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All Austin, no Evil allowed
Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands
26 December 2007
It certainly doesn't seem like it's been over ten years since "Austin
Powers, International Man of Mystery" was released in theaters. The
first time I caught wind of the character was when Jay Leno 'went back
in time' on a Tonight Show segment to visit the 60's set of Mike Myers
next movie. This introduction was not very memorable. Next up, Austin
appeared in a couple of skits when Mike hosted the 1997 MTV Movie
Awards. There was a Romeo + Juliett balcony sketch with a Fembot and,
as part of Ming Tea, the gentleman spy performed his preposterous 'BBC'
number. Again, without knowledge of the film Mike was plugging, the
appearance a bit fell flat. However, having made MTV specials with Dana
Carvey for each Waynes World picture, it came as no surprise that Myers
would plug his latest flick with a similar Music Television outing.
This was the moment Austin's Mojo really kicked into groove.
Just like the film featured 'pchychadelic scene breaks' featuring a
Laugh-In era Goldie Hawn look-a-like, the Austin Powers MTV special
takes it's cue from the 'Party' segment on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
Austin hosts his own groovy happening, surrounded by retro looking
dancers and a quartet of Fembots. Celebs like Juliana Margulies, Rosie
O'Donnel, Robert Wagner & Kurt Loder pop up as the so-called 'Swingers
Club' to do Laugh-In inspired 'quickies' sprouting typical Myers one
word nonsense lines such as 'horticulture'. Austin plugs his film by
showing clips complete with obviously canned laughter and introduced 'a
tribute to Elizabethe Hurley'. In between he tries to get the audience
up to speed with his latest lingo, introducing all his new catchphrases
and repeating the word 'shag' ad nauseum (I lost count during his
'Shag-Network shtick). Myers even appeared as himself in interview mode
at one point.
Never one to shy away from repeating himself (watch Saturday Night
Live: The Best of Mike Myers to see in which SNL skits a lot of
Austion's gags and lines originated), Mike took the 'Top Ten' lists
that worked so well on the Waynes World specials to present Austin's
top five babes of the nineties (Rupaul won. Silly Austin must have lost
his man-recognizing radar during his time in suspended animation).
There is also an hilarious 'Rorshack test' that ends with AP's libido
acting up thanks to slides of The Grand Tetons. At one point, Austin
first mentions a name that would return in the Spy Who Shagged Met
mention: Robin Swallows. Always ready to recycle, that Mike.
One person who is never mentioned, however is Dr. Evil. In fact,
neither the original trailer nor any other publicity for the film prior
to it's release showed any images of Austin's evil nemesis in order to
keep his identity a secret for as long as possible. By the time the
next film was released, attention had almost completely shifted from
Austin to Evil, but this groovy special is 100 per cent Austin, no bad
guys allowed. Of course that does mean we have to sit though another
performance of that dreadful 'BBC' song. Sigh.
9 out of 10
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