Mike Myers’ directorial debut, the documentary “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” is the story of one of Hollywood’s most famous talent managers. As portrayed in the film, which made its New York premiere Thursday at MoMA, Gordon nurtured the careers of Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendergrass, Anne Murray and many others, and also found time to befriend the Dalai Lama, romance untold number of women, and create the concept of the celebrity chef, while still managing to be such a stand-up guy that even paparazzi photographers would back off if he asked them to. After 20 years of begging, Gordon finally relented and allowed Myers to make a film about him, because, above all else, these days Gordon is a frustrated golfer.
“I started to feel a little sorry for myself. I wasn’t getting invited to celebrity golf tournaments,” he said at the premiere as Myers burst into copious laughter. “I called up Mike and said, ‘This is going to sound a little trite, but I want to get invited to celebrity golf tournaments! Maybe we should do this.’”
Myers, who has known Gordon since he visited the set of 1991’s “Wayne World” and haggled over which Alice Cooper song Myers could license for the film, was happy to oblige.
“Finally, this beautiful man allowed me to make a film about him,” Myers said. “He protects artists, and he loves artists. And he never gave up being an artist and he never gave up being a fan and he never gave up being a human being. There’s a way to make a lovely living and still maintain your humanity.”
In “Supermensch,” Gordon is portrayed as partly a Zelig-like figure who happened to be at the right place and the right time, meeting Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix within a day of moving to Los Angeles, and partly as wheeler and dealer that specialized in making everyone around him happy, from his clients to friends like Michael Douglas and Sylvester Stallone.
At the afterparty, which was held at The Wayfarer and attended by Radius-TWC’s Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, Kyle MachLachlan, Gina Gershon, Anthony Bourdain and Michael Stipe, Variety asked Gordon if he recognized the version of himself audiences saw onscreen.
“I do,” he said. “But it’s Mike’s vision of me, more than my vision of me.”
(Pictured: Shep Gordon and Mike Myers at the New York premiere of “Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon”)