Dr Evil comes out of hiding to comment on Sony Pictures' decision to cancel 'The Interview'
Mike Myers revived his infamous Austin Powers villain Dr Evil for a sketch on US comedy variety show Saturday Night Live over the weekend.
The sketch began with Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killan sending up Sam Smith’s sombre singing style. Myers’ Dr Evil then interrupted the performance to share his thoughts on Sony Pictures’ recent decision to cancel the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview in the wake of an apparent safety threat rumoured to be linked to North Korea.
“North Korea, you’re one of the most evil countries in the world, and your act of war is to kill a movie,” Dr Evil said during the sketch. “It’s easy to kill a movie – just move it to January.”
Myers devised Dr Evil, a parody of Bond villains including the notorious Blofeld, for his cult 1997 comedy hit Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The character returned for both of Myers’ hit sequels, 1999’s Austin Powers: Goldmember.
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures has recently hinted that Rogen and Franco’s The Interview could get a release after all on YouTube.