Troyer, who has died aged 49, famously incarnated Mike Myers’ clone Mini-Me in Austin Powers, and was at the forefront of pop culture’s modern challenge to bigotry
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“I shall call him … Mini-Me!” This was how Verne Troyer was brought on to the screen, and into the world of cult stardom: a world which was part cruel, part affectionate. It was in the 1999 movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Mike Myers’s Dr Evil has just been cloned, and does a convulsive double-take on realising that his double is one-eighth his size. Two-foot-eight Troyer comes on in the Bond-villain quasi-Nehru jacket and impassively does the signature little finger to the lips move – worryingly like a precocious infant. An almost-star was born, although Troyer had begun his screen career in 1994 in the movie Baby’s Day Out when he had been the stunt double for a baby. Troyer repeated the Mini-Me role in the Austin Powers sequel Goldmember, had a small part as a goblin in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – and with dignity and good humour sustained a career in reality television and the professional celebrity industry for almost 20 years.
The actor on bald patches, Steven Spielberg and impersonating animals
Born in Leeds, Ineson, 48, was a teacher before he became an actor. He played Chris Finch in The Office from 2001 to 2003, and Amycus Carrow in three Harry Potter films. His other work includes Game Of Thrones, and upcoming films Hurricane Heist, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Absentia. He is married with two children, and lives in London.
When were you happiest?
I am pretty happy right now. I have just got back from a dog walk. I have loads of nice work coming out. I am feeling pretty chipper.
Hogwarts Mystery, the first JK Rowling-inspired game since 2012, to be released this spring
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a mobile game for iOS and Android from developer Jam City, will be released this spring.
It will be the first Harry Potter video game since 2012’s Wonderbook: Book of Spells, for Sony’s PlayStation 3. It will also be the first game released under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s new Portkey Games label, which the company set up last year. Announced via JK Rowling’s Pottermore site in November, Portkey Games will “work with talented creators to build games that focus on player-generated stories, which will live alongside the magical universe created by JK Rowling”.
Fans raised €15,000 for the film, which has already been watched 7m times. Guardian Australia’s resident Harry Potter nerd gives her verdict
The Harry Potter fan community is a wonderful, slightly terrifying thing. It has devoted hundreds of thousands of words to fanfiction to fill in the gaps of the world JK Rowling created, in some cases doing a better job than official spinoffs like The Cursed Child (notoriously terrible exceptions notwithstanding).
Potter fans care deeply about their world. So it’s perhaps not surprising that a group of devoted Italian fans crowdfunded €15,000 to make a 52 minute-long film on Voldemort’s origin story.