Mike Myers had feared a Saturday Night Live sack ‘every week’. He is a well known Canadian actor and comedian, and most known for being in Wayne’s World, Austin Powers, and Shrek films and this what the fifty one year old felt each and every week. He wanted so bad for his time to end on the late-night TV sketch show, he was a featured performer on from 1989 to 1995, that he was in constant fear that he would e fired.
“I thought I was being fired every week. I’m not exaggerating. Lorne [Michaels, show creator] keeps saying to me, ‘Stop saying that,’ but it’s true! You just never wanted to blow it.
“I loved having an idea in the bath on a Sunday and then seeing it on national TV on the following Saturday.”
Myers has also revealed that during his time on the program, he was star struck, and it was a real treat when the host at that time, Steve Martin payed everyone’s lunch, then gave him an invite
to go out chewing gum shopping.
“I remember Steve Martin was the host and I couldn’t believe when he was talking to me.
“I was like, ‘Wow, those are the molecules that Steve Martin’s made of.’ He invited us all out for lunch, he paid for us and then said, ‘I’m going to go get some gum, you want to come with me?’
“I was like, ‘Yeah!’ People were like turning around in the street and nudging each other and I went into a variety store and he bought gum. I’ll never forget it the rest of my life.”
He also reveals he did go through some bad days, especially the day he cried because he was told that his “hero”, fellow ‘SNL’ star and comedienne Gilda Radner, had died.
He added to The Hollywood Reporter:
“She was my hero. She actually passed away on the last day of my first half-season. It was very sad.
“This reporter asked me, ‘What did you think of Gilda Radner?’ I had no idea she died – this was before CNN – and he told me. I started to cry in the lobby.”
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