I love making stuff. There`s a joy in having the first molecule of an idea, then testing it in front of audiences at secret shows that people only know about the day before. I videotape those, study them, enjoy being in the character and figuring out the movie.
Of Shrek 3, where he again provided the character`s voice: The first time you meet him, he`s a self-loathing ogre who doesn`t feel that he`s worthy of love. In the second one, he doesn`t feel worthy of marriage, and in this one he doesn`t feel he`s worthy of being the father of his country or being a father of a child. You know what I mean? It`s a smart progression.
"Peter Sellers, Dan Aykroyd, the whole original SNL cast. Lorne Michaels is a hero of mine. I did a project on him in grade eight. He`s a Canadian hero. He`s a man of impeccable taste. And Gilda Radner was a big hero of mine." - When asked `Who are some of your comedy heroes?`
Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavour - we`re more like celery as a flavour.
As a people, the English find male partial nudity and cross-dressing to be very funny. It`s definitely a color on our palette, and I follow in that tradition.
I still believe that at any time the no-talent police will come and arrest me.
"Austin Powers was born out of trying to celebrate my father`s life. My father`s favorites were mine -- Peter Sellers, Monty Python, Peter Cook, and Dudley Moore...My dad was a guy who loved to be silly; he had a highly prized sense of humor. When I would bring friends home to play table hockey in the basement, if my dad didn`t think they were funny, he wouldn`t let them in the house. `They can`t come around,` he`d say. `They`re not bloody funny!`" - Biography, June 1999
The message of the movie is to accept who you are and not to succumb to the pressure of what the media tells you is beautiful and what you should be looking like.
Austin sounds a little bit like Aston Martin, which is the type of car James Bond would drive.
I do miss Saturday Night Live, that`s for sure. There`s nothing like it. I just hosted, and I felt I`d only been away for a week.
Shooting this one was kind of like a two month party, we would literally play music between takes, and other movies that were shooting on our lot would play hookey, come over and hang out and stuff. We had a great time.
For me, everything definitely comes from music.
Europe is scooters. Europe is five young people on one bench sharing a chocolate bar. Their idea of entertainment and fun is so much different than ours, which is exactly why a movie about them would be funny.
My parents would read those books to me as well but they used to make me starving when I was a kid because they were always eating ham sandwiches with the crusts off and drinking ginger beer.
I had done Shrek as a Canadian and I`m very proud to be Canadian, but I knew I could give more to it.
Well, I like how people talk. I like language. You know, Linda Richman spoke in Yiddish.
And I love Mel Brooks. My Dad loved his movies, too, they`re awesome, the kind of thing that if you`re in for ten minutes, you`re in for two hours.
So they ended up turning this little twenty eight page book into the movie. And it`s all about this stinky, smelly ogre who doesn`t care what anybody thinks of him.
Cameron is incredibly charming. I`ve seen Charlie`s Angels four times.
And I thought, when I have kids, that`s the sort of well told, silly, and fun fairy tale that I would want to take them to. But it was an amazing experience. And I think Shrek is a real classic, a fairy tale classic.
Europe to me is young people trying to appear middle-aged and middle-aged people trying to appear young.
And I loved the whole idea behind the story, which is that you`re beautiful, so don`t let other people tell you that you`re not just because you don`t look like the people in magazines. Or because you`re not that weird ideal body image that`s out there right now.
Oh, you know, driving around, coming to a stop sign and an entire family, from 8 to 80, will be looking at me with that Dr. Evil look - pinkie on the mouth.
I think that Scottish people, like Canadians, are often misunderstood and what I like about my Scottish friends and relatives is how quickly it can go from love to anger. It`s a great dynamic.
Verne`s all about what you can do versus what you can`t do. He just kept saying yes and his part kept growing. I would love to work with him in every movie.
My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.
I have very happy memories of fairy tales. My mother used to take me to the library in Toronto to check out the fairy tales. And she was an actress, so she used to act out for me the different characters in all these fairy tales.
My dad loved to laugh. He was very funny and very silly.
I loved the logistical reality of a guy who wants to take over the world, yet who has a family too.
Dr. Evil got shortchanged in the first one. The family dynamic between Scott and Dr. Evil - the adventures of being an evil single parent - needed to be explored.
Europe is weird songs that would never make it in America.
When you`re writing these things, you`re in a room making each other laugh, you really have very little sense of political correctness or incorrectness. This is a question that Europe tends to ask and America doesn`t.
I had a blast, but I still wonder sometimes why they saw me as the perfect guy for this strange character.
My Dad was from Liverpool, and he picked it up in the army. He`d often come out with this stuff.
Comedy. It was just huge in my house. Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness, Monty Python and all those James Bond movies were highly regarded.
I think when I have kids and grandchildren I will be very proud to have them watch this movie.
People ask me to record their answering machines all the time. I love it. It`s a miracle to me that people want to hear back those characters.