If it is true what they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, then Del Close is set to be in for a treat. THR believe that comedy legend Mike Myers will be playing the Saturday Night Live mentor. A biographical motion picture is in the works, simply titled Del.
Close is largely credited for working with a number of top artists on the skit show. Including the likes of John Belushi, Tina Fey, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Myers himself. The late comedic actor shaped a number of Hollywood stars on the art of improvisation before passing away in 1999. The film will have Betty Thomas from 28 Days on board to direct.
Illinois Hub A Pivotal Playground For Del
For performers like Myers, he has much to be thankful for following the path that Close led. Earning his start at Second City in Chicago, the comedy coach would use the facility to bring out the best improv talent in the country in the early 1980s.
This would offer a path to New York City and SNL. Allowing the best comedians to flourish under the spotlight. With some gaining lucrative movie careers in the process. Covert Media CEO Paul Hanson argues that Myers is the ideal candidate before the feature launches global sales in Berlin, Germany.
"Mike Myers is a comedy genius and the perfect actor to inhabit this complicated, funny, poignant character," remarked Hanson. "A pioneer of his craft, Close has passed his knowledge of humor and improv to the group of comedians that everyone knows today and this hilarious script examines that intimate relationship with his students that has made them so successful."
Myers Also Transitioning From Young Star To Mentor Figure
For those old enough to remember 1990s pop culture, Mike Myers was on the cutting edge of comedy. As he brought his weird and wacky Saturday Night Live skits to the big screen via Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2. Fronting the ultra-successful franchise Austin Powers, a series that would start in 1997 and end with 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember, few could compete with his sense of humor and impeccable delivery of quotes that would live long past their releases.
His personal connection with Close will have Myers in good stead. Including the experience of becoming something of a comedic mentor himself for the next generation. Roles have been few and far between for the Canadian, as he sets to star in Terminal alongside Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg. But many will be keen to see how he portrays a man that helped craft his rise to stardom.