It's hard to believe Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery came out all the way back in 1997. They completely nailed their satirical take on a mix between James Bond 007 films, spy movies in general, and plentiful other stereotypical movie genres and tropes they were clearly mimicking as well. In my opinion, it was some of Mike Myers' best work, trailed closely by the Shrek films.
18 years! That's how long it's been. That really makes me feel old, but at least we can look back at the cast and see how they've progressed since then. To be honest, I think pretty much all of them are still "shagadelic" as I bet Powers would so charmingly say.
So without further ado, take a look and see what the cast is up to now!
Mike Myers as Austin Powers and Dr. Evil
Mike Myers was both Austin Powers AND Dr. Evil in this film, and to choose which role he was better as would be like picking your favorite child if you had two. Just something you can't do. He's since been involved with many projects, including the Shrek films, but otherwise he's kept a pretty low profile in Hollywood. The rumored Austin Powers 4 project would put him back on the map, though. I hope they get it done!
Elizabeth Hurley as Vanessa Kensington
The British actress was perfect as Vanessa Kensington; every Bond/spy movie has to have the beautiful counterpart to Myers' Austin Powers character. Her character Vanessa and her mother both have a spot in Powers' heart... which really isn't saying much, because Austin is pretty much DTS (down to shag) anybody. She's now currently starring in The Royals as Queen Helena and had roles in Viktor and a recurring role on Gossip Girl.
Michael York as Basil Exposition
Michael York is about to star in Quantum Investigations: The Quantum Heist, an adventure film that seems pretty apt for him. He also most recently was in Break and did the narrative voice for Sleeping Beauty in 2014.
Mimi Rogers as Mrs. Kensington
Vanessa's mom and Austin's former partner, Mimi Rogers rocked it as Mrs. Kensington in 1997 and is still killing it today! She had a role on Two and a Half Men as Robin Schmidt, has had numerous other TV appearances, and movie-wise, most recently she appeared in The Wedding Ringer, This Isn't Funny, Weepah Way For Now, and Captive.
Robert Wagner as Number Two
Of course, Number Two is based on the character was modeled on the James Bond villain Emilio Largo who was number 2 of SPECTRE in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball. Wagner now plays Anthony DiNozzo Sr. on NCIS. So, obviously he has money. He'll also appear in Thirty Nine, coming soon.
Seth Green as Scott Evil
Seth Green is hilarious in this film. He plays the son of Dr. Evil, who can't seem to earn the love he so desperately needs from his pops. It's really tough for Scott, and it gets even tougher when Verne Troyer's character, Mini-Me is introduced in the second film. Green has mostly been known for his voice work, which has been prolific.
Just gonna run through this list here... Phineas and Ferb, Guardians of the Galaxy (Howard the Duck), Robot Chicken, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Family Guy. Oh, he also played a live action role in Dads, which didn't stay on the air all that long.
Will Ferrell as Mustafa
This was Will Ferrell in what you could probably describe as the beginning of his prime. Mustafa is one of many hilarious and memorable Will Ferrell characters, and helped launch him into the comedy elite. The Funny or Die boss has too many amazing credits to his name to even mention, really. All I know is I need Zoolander 2 ASAP.
Paul Dillon as Patty O'Brien
The "they're always after me lucky charms" line will forever go down in history as one of the best from this movie. Next up for Dillon is End of Fall and Laps.
Fabiana Udenio as Alotta Fagina
Alotta Fagina is an obvious play on some of the ridiculous names like Pussy Galore and others in Bond films. As for Udenio, she's been doing some TV work. Most notably, she was on 90210 for multiple seasons as Atoosa Shirazi.
Charles Napier as Commander Gilmour
The very serious U.S. Strategic Commander who briefs Austin Powers on the Dr. Evil situation was a solid addition to the cast. He was there during the unfreezing of Austin, followed by his subsequent long-as-hell pee break. The most recent film with Napier is The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.
Mindy Sterling as Frau Farbissina
Mindy Sterling's character Frau Farbissina is also a key part of the lucky charms joke mentioned above. When she explains the "television commercial" and how Patty O'Brien reminds her of it, I die every time. Sterling has appeared in a lot of TV series' including The Legend of Korra, Legit, Black-ish, and more. The last two films she's been in are The Dog Who Saved Summer and Cook-Off!
I hope you enjoyed that blast from the past. I'm so happy that this movie was made, and I hope to see all of these amazing cast members shine in future films. And maybe, just maybe... the rumored 4th Austin Powers film will actually happen! A young man can dream.