I really don't get all of that, but whatevs...let the haters hate. I was bummed that I missed out on a screening of The Love Guru earlier this week, and am definitely planning on checking it out this weekend. Myers form of comedy works well for him, in his films, and I think it'll be a good time.

  • June 19, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    May 2nd 1997

    by JAGUART

    The Woman of My Dreams sat on my lap during the first Austin Powers movie, and nearly pissed herself laughing at the Austin/Fembots I touch myself" scene. The film had such charm and Elizabeth Hurley was just so beautiful. I had the joy of this great Myers film along with this fantastically breasted german sexpot. It was a zenith, and six weeks later I would never see her again forever.

  • June 19, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    If I was a hispanic woman fond of tv novelas...

    by Tarl_Cabot

    I'd weep for you Jaguart. ;) The first Austin was like the Raiders of that trilogy. Just perfect.

  • June 19, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Hell,

    by skimn

    every movies better with a big busted German sexpot on your lap.

  • June 19, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Jeez, JAGUART

    by Jack Shepherd

    Way to bring the room down, man. Where'd I put my gun?

  • June 19, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Watchmen doesn't come out till March 2009

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    I seriously doubt they're close to wrapping filming, much less that they actually have a working edit.

  • June 19, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    hey mike, when did you stop being funny

    by bacci40

    stop making movies you cheap hack

  • June 19, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Real MiraJeff...saw what????

    by bacci40

    we are a year away from the release...no way are any of the fx done...what exactly did he see?

  • June 19, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I'd still rent it if that guy from the Backstreet Boys wasn't in

    by Hamtaro Hentai

    But then again, Colbert's in it too, so who knows...

  • June 19, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    so i married an ax murderer is underrated

    by jccalhoun

    i'd really like to see meyers do something more in the vein of So I married an As Murderer than Austin Powers. I'll probably see this eventually but it would be nice to see a less broad and over the top comedy from him again.

  • June 19, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    IAmJack...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... they wrapped WATCHMEN months ago. They had a 20 minute sizzle reel they were showing people as far back as February or March. There's absolutely at least one cut of the film done, maybe even more than that. It's going to be locked and finished well before the end of the year.

  • June 19, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I can't believe I'm about to do this, but

    by OptimusCrime

    Justin Timberlake was in N Sync, not Backstreet Boys. Please kill me.

  • June 19, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Go easy on Myers for this

    by theyreflockingthisway

    The Love Guru may be bad from what I've heard, but we can't write Myers off for this. <br><br> I love the Wayne's World movies and the first Austin Powers. I'd go as far as to call them comedy genius. I think Myers lost his way from the Austin Powers sequels (mostly repetitive use of jokes) but he's far from finished. <br><br> I've seen a lot of bad comedies lately. To be honest only Superbad stands out as something I really laughed at. The problem is most comedies these days are either just full of references to other films or a contest to guess at what point Stiller/Vaughn/Owen/Farrell etc will cameo. <br><br> Even though Austin Powers was a Bond spoof, the jokes were self contained. You could still laugh without seeing them (I know as I had never seen a Bond film when I saw it. I think anyone who understands comedy like this can do it again. <br><br> Basically, Myers, all I'm saying is make Wayne's World 3!

  • June 19, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST

    yeah, there should be a full cut of Watchmen by now

    by Charlie Murphy

    not complete FX or anything, but a version probably exists. As for someone seeing it, i don't think MiraJeff should've said anything in some random LOVE GURU talkback. We need details and a new talkback, dammit!

  • June 19, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Because of the reviews posted here...

    by Jabroni

    I have decided to save my time and and invest my money in "Get Smart" looks a hell of a lot funnier and a better use of my movie time. Austin Powers, Axe Murderer and Shrek are all that Meyers needs, why ruin a good thing?

  • June 19, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    It's a shame Dana Carvey had to die...

    by joe90025

    Oh wait.

  • June 19, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Don't worry, Optimus

    by Hamtaro Hentai

    I know he was in In-Sink too, I was sarcasticly trying to imply all boy band are the same. Maybe I should have said New Kids On The Block... Oh, and I hate that talentless, lucky fool.

  • June 19, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST

    i saw watchmen, and cloverfield.. iron man 2 also..

    by soup74

    they were all "fucking amazing".. i cant believe they recast tony stark using christian bale!

