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Moving from Saturday Night Live into feature films, including the Austin Powers trilogy, Mike Myers is one of Hollywood's most bankable comedy stars.
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Austin Powers returned to the big screen two more times, with 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember. Around this time, Myers also launched another successful film franchise, 2001's animated film Shrek. He lent his voice to the title character,
an ogre with a Scottish accent. Myers told Entertainment Weekly about his first reaction to the project: "I thought it was the worst title ever in the world. It sounded like the sound I make after drinking 12 Molson Canadian beers. But I liked the idea of taking the classical fairy tale and turning it on its head, where the traditional villains are heroes." Cameron Diaz voiced Shrek's love interest, Princess Fiona, in the film; the voice of Shrek's sidekick, Donkey, belongs to Eddie Murphy.
In 2003, Myers took on more family friendly fare with the film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat. He played the magical trouble-making feline in this film, which also featured Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston and Dakota Fanning. Myers then returned to the wildly successful Shrek series, with Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010).
Myers switched things up in 2008, returning to live action with The Love Guru (2008), which he co-wrote. The spiritual comedy starred Myers as an aspiring self-help idol named Guru Pitka, but the film proved to be a commercial and critical disappointment. The following year, he appeared as a British general in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009).
As for Myers's next move, there has been much speculation. Reports have circulated about a possible fourth installment in the Austin Powers franchise, as well as a stage musical prequel based on the scraggly toothed spy.
Myers married his first wife, Robin Ruzan, in 1993, and the couple divorced in 2006. In 2010, Myers married Kelly Tisdale. The couple welcomed a son, Spike, in 2011.
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