MIKE MYERS, who has created classic characters as a comedic
actor, makes his dramatic debut as Steve Rubell in "54".
"Steve Rubell is sort of the wizard of Oz of this amazing
hedonistic pleasure dome, and the catalyst for Shane's transformation
from innocence to experience," said Myers.
A native of Toronto, Myers was a high school punk rocker in 1979,
worlds away from the Studio scene. He researched his role extensively
and worked with a speech pathologist to supplant his Canadian
accent with Rubell's nasal New York whine. He also spent hours
each day with a prosthetics hair and make-up team to approximate
Rubell's appearance. But the biggest stretch was rendering his
character's drug-induced behavior. "I never really did a
lot of drugs," said Myers. "All the drugs Steve did
were about relaxation and excitement, kind of the feeling you
get when you're having fun at a party. It was quite enjoyable
getting into those states, knowing I'd have no hangover."
Previously, Myers starred in the hit comedy "Austin Powers:
International Man of Mystery", which he also wrote and produced.
He first gained notoriety on "Saturday Night Live",
where he won an Emmy Award for writing and was Emmy-nominated
for "Best Performance in a Comedy or Variety Show".
Myers' many memorable SNL creations include the effusive Linda
Richman, host of "Coffee Talk", and, of course, partyman
Wayne Campbell. Myers and Wayne were a huge hit on the big screen
in "Wayne's World" and "Wayne's World 2".
Myers also starred in the romantic comedy "So I Married an
Axe Murderer". His next film projects are the romantic comedy
"Just Like Me", and the dark drama "Meteor".
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