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Mike Myers' Honest Opinion Of The Love Guru Might Surprise You

Over the years, Mike Myers has made many funny movies. Rising to prominence through his time as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1990s, Myers would quickly redirect his comedic talents to the world of film. He made a slew of successful movies in "Wayne's World" (based on the popular "SNL" skit series) and "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," both of which went on to have at least one sequel. He also, of course, provided the voice for Shrek, making him partially responsible for one of the most iconic animated characters of all time.

However, not every film that Myers has made has been a winner. In particular, the 2008 film "The Love Guru," about an absurd spiritual guru who looks to become the next Deepak Chopra, was a monumental flop. Panned both critically and commercially (via Rotten Tomatoes), the film is easily considered one of Myers' worst (if not his definitive worst) movies of all time. Nevertheless, Myers himself doesn't quite see "The Love Guru" in the same way that audiences do. More likely than not, his honest opinion of the film will probably come as a surprise to some.

Mike Myers is still proud of The Love Guru

Sexual humor is nothing new when it comes to Mike Myers. Heck, the "Austin Powers" franchise is built on the sex-crazed antics of one terminally horny British spy. Similarly, "The Love Guru" also has no shortage of sex jokes, but where "Austin Powers" came off as charming, "The Love Guru" came off as immature and lazy. Famed movie critic Roger Ebert wrote that the film "could have been written on toilet walls by callow adolescents." Meanwhile, Empire called it "so numbingly unamusing that you seriously question whether you were mistaken to have ever found Myers funny."

In a 2014 interview with GQ, however, Myers revealed that has no regrets about "The Love Guru." "I just make stuff, and sometimes it does well," Myers said. "But there's a lot in that movie 'The Love Guru' comedically that I'm really, really proud of. I completely recognize it didn't meet an audience ... I just love making stuff, dude, you know, you can't be too attached up and you can't be too attached down." 

It's an admirable sentiment, to be sure. Nobody should let criticism bar them from being creative. Unfortunately, however, it's not a sentiment that's guaranteed to create something good. It certainly hasn't worked out for Myers in recent years. His most recent project, a Netflix series called "The Pentaverate," currently has similarly low review scores. Hopefully, however, the bad-review streak can be broken if "Austin Powers 4" finally sees the light of day.