Mini-me loves big time
Tiny star Verne is heading back Down Under, writes
ALTHOUGH he’s been in lots of movies and plenty of TV series, the name Verne Troyer doesn’t elicit a response from many people. But mention Mini-Me and just about everybody knows who you’re talking about.
The dwarf actor, who accompanied Mike Myers’ Dr Evil character in Austin Powers movies The Spy Who Shagged Me and Goldmember, will visit Australia to appear at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney and Perth.
Troyer says his portrayal of Mini-Me has been his favourite role, ‘‘for all the opportunities I’ve been given since then, it just changed my world’’. He’d be delighted to revisit the Austin Powers role, as he loves working with Myers.
‘‘He’s unpredictable. He likes to improv a lot so when he (does that) in a scene you’ve got to go with him,’’ Troyer says.
‘‘He makes it fun and exciting and interesting all the time.’’
Troyer has also appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the original Men in Black and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, among many other films. He worked with late Australian actor Heath Ledger in his last film, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus in 2008.
Troyer says cast and crew were devastated when Ledger died during shooting.
‘‘It was a hard film to finish but in the short time I got to know Ledger he was one of the most amazing people that I’ve ever met,’’ he says.
‘‘Genuine, kind, really into his craft, professional, just a nice person.’’
Troyer looks forward to his visit Down Under to meet Australian fans.
‘‘If it wasn’t for the fans we wouldn’t be working,’’ he says. He admires the attitude of dedicated fans. ‘‘It’s interesting – they come and they really dress up in costumes and get into the character they’re playing on that day,’’ he says.
On previous visits Troyer worked hard to enjoy the country and see some local sights.
‘‘I love old buildings, I love to look at architecture so the Opera House – definitely,’’ he says.
He was not put off by the thought that he’d be landing in the middle of the antipodean winter.
‘‘I grew up in Michigan and it snows there so I’m used to crazy cold,’’ he says with a chuckle.
Supanova visits Sydney on June 16 and 17 and Perth on June 23 and 24.