Mike Myers recently appeared on Good Morning America, and the first question that Robin Roberts asked the Canadian funnyman is whether fans would be “blessed” with a fourth Austin Powers film.
“I can neither confirm nor deny a movie, the existence or non-existence of a movie, should a movie like that exist or not exist,” Myers joked.
He then got fans’ hopes up by adding, “It’s looking good. So, we’ll see what happens.”
Myers appeared as Austin Powers, the villain Dr. Evil, and other characters in 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember.
He then starred in the Shrek films and a handful of other movies before starring in the flop The Love Guru. He stepped back from filmmaking for several years.
In recent years, Myers has chosen jobs that have kept him close to his family—the actor and his wife have three children under the age of six. He worked on the documentary Supermatch and has done some small parts here and there. Currently, he’s hosting The Gong Show reboot.
While his children are aware of his career, they don’t always understand the jokes that are connected to his characters. For example, the iconic catchphrase that fans most commonly ask him to say is, “Yeah, baby!”, which has caused some confusion.
“When you have three kids and you’re on the street [they ask], ‘Daddy, why are they saying ‘Yeah, baby!’ to you?’ Paulina, my youngest, is like, ‘But I’m the baby,’” Myers explained.
Telling his children that he is a well-known actor has been rewarding. His son, Spike, recently told his father during a vacation that he was his number-one fan.
Myers joined The Gong Show because he loved the original show when he was a kid. When he was initially asked to host the program, he thought his brother, Paul, was pulling a prank on him.
“For years, I’d been telling people my favorite show is The Gong Show. They called me and I literally thought I was being punked by my brother Paul,” he said. “Then when I found out it was for real. I thought, well what if I played it like this English guy, Tommy Maitland?”
Myers eventually revealed his true identity to viewers after reports kept surfacing that he was the real host. He finds the show amusing because even though the $2,000.18 prize isn’t very big, people still enjoy acting out their crazy talents.
“None of these people are interested in [their act] as a career but they are interested in what I was interested in as a kid, which is making people laugh in kitchens at parties,” Myers said.