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10 Shagadelic Facts About the Austin Powers Movies

Get groovy with the Austin Powers movies this month on IFC.

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With the Austin Powers movies airing on IFC this month, we thought we’d look back at the trilogy that launched a thousand “Yeah, baby!” impressions, and offer a few fun facts you may not know about the grooviest spy this side of Liverpool. Trust us — these tasty tidbits are sure to make you horny, baby.

10. Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love” Inspired Austin Powers.

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Writer/star Mike Myers was driving with his wife when this randy anthem came on the radio. Wondering whatever happened to all the ’60s swingers, Myers started cracking jokes, asking his wife “Do I make you horny?” Annoyed, she told him to stop doing the voice, and just write the character down. He then knocked out the script for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery in three weeks.


9. Jim Carrey Almost Played Dr. Evil.

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Initially, Myers had no plans to play multiple characters in the Austin Powers movies. He actually approached Jim Carrey about playing Powers’ arch nemesis, Dr. Evil. Carrey was interested, but already committed to making Liar, Liar. While his take on the million dollars-obsessed master criminal would have been interesting, Myers ended up creating a classic character based on…


8. Lorne Michaels Inspired Dr. Evil.

While he resembles Bond villains Blofeld and Julius No in appearance, Myers based Dr. Evil’s unique vocal mannerisms and turns of phrases on his SNL boss. (Michaels is said to have uttered the line “Throw me a frickin’ bone here, people!” many times in script meetings.) Dana Carvey has noted that Dr. Evil is similar to the impression he did of Lorne during his and Myers’ SNL days, something which reportedly caused tension between the Wayne’s World duo.


7. Colin Quinn Almost Played Scott Evil.

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The stand-up and former SNL Weekend Update host actually turned down the role of Dr. Evil’s bratty offspring, Scott. Quinn admits that he regrets the choice, and explains that he was actually more age appropriate for the character than Seth Green, who should have been much older if the chronology of the movies made a lick of sense.


6. The first film had a groovy MTV special.

Lost to the mists of time is this bizarre MTV launch party for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Done in the style of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, with guest spots from such ’90s standouts as Bill Bellamy and Kurt Loder, this odd special is both an artifact of its time and a psychedelic recreation of Austin Powers’ swinging London.


5. Mike Myers Had an Odd Nickname On Set.

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Either due to big egos, or just a need to clarify who should sit where, chairs on movie sets often have the director or star’s name on them. Not Myers’ though. A 1999 Rolling Stone article revealed that his chair on the set of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me simply said, “Sir Stinky Bottom, Viscount of Stinkvania in the Bottom-ic Empire.”


4. Myers own father inspired Nigel Powers.

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Myers father, an Englishman, always held a ridiculous grudge against Hawaiians for murdering Captain Cook in his sleep. Finding this odd bit of hatred hysterical, Myers decided to use it when developing Austin Powers’ own father, swapping in a hatred of the Dutch, because who in their right mind hates the Dutch?


3. Test Audiences Demanded More Raunchy Jokes, Baby.

Films usually do reshoots because something isn’t working. Thankfully, the exact opposite happened here. The “Penis Rocket” scene from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me was such a hit with test audiences, the filmmakers decided to fluff it up, adding more juvenile jokes to really, ahem, milk it for all it was worth.


2. The “Goldmember” title almost didn’t happen.

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MGM, the studio behind James Bond, almost put the kibosh on the Goldfinger spoof in the title of Austin Powers in Goldmember. New Line Cinema had to agree to run trailers for the Bond film Die Another Day with Goldmember in order to get away with the gag.


1. A famous Michael Caine character inspired Austin’s glasses.

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Myers drew inspiration from Michael Caine’s character in the 1965 spy thriller The Ipcress File for Austin’s now iconic glasses. Caine returned the nod by wearing the original glasses when he played Nigel Powers in Austin Powers in Goldmember.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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