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Interview: Verne Troyer – Mini-Me in ‘Austin Powers’ – in Chicagoland

11 August 2012 11:18 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The small but mighty Verne Troyer is a lucky and humble star. He grew in Michigan, and maintains his Midwestern roots in his approach to show business. Troyer makes an appearance at the Hollywood Palms (Naperville, Ill.) and the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema (Woodridge) to introduce “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Goldmember.”

Troyer has Amish roots, and led a conventional and productive life in Michigan. He was working in customer service for a phone company after a move to Texas, when he got connected to a placement service for the smaller people in entertainment. That led to his first gig, as a stand-in/stunt person for the John Hughes film, “Baby’s Day Out” (1994). Five years later, after taking roles in familiar 1990s films – including “Men in Black” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” – he broke out as “Mini-Me” and portrayed him in the second and »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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