Date: 11th September 2000

Mike Myers In New Hassle

Only weeks after settling a dispute with Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment over his decision to halt work on a movie based on his Saturday Night Live Dieter character, Mike Myers is involved in a new dispute involving the character with Dana Anderson, who toured with Myers in the 1980s.

In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Anderson said that he developed the character and even came up with the catchphrase "touch my monkey" at the time, but that Myers has never acknowledged borrowing the material from him.

Likewise Dana Carvey, who costarred with Myers in Wayne's World, told Vanity Fair that he created the Dr. Evil character that Myers used in his Austin Powers movies while working with Myers on Saturday Night Live. He said that the character was actually based on SNL producer Lorne Michaels.

In a written statement to the magazine, Myers denied the accusations by his former colleagues.

Source: Studio Briefing