Mike Myers: Former bodyguard claims he was fired for 'making eye contact' on The Love Guru
The incident occurred on the set of The Love Guru
A former bodyguard has claimed that he was fired by Mike Myers for making 'eye contact' with him during the making of 2008's The Love Guru.
The allegation was made by Canadian radio presenter Jay Brody in response to a tweet celebrating Keanu Reeves helping out the crew on the set of John Wick 4,
Brody tweeted: "People saying that “he shouldn’t be praised for helping” have no idea what it’s like working in film. Mike Myers had me fired off the set of “The Love Guru” because I made eye contact with him, and I was there as his body guard… Give Keanu his roses"
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Speaking to Yahoo, a representative for Mike Myers denied that the actor had any bodyguards while working on The Love Guru, and has no knowledge of this incident.
Later, while hosting his show Carly and Jay on Sonic Radio, Brody said was offered the job while working as a guard for an agency.
"Sounds easy enough," Brody said of the offer to work with the Austin Powers star, "I've done this before. They're like 'here's the catch: you can't look at him'," saying he was warned that if he looked at Myers, he would be fired.
"I'm sitting on the set, first day, first hour, we don't know what he looks like, I don't know what he looks like yet, and I see a man approaching in a long wig with a fake beard, and I'm like 'I think that's Mike Myers'.
"And I looked down to not look at him, because I don't want to get fired. But I realise I can let just anyone in to the trailer, so I look up, I catch his eye for a second, I give him a nod to let him know I'm cool, and I look away, and within an hour I get a phone call letting me know that I'm fired, and I have to get off set because I broke this weird rule."
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There have been complaints about Myers' on-set behaviour in the past including one by Amy Hill who worked with the comedian on The Cat in the Hat.
Hill said working with Myers was "a horrible, nightmarish experience" telling the AV Club: "He had his handlers dress his trailer, and his area was all covered with tenting because he didn’t want anybody seeing him."
"I don’t think he got to know anybody. He’d just be with his people and walk away. People would come and then he’d stand there. There was a guy who held his chocolates in a little Tupperware.
"Whenever he needed chocolate, he’d come running over and give him a chocolate. That’s what divas are like, I guess. Or people who need therapy."
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Myers was also allegedly difficult to work with on Wayne's World with director Penelope Spheeris saying the Austin Powers star was "emotionally needy and got more difficult as the shoot went along".
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