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Mike Myers Partners with A&E Indie Films for Directorial Debut 'Supermensch,' Doc on Longtime Talent Manager Shep Gordon

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 22, 2013 at 12:40PM

A&E Indie Films has partnered with actor and comedian Mike Myers on his directorial debut, documentary "Supermensch," centered on the life of groundbreaking talent manager Shep Gordon.
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Mike Myers
Mike Myers

A&E Indie Films has partnered with actor and comedian Mike Myers on his directorial debut, documentary "Supermensch," centered on the life of groundbreaking talent manager Shep Gordon. 

Shep Gordon of 'Super Mensch'
Shep Gordon of 'Super Mensch'

Myers stated on his choice of subject: "I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of 'Wayne's World.' I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr Magoo. I've been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally he said yes."

Here's a more in-depth synopsis of the documentary, and some background on Gordon:

Capitalist, protector, hedonist, pioneer, showman, shaman . . . SUPERMENSCH.

Shep Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. Though he isn’t a household name, Gordon has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career.  Shep is known for managing the careers of Alice Cooper as well as stints with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others – a career that began with a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.  He even found time to invent the “Celebrity Chef.”  Though the chef as star is part of the culture now, it took Shep's imagination, and his moral outrage at how the chefs were being treated, to monetize the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Personal friends with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund and the guardian of four children, Gordon’s unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more.

Myers, best known as randy Austin Powers, the voice of "Shrek," and Wayne Campbell of "Wayne's World," was last seen in non-animated form on the big screen in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" in 2009.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.