I meant to write about this over the weekend, I wish I had written about it over the weekend. April has been a busy, busy month for me. But I wanted to offer up some thoughts on Verne Troyer, the actor who sadly passed away over the weekend. He was only 59 years old.
Many people probably know Verne Troyer for his work as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" movies. I get it. That's how I personally came to know Verne. He may have been a mute in those movies. But he left a memorable legacy from those films. There is a reason why he kind of blew up to a degree after the Austin Powers movies. He was very funny, and he made sure his scenes in those movies counted. It lead to many comedic roles and it lead to some typecast short roles due to his size. (Warwick Davis may have played Griphook in the final "Harry Potter" movies, but it was Troyer who played him in "The Sorcerer's Stone.") But is that all his career added up to? Just funny roles and size typecast?
My favorite Verne Troyer movie is "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus." I think that movie is mainly remembered because it was the last movie Heath Ledger appeared in and that high profile actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all stepped in for Ledger. While the movie is filled with great actors, Verne really stood out this time too. Not because he was silly, but because he showed great range in that movie. He was so much more than the typical funny guy that I wish he did more stuff like "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," simply so more people saw.
Co-star Mike Myers said the following:
"Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It's a sad day. But I hope he is in a better place. He will be missed"
Farewell, Mini-Me. Thanks for the memories.