CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – In Monday night’s episode of Showtime's “Inside Comedy,” Mike Meyers and Ben Stiller gave host David Steinberg insight on the movies that made them Hollywood stars.
Stiller, who owns a home in Chappaqua, looked back on the origins of “Zoolander,” which ended up being one of the biggest movies of his career despite not having a lot of hype at the time.
“I don’t think the studio really got what we were doing at the time,” Stiller told Steinberg. “They were like, ‘OK,’ but it didn’t really get a big sort of buildup.”
Stiller also comments on his "Zoolander" character’s iconic “Blue Steel” pose, noting it spawned from a look he gave while getting ready in the morning and brushing his hair.
“My wife would ask, ‘Why do you always do that mirror look?’” he said.
Meanwhile, Myers, a former Pound Ridge resident, reflected on his experiences from the well-known “Austin Powers” trilogy.
“I didn’t research anything for 'Austin Powers.' It was all fuzzy memory,” Myers told Steinberg. “So, fuzzy memory for me in the 60s was that Sweden was sexy; having a stewardess was sexy. I don’t know what the statistics of sensuality and national origin are.”
He then explains writing the first "Austin Powers" movie was a tribute to his father, who had just passed away.
"My father died in 1991. I went into a funk — there's no two ways about it," said Myers.
"All of a sudden, life is moving a million miles an hour. The only person that I ever wanted to see any of it had just died. And I wrote two movies: One about the Battle of Britain, which, my mom was in, the Battle of Britain, and one about everything that my father loved, and it just came out in two weeks—that was 'Austin Powers.'"
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