Q&A with Mike Myers
"It's about enlightenment through lightening up, which is what my father used to say," says Myers, whose father passed away in 1991. "It was hard to come to terms with his death, but I began reading spiritual and philosophical books and
Myers thinks about his father every time he watches the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team his dad fell in love with when he moved to Toronto from Liverpool in 1956. While the Leafs haven't won the Stanley Cup in 41 years, Myers was able to finally see them win it in his movie.
"I bleed blue," he said. "So if I don't see them win in my lifetime, I could at least write it in that
I recently sat down with Myers to discuss the curse hanging over the Leafs, the CBC discarding the
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My belief about the Toronto Maple Leafs is that there is such a rich tradition of hockey in Toronto that eventually we will adopt the philosophy that NASA has. There are no failures, just early attempts at success. Once that culture of success enters into the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, I feel that we would have a dynasty. The fans would be so happy that nobody would want to stop that train. You will not get a more appreciative group of people than Toronto Maple Leafs fans. I personally will lose my mind.
It will be slightly bittersweet because my dad won't be there to see it, but I'll go with my brothers, honor my dad and drink from the Cup in my dad's name (if they let me, which I think they will). It's another miracle and blessing in my life. I won't touch the Stanley Cup until that day. I have had opportunities to touch it, but I will not. I barely look at it. It's not time yet. I'm going to wait. I'm going to wait my turn.
Me and my best friend, who I've known for 33 years -- whenever it's the final countdown and we've been knocked out of the playoffs, the phone rings and we talk about the season. What happened, what are we going to do, I'm so depressed, so depressed. It's not right that we get that depressed. I recognize it, but you do.
I remember in 1993, when the Leafs were playing the Kings and lost to them in the Campbell Conference Final, I didn't get any work done. I just ate, drank, slept, breathed in this series. Even when I went to Paris during the series, I was hooked into CNN International the whole time. There are so many moments like that.
Then there was
You know, I have a shelf in my home that has different -- I call them miracles -- different miracles that have happened to me. One is the last letter that
Canada is an odd place. If America's flavor was a juicy hamburger and Mexico's was salsa or cilantro -- you know, strong flavors -- Canada's is celery. It's a very subtle flavor. It happens to be my favorite flavor. I'll put celery salt on anything. Canada is a country without cuisine, but it has ingredients. We don't have a dish, but we have Nova Scotia salmon, British Columbia apples, Saskatchewan wheat, Prince Edward Island potatoes. We each have our regional ingredient. Things like the
Another thing is that a Canadian can spot another Canadian from a mile away. I've never met a Canadian I wasn't happy to meet anywhere. I was in Normandy and I saw a Canadian Corvette and I went over and started talking to them. They're like, "You're Mike Myers." I had forgotten about that. I just saw their Canadian 'Vette. You feel compelled. It's an odd, subtle thing you can't explain to a non-Canadian.
My father was born in Liverpool, England and came to Canada in 1956. He was a staunch soccer fan, staunch Liverpool fan, and he said that within three days he just heard hockey on the radio and fell in love with it. Then when he saw it on TV, he lost his mind. He became the biggest hockey fan in the world.
Honestly, I've never met anybody who I've taken to a hockey game who hasn't said, "This is a great sport. I can't wait to come back." They always want to come back. I'm not a great player but I'm enthusiastic. I started too late, my brother didn't play and my parents were immigrants, so I didn't get raised with it, but I loved playing.
I grew up in Scarborough, where if you're not great by 12, people look at you like, "Why are you still playing?" If I were Prime Minster for a day, my platform would be: What's wrong with House League? It's a gift that has continued to give back to me in terms of fitness.
The spirit of the bench is something unique. They might have the spirit of the dugout in baseball, but because the action is fast-flowing [in hockey], I dare say it's more intense in baseball. That brotherhood you get is something that Romany and Justin loved.
To me, hockey is Canada and Canada is hockey. I don't really know how to separate the two. It's part of my identity and anybody I meet within five minutes knows two things about me: one, I'm Canadian, and two, I love hockey.
The NHL was unbelievably cooperative, positive, supportive, problem-solving. They were great partners and I can't thank them enough. The Toronto Maple Leafs organization embraced this movie, embraced me and did me proud. I felt proud to say to my American friends, this is my country, this is my city and this is my team.
Skating at Air Canada Centre and seeing the seats, it's one of those surreal things. You remember the doctor in
I was skating and playing with these guys. I couldn't play for long because I was in costume with the beard and stuff, but it was unbelievable. You take a slap shot and it goes off the crossbar and into the net and I kept thinking, so this is what it feels like to play here, this is what it sounds like. It was so exciting.
One of my greatest moments was being at a hockey game after
So all the players and the 16,404 people at Maple Leaf Gardens all turned toward me, and they all were like, "Hey, Mike. Hey, Meyers." I'm like, how did I get here? This is crazy. That was a magical moment.
You know, technically, the fighting is bad. [Laughs] It is part of the rules. I'm of many minds about fighting, but you have to put everything on the ice to go at it and these dudes are big, so when you get clocked, you're done. I don't think I want to do that.