AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME
FROM THE DECLASSIFIED FILES: OTHER RELEVANT AGENTS, ASSASSINS AND ANNOYING CHILDREN
FROM THE SHAGGING FILES: FELICITY SHAGWELL
AND OTHER BEAUTIFUL BIRDS
"On the swinger scale from one to ten she's about a 25,"
says Mike Myers. "This time Austin Powers might have met
Giving off incendiary sparks as the '60s super-chick is Heather
Graham, who earned critical acclaim for her recent roles as Rollergirl
in Boogie Nights, and her co-starring role in Two Girls
and a Guy. She was brought into the film by producer John
Lyons, who worked with her on Boogie Nights.
Heather was encouraged by Myers and Roach to go on her own reconnaissance
mission, deep into the history of '60s sexual icons: from Barbarella
to Ursula Andress' tantalizing character in Dr. No. "They
recommended a bunch of Sixties movies for me to watch," she
recalls, "like Dr. No, The Seventh Victim and this
Italian spy movie Danger Diabolique. But basically I'm
just a swinging chick that is in love with Austin Powers because
he's the hottest man to walk the planet and I aspire to be a female
version of him."
Summarizes Jay Roach: "There is something about Heather that
is very sixties and very, very sexy."
FROM THE DECLASSIFIED FILES: OTHER RELEVANT AGENTS, ASSASSINS
AND ANNOYING CHILDREN
Returning on the side of right in The Spy Who Shagged Me
is veteran British actor Michael York as Basil Exposition, the
head of British Intelligence. "I think Basil has a soft spot
for Austin even though he's outrageous and insubordinate at times,"
says York, "and I feel rather the same way about him. In
a way they've grown up together; they were there in the Sixties.
So there is a 'bond,' to use a loaded word. And I must say that's
not hard to play because I find Mike Myers enormously affectionate
in this creation. I mean Austin may be lewd and outrageous at
times, but he's terribly endearing."
Returning on the side of wrong are such characters as Scott Evil,
Dr. Evil's pubescent son, played by Seth Green as a model of Generation
X angst. "Scott's a very, very confused individual as if
you can't tell from his clothing," says Green. "I play
him as a kid who is equally torn between hating his father and
having a need for a relationship with him. Everything he does
is a cry for attention. Plus he's also the voice of reason. He's
the guy who says the things nobody usually says to movie fiends,
like 'hey, why don't you just shoot him instead of slowly dipping
him in a pool of ravenous laser-outfitted sharks?' Nobody else
is very understated in this film, so it's fun to play the straight
In addition to his relationship with his father, Scott Evil has
to contend with the new Mini-Me, who seems to have usurped his
role as the rotten apple of his father's eye.
"Verne, Mike and Seth came up with a lot of very funny things
for the Dr. Evil/Mini-Me/Scott relationship," remarks John
Lyons. "There was just a suggestion that there was going
to be a sibling rivalry between Scott and Mini-Me, but Verne and
Mike and Seth just took off with it. And I think it's some of
the funniest stuff in the film."
Mindy Sterling, a noted improv actress and performer, also brings
new layers of complexity to her portrayal of Dr. Evil's henchwoman
and possible heartbreaker, Frau Farbissina. "Frau is Dr.
Evil's loyal, sexually ambiguous sidekick," explains Sterling.
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