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Comedian Mike Myers has been honoured with his own postage stamp in his native Canada. The Shrek star’s face will grace the nation’s 85 cent stamp, which will also feature Myers’ three most famous film characters: Wayne Campbell from Wayne’s World and Austin Powers/Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movie franchise.
The stamp, which will debut this summer (14), is the first in a series celebrating Canadian comedians. Other honourees have yet to be announced. The proud actor says, “I can’t believe it… It’s unbelievably flattering. I just wanna thank whoever in the Canadian government decided to put this idiot on a stamp.”
However, Myers reveals the news failed to impress his mother Alice, a native of Liverpool, England, and he was a little disappointed with her reaction. He explains, “My parents are from Liverpool… and if Liverpool had an unofficial motto, it’d be, ‘Who do you think you are?’. “So I called and I said, ‘Hey mum, the Canadian government is issuing a stamp with my face on it,’ and she was like, ‘Um, is anyone else getting a stamp?’ I said, ‘No…’ and she said, ‘What denomination is it?’. (I said), ‘I don’t know, 20 cents?’. (She replied), ‘Twenty cents?’ I go, ‘Is that bad?’. “She literally said, ‘Is it legal tender?’. I’m sure if you got enough Mike Myers stamps you could buy a car… (But) I’m on a stamp! She said, ‘Do you not know anyone else who is on a stamp?’ I go, ‘Yeah, one other person – Her Majesty the Queen!'”
An image of the country’s head of state, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, typically features on all other stamps in Canada, a former British colony which is now part of the Commonwealth.