Mini-me loves big time

Tiny star Verne is head­ing back Down Un­der, writes

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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.

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