Saturday, June 22, 2024

Where’s Mike Myers? Making a Documentary About Alice Cooper’s Manager


EXCLUSIVE Where in the world is Mike Myers? The “Wayne’s World” and “Austin Powers” comic actor/writer/director hasn’t made a movie since “The Love Guru” bombed like crazy in 2008. Granted, he’s the voice of “Shrek” in all those movies, including the final one in 2010. And there’s been talk of a fourth “Austin Powers” movie. But still, Myers has been pretty much low key. He was barely visible in an acting cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds.”

So it may surprise you to learn that Myers has been busy producing and directing a documentary. Very quietly he’s been making a film about Shep Gordon. Who? The 68 year old is rock Alice Cooper’s long time manager. His days in rock go back to 1968 when he met Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin on the same night in Hollywood. (They were having sex.) Hendrix told him about Alice Cooper, and the rest is history. Gordon also at various times managed Blondie and Luther Vandross.

Gordon’s story is also a personal one. He has a long, complicated personal life that includes adopting four children. He also has a long friendship with the Dalai Lama, whom he’s helped support for years. And he’s an accomplished chef.

Sources say Myers is just finishing up the film, and is aiming to show at this fall’s Toronto Film Festival. The tentative title is “Super Mensch.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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