There’s no doubting actor Mike Myers’s feelings toward Hollywood manager Shep Gordon. Just look at the title of Myers’s directorial-debut documentary.
The fawning treatment, however, feels completely deserved considering how warm-hearted and likeable Gordon seems.
Amazingly, Gordon fell in to being an agent after a chance meeting with Jimi Hendrix. From there, Myers chronicles Gordon’s work with Alice Cooper, helping the shock rocker rise to superstardom, and a wide range of other friends and clients, including Michael Douglas, Teddy Pendergrass, Anne Murray and Sylvester Stallone.
A food aficionado, Gordon has also boasted a long client-list of cooks – Emeril Lagasse credits him for creating the phenomenon of the celebrity chef.
Throughout the movie, Myers’s emphasis is on showing why Gordon is so lovable, including his open-door policy at his house in Maui, Hawaii, where Myers – who met Gordon while making Wayne’s World – stayed for two months after going through a tough time. Gordon, too, has had his share of hardship, with this sometimes scattered documentary showing how he longs for a family to call his own.
The film has some great anecdotes about living the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, and while Gordon may be a minor figure at best, he is, as this film shows, exactly what a mensch should be.