  • June 19, 2008, 8:21 p.m. CST

    I've seen Terminator 4: Blah de Blah Blah Blah

    by tonagan

    It was great, especially the twist at the end when it all turns out to be a dream of Sarah Connor's while she's hopped up on X.

  • June 19, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Masa is the ONLY guy who I can trust anymore...

    by expert_40

    ... at this site.<br><br>If it isn't Harry cumming all over the complete SHIT that was "Attack of the Clones," it's Drew liking the asshole of a piece of shit like "The Love Guru."<br><br>This site has absolutely NO credibility anymore as far as film reviews go.<br><br>Yeah, it's still fun to come here to get all the different POVs... but as reviewers, the whole of AICN sucks...<br><br>Except for Masa.

  • June 19, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Great Interview Mori

    by TerryMalloy

    Myers was articulate. And you didn't fawn over him either. Nice discussion.

  • June 19, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    expert_40

    by necgray

    "If it isn't Harry cumming all over the complete SHIT that was "Attack of the Clones," it's Drew liking the asshole of a piece of shit like "The Love Guru." <p>Exactly the kind of response I'd expect from a fan of the man who brought us that lovely Sex and the City review... Massa's reviews are hit-and-miss at best, but if you LIKE being pandered to, he's all yours. I don't agree with Mori all the time, but I've never read a shitty review by the man. Whereas Massa has written shitty reviews. The prime candidate being the afore-mentioned unwarranted, unfunny, unnecessary douchebag-talkbacker fan service.

  • June 20, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    How come this was on the front page for like 5 minutes?

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Whats up with that?

  • June 20, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST

    You didn't ask him when he's making another entry...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    ...in that popular and beloved franchise that he established - "The Cat in the Hat II".

  • June 20, 2008, 5:43 a.m. CST

    "I was kind of shocked that the film didn’t really catch fire in

    by chien_sale

    What didn't catch in theatres? Austin Powers? Are you nuts?

  • June 20, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    The problem with Austin Powers

    by mraig

    I have always been amazed at the gigantic drop in quality from the first Austin Powers movie (which, yes, chien_sale and others, didn't make a lot in theaters, even though the other two did) to the sequels. I thought the first one was just devastatingly funny, and the other two, while they had their moments, pretty much fell flat. <P> I think the difference is that, in the first one, the joke is that Austin Powers doesn't fit in. The joke is that the late 60s was such a strange bizarre time, and what made sense for a few years is now just absurd. What was funny about Austin Powers was not so much all the absurd stuff he said and did, as it was that he tried to do it in *our world*, which has no place for it anymore. You weren't supposed to actually think Austin Powers was cool; you were supposed to laugh at the idea that that's what once passed for cool (a weird-looking guy with bad teeth). <P> But then in the sequels, they just kind of forget about that, and showed us a world not where Austin Powers has to try to change to fit in with everyone else, but where somehow everything else has fit in to match with Austin Powers. He's no longer a fish out of water, because he can have the same crazy parties and get the women and say his cheesy lines and suddenly everyone loves him. <P> There were lots of ways they could have kept the joke going--if they wanted to do time travel, what if Austin Powers went back to the 60s, but then discovered that *he* no longer fit in there, because he had been so assimilated to the 90s that he seemed ridiculous to the people and culture of the 60s? It seems like that would be getting at the heart of what made the first movie funny more than just repeating "Oh behave!" and the other lines from the first movie ad nauseum. <P> I think maybe that is kind of a good description of Mike Myers's career: he was funny when he was a goofy outsider that nobody took seriously, but, as he gets more mainstream, and his weird style of comedy gets less unfamiliar and less radically different from everything else out there, it gets less funny. (See also Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, etc)

  • June 20, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Chien...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... the first AUSTIN POWERS was a dog in theatrical, but finally found its audience on video. Until that happened, it was looking really touchy for Mike's career. He needed that film to hit, and it just took a little longer for people to figure out how much they liked it.

  • June 20, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    mraig the problem with Austin Powers

    by Prossor

    is the first one was a good parody of the James Bond series, with lots of clever shit but it still had a 0 plot but no one gives a shit about that. All of this was only worth one movie, not freaking THREE. the next two were slapstick routines, awful ones at that.

  • June 20, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    The thing about Mike Myers comedy is...

    by Archive

    he's really, really nice. He's sometimes dumb, sometimes randy, but never mean. Today, mean is totally in, and Get Smart has a leg up with how it exploits it's character's vulnerabilities. Myers succeeds BECAUSE of his vulnerabilities. I kind of really want to see this.