Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Making his directing debut, Mike Myers captures the life of friend Shep Gordon, one of Hollywood’s most influential music managers. Moving to Los Angeles in his early twenties, Shep Gordon started his management career in the 70’s, as he helped shape the careers of acts like Alice Cooper and Blondie. Gordon is also credited with creating the concept of a celebrity chef, as he guided Emeril Lagasse to superstardom.
Behind the Scenes: At a Toronto Film Festival Screening Myers disclosed that had been trying to convince Gordon to let him make the film for twenty years. He says, ”I was just trying to think of the people in my life who I love. And I said: Shep, you have to let me make a film." The documentary is chalked full of celebrity cameos; Alice Cooper, Anne Murray, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Arnold, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, and Emeril Lagasse all appear in the documentary.
The Early Word: Early reviews are good, noting Gordon's extreme candor. David Rooney of the Hollywood Reporter says, “Supermensch is very much a celebration...Gordon comes across as a refreshingly candid man who feels no compulsion to varnish the truth.” -CG