New 'Austin Powers' movies will just not be the same without 'Mini-Me', says Mike Myers
News that another film in the 'Austin Powers' franchise is in the works is seriously thrilling but the franchise did undergo a massive loss recently - the death of Vene Troyer
'Austin Powers' may be getting a fourth movie judging from the comments Mike Myers has been making about the iconic spy comedy franchise. Myers told Access Online on the red carpet for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' recently, that a new 'Austin Powers adventure' is in the works and fans could see one of his famous characters make a comeback. He said: "You're going to see Dr Evil soon, somewhere in the culture. The [fourth Austin Powers] movie... it's looking good," he said, later adding: "They take a long time to write, they always have."
"I would love to do a movie from Dr. Evil's perspective. So it would be Dr. Evil 1, Austin Powers 4, is how I would roll," he had said earlier this year speaking to ET, "Start the campaign, please. Thank you." While that news is seriously thrilling, the franchise did undergo a massive loss recently - the death of Vene Troyer.
Troyer passed away at the age of 49 in April this year. While at first, no cause of death was immediately released it was reported as a possible suicide to the coroner, who found very high alcohol levels in his body, suggesting and later confirming alcohol poisoning as the cause.
Much later, his death was ruled a suicide. Troyer played the role of Mini-Me in the second and third 'Austin Powers' movies - 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' and 'Austin Powers in Goldmember.' For the possible fourth film, he was supposed to make a comeback as well. In May 2017, Troyer had revealed that there was a possibility that he would be coming back for the fourth film and what's more, he may even speak!
The character of Mini-Me did not have dialogues in the franchise, apart from some "Eeeee!" now and then. The character was a clone of the antagonist Dr. Evil, who was sent back in time to 1969. When Evil was banished, his followers decided to make a clone of him, exactly the same as Evil except that he was one-eighth of his actual size. Evil named him Mini-Me and loved him the moment he laid eyes on him as the fans did. The actor himself was 2ft 8in tall and suffered from cartilage-hair hypoplasia.
After his death, Myers did talk about making a fourth film again in May but this time hinted that he may be thinking about doing a tribute to this iconic character. In the same month, he also teared up when talking about his co-star on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'. "Verne was a fantastic human being," Myers said, fighting back tears.
"And a great comedian. I always want to make that point that, as written, Mini-Me is almost a prop. But he brought it off the page, better than written, and we kept just giving him more and more stuff to do. But, a great physical comedian, a great dancer, just a fantastic guy."
"Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him," the statement read. "It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed," he said.
Myers and Troyer also starred in the 2008 movie 'The Love Guru'. Their comedy chemistry was loved by fans worldwide. He will definitely be missed!