An Oral History of Austin Powers

It's been twenty years since Mike Myers introduced us to Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery. The movie was a sendup of James Bond films, with the added flavor of other 1960s pop culture icons like Peter Sellers and the Beatles, and every other '60s trope they could throw in. Myers, director Jay Roach, Elizabeth Hurley, and almost all the cast got together to tell us how the movie came about.

Roach That nudity-blocking scene with Mike and Elizabeth — I shot 25 takes of that. We kept thinking it had to play out continuously, so I just kept shooting until there was a take that every single thing lined up perfectly. It was a hilarious scene, but it was actually really stressful because we were starting to feel like we may never get it.

Myers It took a lot of rehearsal. All I had to do was follow a pattern on a rug. It was Elizabeth who was going off of a reverse-polarity screen camera, left to camera right.

Hurley Bizarrely, we shot it in the Scientology Celebrity Centre in L.A. It took a whole day, as it was one continuous take. Mike and I were nude but covered with little bits of red sticky tape. We all knew each other so well by then, so we weren't self-conscious.

Read all about Austin Powers from the people who were there, at the Hollywood Reporter.  -via the A.V. Club


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