Mike Myers tapped to host upcoming MTV Movie Awards
The upcoming edition of MTV’s irreverent movie awards show will have Canadian film star Mike Myers take the stage as host, organizers announced Wednesday.
The awards gala, which presents trophies in unconventional categories such as best kiss and best villain, will be broadcast live on June 1.
The Toronto-born Myers, who previously hosted the show in 1997, “blew us away last time he hosted the MTV Movie Awards with his Lord of the Dance [routine] and over-the-top musical productions,” Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music, Logo and Films Group, said in a statement Wednesday.
Toffler also praised the former Second City and Saturday Night Live star for “creating iconic film characters that have been etched in the minds of MTV’s audiences forever.”
Organizers of the MTV Movie Awards have typically enlisted popular, “of-the-moment” celebrity hosts, including comedian Sarah Silverman and actors Jessica Alba, Jimmy Fallon and Lindsay Lohan in recent years.
Myers, 44, is set to release his latest film, a comedy titled The Love Guru, across North America on June 20.
From early trailers and other promotional material, the film appears to continue Myers’ tradition of playing randy-but-loveably-goofy characters in the vein of his Wayne’s World and Austin Powers films.
Nominees for the 17th MTV Movie Awards will be announced in May.