Mike Myers to direct documentary about talent manager Shep Gordon
The last time we heard from Mike Myers, the comedian was spending his days painting images of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Sanders.
That’s not a joke.
Though in recent years the actor has lent his voice to the green ogre at the center of the “Shrek” franchise — most recently in 2010 — his career in Hollywood has otherwise stalled. Last year, he did a Funny or Die skit with Kevin Kline. It’s also been rumored for years that he would make a fourth “Austin Powers” film, but the project has yet to come to fruition.
So what has the 50-year-old been up to, exactly? Apparently preparing for his directorial debut. On Monday, A&E IndieFilms said it had partnered with Myers on “Supermensch,” a documentary about talent manager Shep Gordon.
Gordon, who met Myers in 1991 on the set of “Wayne’s World,” helped shape the careers of musicians such as Alice Cooper, Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass. His larger-than-life personality has been well-documented over the years: He traveled on the Concorde, dated Sharon Stone and drove a white Bentley, according to a 2011 profile in Oprah magazine. He later became the guardian of the four children of a Wilhelmina model whom he briefly dated.
The film will focus on Gordon’s life in the “uber fast lane,” according to a press release, and will feature the manager’s clients and friends, including Cooper, Michael Douglas and Sylvester Stallone. A picture sent by A&E to promote the film showed Gordon, his body covered in hair, sporting only his tighty whities and sunglasses.
When Myers met Gordon, he found him to be “a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr Magoo,” the actor-turned-director said in a statement. “I’ve been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally said yes. I loved him like a brother before we started making this film and now having sifted through his life and his legacy, I love him even more.”
A release date for the documentary has not yet been set.
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