Austin Powers set “fell in love” with Beyoncé


Mike Myers looked back on his memories of working with Beyoncé on 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember and how the cast seemed inflated with the singer.

The 58-year-old comedian sat down with filmmaker David O. Russell in Hollywood on Wednesday night at a Netflix Is a Joke event to chat about the iconic satirical spy comedy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The 63-year-old director of Silver Linings Playbook noted that several of Myers’ films have produced unforgettable music, including Madonna’s Beautiful Stranger.

The conversation then switched to Beyoncé, who made her film debut as Foxxy Cleopatra in the Jay Roach flick.

The Canadian-born prankster said everyone on set “fell in love with her.” Myers also joked that costar Michael Caine had trouble pronouncing the Grammy winner’s name and left out the “é.”

“Nobody wanted to correct him,” Myers said, adding that he also introduced the “Dreamgirls” star to Led Zeppelin.

AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER, Beyonce Knowles, Mike Myers, 2002 (c) New Line Cinema.  Courtesy of the Everett Collection.
The singer made her film debut as Foxxy Cleopatra in the spy comedy.
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“‘I don’t know that Led Zeppelin,'” Myers recalled of Beyoncé’s words at the time. But just a few days later, while filming Austin Powers in Goldmember, Myers found her jamming with the band through her headphones. “‘It’s Led Zeppelin — they’re great,'” Myers recalled telling him on set.

The former Saturday Night Live actor also recently announced that he would be in for a fourth Austin Powers movie.

“I can neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence of such a project, whether it exists or not,” he jokingly revealed to listeners during an interview on SiriusXM, but would “lovely” make a follow-up film to the trilogy.

“It was an unconfirmed confirmation,” Myers said.

MTV TRL: Austin Powers in Goldmember
Beyoncé Knowles and Mike Myers arrive in the Austin Powers spy truck for MTV’s TRL July 26, 2002 to promote the film ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’ in Times Square.
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The first Austin Powers film premiered in 1997, in which Myers played two main characters – British swinging sixties super spy Powers and his nemesis Dr. evil A sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, was released in 1999, with the third hitting theaters three years later.

At the comedy event, Myers also spoke about how SNL boss Lorne Michaels wanted him to star in a remake of the 1967 Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft classic The Graduate.

“I said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’ The Graduate doesn’t need to be remade – it’s a perfect film. A little man shouldn’t stand in the shoes of a big man,” he said. Instead, he pitched the idea to Michaels for his 1992 comedy Wayne’s World.

“[Michaels] said: ‘Write it.’ He is a genius. I’m forever grateful,” Myers said. “[The success] was like being strapped to a rocket. It rocked my world.”

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