But ''Austin Powers''' Mini-Me is even happier to be an Oompa-Loompa

By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Updated August 25, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT
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”Austin Powers”’ Verne Troyer could actually be appearing in a dramatic Academy Award nominated film, thanks to his big role in the, um, short ”Bit Players.” Troyer costars with fellow little person Phil Fondacaro in Andy Berman’s directorial debut, depicting the making of ”Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” from the Oompa-Loompas’ point of view.

The film has been given a run at a Los Angeles AMC theater, thus qualifying it for Oscar consideration. ”We don’t get too many opportunities to have real acting jobs,” says Troyer. ”We’re usually stuck playing elves and leprechauns.” He is now doing duty as a ghoul in ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

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