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Career high point: "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
Career low point: "The Love Guru"
How to fix it: Control, control, control. It's the buzz word of the day, and in the case of Myers, it's a huge part of the problem. He's a meticulous performer, someone who closely manages every part of the movies he stars in. He's picked up a reputation as being a difficult man to work with, and that wouldn't matter at all if "The Love Guru" had been a hit. But once you tank something that hard, it becomes more problematic to demand complete control on the next thing. Myers needs to experiment with some new collaborators and see what happens, and he needs to be willing to work outside his own comfort zone when he does so. He should look at the career that Alec Guinness built or the way Peter Sellers worked in films he didn't control. Not everything will connect, but he needs some outside voices in the mix. And in the meantime, I hope Sacha Baron Cohen is taking notes on Myers and doing some pre-emptive work to avoid vanishing down the same rabbit hole.
- Drew McWeeny