Magazine article Variety

Mike Myers 'The Chernobyl of Fame'

Magazine article Variety

Mike Myers 'The Chernobyl of Fame'

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Mike Myers doesn't cite uber-manager Shep Gordon's epic laugh as his primary reason for making his buoyant new documentary portrait "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon." but it's easy to assume it was a factor.

After all. what comic wouldn't revel in Gordon's distinctive chortle-meets-whinny-with-adash-of-old-fashioned-guffaw?

But Myers was after much bigger game here, and claims he spent "20 years begging Shep" to participate in a documentary which Myers says he always envisioned as "an entertaining cautionary tale" of a man who's clearly a close friend of Myers as well as an important personal model. "He's a first-class BuJew," says Myers, helpfully explaining that's his term for "Buddhist Jew." because Gordon "combines the wisdom of Judaism and non-attachment of Buddhism. He's in the jungle with a machete and he's flying over the jungle in a helicopter at the same time."

After debuting at the Toronto Inti. Film Festival in 2013 and playing to appreciative festival audiences around the world, the film was released theatrically this year by Radius and has found a modest fanbase among business students, music industry aficionados, spiritual seekers and others who have noticed that this isn't your father's entertainment business biography.

Since rocketing to fame on "Saturday Night Live" 25 years ago, Myers' comedic skills ignited hit films such as "Wayne's World" and the "Austin Powers" franchise and his voice work propelled the "Shrek" films into global box office triumphs. Along the way he acquired an on-set rep that supporters might term "intense" and detractors deemed "difficult," while also grappling with real-life issues such as the break-up of his first marriage and the loss of his father, just as his film career was beginning to skyrocket.

"My father died in 1991 and 'Wayne's World' came out in 1992," recalls Myers. "My dream was that someday my father might look at me the way he looked at Peter Sellers. But he got Alzheimer's and went into a vegetative state and he never got to see the film. I took his passq ing very hard. I didn't know anybody who died and certainly nobody I adored and worshipped like my dad."

A burgeoning friendship with Gordon that had begun during the making of "Wayne's World" with Gordon's first and perhaps best-known client. Alice Cooper, led to a key moment in Myers' life. "I thought I was over (the loss of his father) and I wasn't, and a second wave of sadness hit me. …

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