Friday, June 20, 2008

Mike Myers and His New Movie Getting Slammed

Damn! New York Times movie critic Tony Scott doesn't just dislike "The Love Guru" - he downright hates it.

... Which might sum up “The Love Guru” in its entirety but only at the risk of grievously understating the movie’s awfulness. A whole new vocabulary seems to be required. To say that the movie is not funny is merely to affirm the obvious. ... No, “The Love Guru” is downright antifunny, an experience that makes you wonder if you will ever laugh again.

Emphasis mine.

I just read an article in Entertainment Weekly last night about how disliked Myers is in Hollywood, due to his need to control and fear of being upstaged. He's burned a lot of bridges. The director of his first "Wayne's World" is quoted - by name! - calling him a bastard. Another unnamed movie executive suggests he has something akin to Asperger's syndrome.

Someone left a comment on the review, saying they were an extra on the movie:

The article said "The rule seems to be that no one may upstage him and all must adore him." That is 100% true. We were not allowed to stand too close to him during a break in case we heard what he said. He could never remember his lines and some scenes were shot 50 times. When he was on the elephant on the ice we felt so sorry for the poor animal (both were female) that many people hoped he would be dumped and stepped on. Being in an ice rink from 7AM until 2AM is COLD.

I've read about Myers being a jerk before, but the daggers appear to be all out this time. It's a shame, because he was a funny guy. I loved the first "Wayne's World" and most of the three "Austin Powers" movies, but it looks like his star is falling. I'd still like to see the movie for myself (and not just because previews show Justin Timberlake looking ridiculously hilarious), but I think "The Love Guru" is going to my DVD list.

No comments: