In 1992, Myers and Dana Carvey adapted Wayne’s World into a full-length motion picture based on the SNL sketch. It was among the most successful movies of the year and the following year a sequel was released – Wayne’s World 2. That year Myers also starred in So I Married an Axe Murderer which garnered a cult following. The characters in the movie were based on people Myers knew growing up in the Bridlewood section of Scarborough. After Wayne’s World 2, Myers took a hiatus from television.
Myers returned to acting in 1997 with the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, then a sequel in 1999, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, finally topping it off with Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002. Myers played both the title role (Austin Powers) and the villain (Dr. Evil), as well as other characters, in all three Austin Powers films. In 1998, he played one of his rare non-comedic roles in the film 54: Steve Rubell, proprietor of New York City’s famous Studio 54, a 1970s discotheque. The film was moderately successful, and Myers’s performance was widely praised. Myers later parodied the club as “Studio 69” in Goldmember.
In June 2000, Myers was sued by Universal Pictures for $3.8 million for backing out of a contract to play Dieter, the SNL character, in a feature film. Myers said he refused to honor the $20 million contract because he did not want to cheat moviegoers with an unacceptable script – one that he himself had written. Myers countersued, and a settlement was reached after several months where Myers agreed to make another film with Universal. That film would be The Cat in the Hat, released in November 2003 and starring Myers as the title character. In 2001, Myers played the title character in the DreamWorks animated film Shrek (2001). He reprised this role in Shrek 4-D (a theme park ride) in 2003, Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third, and the Christmas special Shrek The Halls, both in 2007. In 2009 he did another non-comedic role, as British General Ed Fenech, in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. In 2010 Myers returned for what is apparently the last in the Shrek series, Shrek Forever After. Myers made a cameo appearance in Britney Spears’ music video ‘Boys’ as his film character Austin Powers. Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea along with The Bangles’ guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs and musician Matthew Sweet. They performed the songs “BBC” and “Daddy Wasn’t There” for the Austin Powers movies.
In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian’s Comedian, he was voted among the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. During a CBS interview in 2007, Myers noted that he normally takes three years between films. He spends one year “living his life” and then writes various screenplays, develops characters, practices them in front of live audiences, and then selects one of the screenplays to film. Myers noted that this was the Marx Brothers’ procedure for developing their film material.
Myers received the MTV Generation award in June 2007, making him the second Canadian to win the award (Jim Carrey was the first in 2006), for bringing his unique style of comedy to small and big screens alike.
His upcoming directorial debut, Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon, has been selected to be screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival