Willie Nelson,Nancy Meola, Shep Gordon, Mike Meyers, Tom Arnold
Thank you so much to Nancy Meola, for kindly letting me share this great photo of her lovely self with Willie Nelson, Shep Gordon, Mike Meyers, and Tom Arnold on Willie Nelson’s bus. Nancy said that this photo was taken after the SXSW premiere of the movie, ‘Supermensch-The Legend Of Shep Gordon.” a documentary directed by Mike Meyers. Willie Nelson, Nancy Meola and Tom Arnold appear in the film, along with appearances by Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone.
by: Mike Fleming, Jr.
After hatching characters that fueled movies such as Wayne’s World and Austin Powers, Mike Myers quietly spent the past two years readying his feature directorial debut on a docu about Shep Gordon, a music manager as colorful as any previous Myers creation. Few knew this was how Myers was spending his time until Toronto unveiled a lineup that included Supermensch: The legend of Shep Gordon. Myers chronicles the spiritual and career journey of Gordon, whose trajectory is parts Forrest Gump and Being There, in terms of the number of chance encounters with icons that helped make him a giant in his field. It started when he arrived in a hotel room in California after quitting a job on the first day. Hearing a woman in distress outside, he rushed to her aid and promptly got face-punched by Janis Joplin after breaking up her consensual sexual encounter. She felt bad the next day, and she and Jimi Hendrix helped Gordon get into the music biz, where he broke Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendergrass and others. Later, his desire to help his chef friends birthed the zillion-dollar celebrity chef industry, and Gordon also became part of the Dalai Lama’s inner circle.