And that makes sad.
You'd be hard-pressed to make the argument that Myers' career has been a failure - short of The Love Guru and The Cat in the Hat, he's been almost unequivocally successful, both
commercially and critically. His time on SNL prepped him for a career full of interesting characters, but that's part of the problem. Funny as his varied characters have been, this is one actor that we could probably stand to see more of "for real" every now and then. Short of small roles that I never saw (View from the Top, The Thin Pink Line, Mystery, Alaska) and a small film that I've never heard of (Pete's Meteor), every role Myers has had since 1993 has heavily involved the makeup chair and/or the wigmaster. To make matters worse, his most dominating presence in popular culture over the last decade has been with a franchise in which we don't see him at all. Children who grew up on the Shrek films will likely know as much about Myers as I do Mel Blanc!
Eddie Murphy has been blasted over the last 15 years for devolving from a hard-edged comic to a shiller of neverending (and painfully bad) family films, and I've been one of the people blasting him as well, but I'm starting to feel as though the latter stage of Myers' career is just as big a disappointment. There's a fourth Austin Powers film in the rumor mill lately, and a Keith Moon biopic is on the horizon for Myers' near future as well. I can't help but wonder, Mike, will we ever get a chance to see a little bit more of you in your movies?