Mike Myers Shares How His Mom’s Advice On Villains Influenced The Creation Of Dr. Evil

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By Corey Atad.

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One of Mike Myers’ most famous characters was influenced by his mother.

Appearing on the ‘Today’ show ‘Sunday Sitdown’ with Willie Geist, the actor shared the advice he received from his mother, which inspired Dr Evil from the ‘Austin Powers’ series .

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“My mother gave me excellent advice,” he recalls. “She said, ‘Remember the villain is the hero of his own story.’ That was a big influence on Dr. Evil. And she said, “The world loves happy survivors. And she said, you know, Barney Rubble, Bugs Bunny, Tony Curtis, Bruce Willis in ‘Die Hard,’ happy survivors.

He added: “My mother also said, ‘The essence of a hero is plasticity. The ability to change. The essence of a villain is to be steadfast,” which I thought was great advice.

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In his new Netflix series “The Pentaverate,” Myers plays a Canadian journalist who uncovers a secret society controlling the fate of the world.

“You know when you grow up in Canada,” the actor told Geist, “and you look south, how industrious the Americans are and how powerful they are, you just feel like your life in Canada is run by a secret society.”



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