2:32pm PT by Ryan Parker
Austin Powers Masks a Hot Halloween Item, Thanks to 'Baby Driver'
One of the funniest moments in Baby Driver seems to have become a popular Halloween costume.
In the Edgar Wright summer blockbuster, a mix-up among a trio of robbers results in Austin Powers masks being used for a heist rather than masks of the Halloween antagonist Michael Myers (the joke being that the fictitious killer and actor have the same name).
Apparently, the idea of going to parties as one of confused robbers is a hot ticket item as the Austin Powers masks have sold out on costume sites and are not available on Amazon or eBay. And at least one Halloween site contacted by The Hollywood Reporter is kicking itself for not thinking to order some of the swinger-spy masks.
Wright could not be more delighted by the news.
"I'm very proud. I feel like through my career, I have given people some very easy Halloween costumes, like Shaun in Shaun of the Dead," Wright tells THR. "I even mentioned to Warner Bros. [which released Austin Powers under New Line Cinema] that they may ship a lot of masks at Halloween, and I think that's exactly what's happened."
Wright explains that in his Ansel Elgort starrer, the Austin Powers mask moment happened out of necessity, because the original bit had to be altered.
Initially, only one of the masks was going to be an Austin Powers, but the other two would be the correct slasher masks, making just one of the trio look silly. But the Baby Driver production could not get clearance in time to use the horror masks, so, with Myers' and Warners' blessing, the script was altered to three Austin Powers masks.
Myers is entertained that the masks are so popular. "I'm equally proud of my work as the killer in Halloween as I am for my work in Austin Powers," Myers tells THR.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery turned 20 this year, which may also be part of the reason the mask is in such high demand. Still, the assumption, at least from one costume retailer, is that Baby Driver is the primary catalyst. And the sudden clamoring for the masks left HalloweenCostumes.com wishing it had seen the trend coming.
"We unfortunately never have carried it, but is definitely something we will need to think of bringing on!" says company spokesman Ross Smith.
The Baby Driver director did not keep a mask for himself, which he regrets.
"I didn't think about that, but I probably should have," Wright says, adding, "The other funny thing about it that was once Jamie [Foxx] was in the mask, he started providing extra dialogue, so there are a lot of extra Austin Powers-isms. It was funny to have Jamie Foxx, Oscar-winning actor, wearing a rubber Mike Myers mask."