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.
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
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.