He’s had to contend with an absentee father (Dr. Evil was orbiting the earth frozen for decades, after all) and a tiny clone sibling who wants him dead. In Goldmember Scott Evil is back — and does he have issues. Issues? ”He’s got subscriptions,” corrects actor Seth Green.

Luckily, Green himself (who’s been in the biz since age 6) has had a smoother run. By 1998, the double punch of Austin Powers and TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer — in which he played lovable lycanthrope Oz — had earned the Philly native notice as a top character actor. Since then, Green, 28, has worked rapid-fire, turning up as an uptight studio publicist in America’s Sweethearts, a manic money-hunter in Rat Race, and a friend to puppets on last season’s oddball TV comedy Greg the Bunny.

Though Greg got canceled, Powers has proven a steady gig for Green — and returning supporting players Mindy Sterling, Robert Wagner, Verne Troyer, and Michael York. ”Everybody’s in the movie again,” Green says of Goldmember. ”And it doesn’t feel like Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 3 — it doesn’t feel like a force. It feels like Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 4, where you’re like, There that makes sense!” Uh, kinda. For his part, Myers finds his costar’s approach to comedy just groovy. ”Seth Green loves to improvise,” he says. ”So much of what he does in [Goldmember] I didn’t write.”

This fall, Green can be seen with Vin Diesel, John Malkovich, and Dennis Hopper in the Mob drama Knockaround Guys. There’s also the upcoming Party Monster, based on club kid James St. James’ true tale of a brutal 1996 killing amid Manhattan’s druggy nightlife scene. Green plays St. James, with Macaulay Culkin as outrageous party promoter-cum-killer Michael Alig. To prep, Green hung out with the real-life St. James: ”I think you have to have real empathy and understanding — a type of love for someone — to be able to be them convincingly.” Party on, Seth.

Austin Powers in Goldmember
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