Mike Myers and director Jay Roach have both recently said they’d like to make an Austin Powers 4. The series so far contains Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), but it’s been 15 years since the last entry.
So with Verne Troyer – AKA Mini Me – appearing at MCM London Comic Con, we had to ask if he’s open to the idea.
“I haven’t had any conversations with Mike,” he admits, draining our mojo, before making everything shagadelic again. “I’d love to do another one. Those movies are just fun. Mike improvs all the time, so you never know what he’s going to do. You’ve got to be on your toes and try and react off of him. It’s kind of a challenge, because I don’t speak, so I’ve got to try and get my point across with just facial expressions different things like that.”
When we left Mini Me at the end of the franchise, he was bewigged and, as Troyer says, “didn’t know what direction he was going in.” “It’d be great if maybe towards the beginning, the middle or whatever, if Mini Me is able to speak. And what Mike would think of… But maybe [Mini Me] speaking. We already tried going from evil to good and that didn’t work out too well. But Mike is just amazing at what he comes up with, and hopefully I can throw some ideas out there.”
Who would make a good love interest for Mini Me? “Dream casting, let’s go ahead and stay with British and Kiera Knightley.”
As for upcoming roles on his wish list, he’d be happy to join the current batch of cinematic superhero outings. “That’d be great. I don’t know if Mighty Mouse is part of Marvel, but just give me some big ears and a cape,” he joked.
And the craziest role he’s ever been offered? That’s also superhero related… “There’s a lot of them but there’s one that was really stupid. Someone was trying to come up with a superhero movie featuring Abe Lincoln, with his top hat. And me, I don’t know what kind of superhero person I would be, but I was going to be flying out of his top hat. That was the only idea he had, so I’m like, ‘I’m good. I’ll skip on that, I don’t think it’s going to get picked up.’
Troyer also revealed a top tip for anyone heading into the reality TV world of Celebrity Big Brother: “I don’t know if I should say this but I’m going to say it, I said to the producers and everybody that was putting on Big Brother that my eyes were sensitive to the light. So anytime that you see me wearing sunglasses, I was asleep. And that was most of the time.”