Val Kilmer Says He Created Austin Powers’ Mini-Me

There are a lot of reasons to celebrate Val Kilmer: “Tombstone,” “The Doors,” “The Salton Sea,” “Real Genius,” “Willow.” The list of goes on and on.

This is not one of those reasons.

“[I created] Mini-Me you know,” Kilmer confessed to MTV News, revealing once and for all his own role in skyrocketing Verne Troyer to fame. “[I was] the genesis of Mini-Me.”

Doubt if you want. Me? I believe it. And how could I not? The story is so strange and improbable that it absolutely has to be true.

“[On] ’Island of Dr. Moreau’ I told Marlon Brando my plan to save my performance just in case there was a giant whole in the second half – I was going to strap the little man to my chest,” Kilmer insisted, completely unaware, perhaps, of how terribly strange that plan sounds even in retrospect. “And, you know, you can’t get around that visual. And then he [Brando] STOLE my little man!”

Yes, yes he did. And it was bizarre. But even more bizarre is that Mike Myers apparently watched it and thought, “Now, that’s what I’ve been looking for!”

“I asked Mike Myers about it myself. He said, ’absolutely’ [it came from that movie],” Kilmer said of the idea for Dr. Evil’s pint-sized clone. “Same studio made it. And he saw a screening and said, ’that’s really funny.'”

If that’s not the weirdest origin for a character, I don’t know what is. But can you think of any I’m missing? Sound off below.