He's played a green-skinned ogre with a Scottish accent and a troublemaking cat with an enormous top hat, but now Mike Myers is about to take on his most unusual role yet: the sweet talking skunk loverboy called Pepé Le Pew.
According to New York Magazine, Myers has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to provide the voice of the classic Looney Tunes second stringer Pepé Le Pew in an upcoming feature length film about the odiferous lothario's romantic misadventures. Meyers is no stranger to animated success, having crushed the box office with his blockbuster "Shrek" series, which so far has earned over $2.9 billion worldwide.
Whether or not he can replicate that success with Pepé Le Pew, though, is questionable; the Looney Tunes stable hasn't exactly been tearing it up at the box office, with the last release, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," failing to recoup production costs when it landed way back in 2003. And Myers himself isn't quite the surefire star he once was, with disasters like "The Love Guru" and "The Cat in the Hat" on his resume.
Still, Warner Bros. is aggressively pushing a slate of Looney Tunes films featuring lesser known characters such as Speedy Gonzales and Marvin the Martian in the hopes that one of them can generate the kind of breakout hit that bigger names like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck have failed to provide.
Pepé Le Pew, of course, is a skunk who believes himself to be the smoothest romantic operator in the world, a position he puts to the test when he falls in love with a cat, Penelope Pussycat. As you might expect, Pepé also speaks in a thick French accent, which should give Myers plenty of opportunity to flex the comedic muscles he honed on other accented characters like Shrek and the "Austin Powers" villain Fat Bastard.
We're always in the mood for a good cartoon or a good comedy, so here's hoping that this time around, it's only the character that stinks and not the whole movie.