This is my entry in the Bizarro Blog-A-Thon.
Although I was absolutely floored by the utter brilliance of Mike Myers' latest masterpiece, The Love Guru, I was left with a searing question: when will this reserved actor start taking broader roles? Pity Mike Myers; inside him burns the passion of a thousand suns, yet he is unable to set free his inner wild child. It is as though this shrinking violet is afraid that any outward emotions would cause his delicate petals to wilt. Not that his reserved style doesn't have its merits. Playing close to the chest, he exhibits the cool reserve of a man so assured of his talents that the adulation of fans would be an unwelcome ostentation. For him, it is art for art's sake -- the public be damned. This is quite evident in his refusal to trot out the old and familiar, and rather experiment wildly with the conventions of both comedy and film. Constantly re-inventing himself, he has more than earned his reputation as the cinematic equivalent of David Bowie.
Indeed, despite his standoffish demeanor, Myers exhibits a wide range of talents. He has, somehow, always managed to stay fresh. This is due in equal parts not only to his aforementioned experimentation but also to his sly unassuming style. One never knows what Myers will bring to the table, but his presence is always welcome. He is an actor about whom people have been known to gush,"I hope a roving band of syphilitic hobos doesn't run a train on him," "I hope he makes the same movie forever," and "he sure doesn't seem like a man struggling with crippling feelings of depression and inadequacy who must constantly strive for the approval of mindless fans in order to justify his hollow existence." But still, one wonders the heights to which Myers' talent would rise were he to let free his emotions. Here's to hoping that Myers will one day take off the mask and let us all see how wacky he can get.