Despite the fact that one is a silent murderer while the other is the complete opposite, some people confuse comedian Mike Myers with the original slasher movie killer, Michael Myers, from John Carpenter's seminal Halloween. This real-life confusion made its way to the big screen in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, and the scene was arguably one of the best bits. Watch it for yourself below.
Thanks to the gag, Austin Powers returned to popularity almost overnight. The attire worn by the robbers (Mike Myers mask included) has become so popular that retailers are quickly running out of Austin Powers masks, and they're struggling to meet the growing demand. Ironically, Mike Myers' rubberized face is outselling the Michael Myers masks on a holiday that inspired the latter's own cinematic killing spree.
In his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Edgar Wright said that even he was impressed with what his latest movie accomplished outside of cinemas, and the release of Baby Driver and its Myers joke was simply perfect because the Austin Powers movies celebrated their 20th anniversary this year.
"I'm very proud. I feel like through my career, I have given people some very easy Halloween costumes, like Shaun in "Shaun of the Dead." I even mentioned to Warner Bros. that they may ship a lot of masks at Halloween, and I think that's exactly what's happened."
Originally, two of the three robbers had the correct William Shatner mask from the Halloween movies, while only one of them had the rubber Mike Myers face. Sadly, the Baby Driver production wasn't able to get clearance to use Michael Myer's mask, forcing the director to write around the mishap which resulted in a trio of gun-wielding International Men of Mystery. Additionally, wearing Austin Powers' face actually brought out Bats' (Jamie Foxx) comedic mojo in the silliest ways.
"I didn't think about that, but I probably should have. The other funny thing about it that was once Jamie [Foxx] was in the mask, he started providing extra dialogue, so there are a lot of extra Austin Powers-isms. It was funny to have Jamie Foxx, Oscar-winning actor, wearing a rubber Mike Myers mask."
The scene, however, would never have happened if not for Myers himself. The voice of Shrek was such a good sport about the whole thing that he gave the permission to use a rubber recreation of his face in Wright's highest grossing movie to date. As for the confusion of his name with a murderous cinematic psychopath, Myers sees no problem since he couldn't be prouder of his groovy achievements with Austin Powers.
"I'm equally proud of my work as the killer in Halloween as I am for my work in Austin Powers."
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