Remember back before Steve Bannon, when Dr. Evil was the evilest onscreen character around? Well, if you’ve been pining for such bygone evilness, then you’ll love Mike Myers' appearance on yesterday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
As you can see below, Myers donned the famous bald cap and Blofeld scar and pulled the bad doctor from the Austin Powers films out of retirement for the evening. Here’s the premise: Jimmy gets an exclusive interview with the latest member of President Trump’s administration to be let go: Dr. Evil himself.
Jimmy’s first question is to find out exactly what Dr. Evil was doing in Trump’s cabinet in the first place: “Well naturally I was going to be Secretary of Evil, but Steve Bannon got that job.” Then the interview goes on to extrapolate on all the gloriously evil ideas that Dr. Evil takes credit for, all the way up to deporting dreamers, which actually tests the evils of Dr. Evil’s evilness.
For at least one person, Dr. Evil was simply the funniest character to ever come out of 1997. Besides playing the titular star of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, which poked hilarious fun at James Bond, Myers also leaned heavily into one of 007’s greatest foes, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence) of You Only Live Twice, in order to mine Dr. Evil for some of the best laughs of any decade.
Though it merely whets the appetite for Myers in his prime, the clip does give us a glimpse of the genius that made the man so successful in the first place. Here’s hoping it’s just the beginning of his comeback. Who knows, maybe we’re in for a resurgence, as he does have two films slated for this year: the Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Margot Robbie's femme fatale thriller, Terminal. And of course, Dr. Evil has pledged to make the world evil again, so that should keep him busy as well.