Mike Myers to Play Pepé Le Pew Because Why Not

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 16: Actor Mike Myers arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere "Shrek Forever After" at Gibson Amphitheatre on May 16, 2010 in Universal City, California.

NewsFeed once pitched an article called “The Top 10 Movies No One Asked For” but the story got killed after we realized all 10 were Mike Myers movies.

Reports from Vulture say that Canadian funnyman Mike Myers has signed on to play Warner Bros. character Pepé Le Pew in an upcoming feature film. Le Pew, for the unfamiliar, is leering French skunk whose prospective conquests are turned off by his unfortunate aroma.

The Vulture report mentions that the film is part of a Warner Bros. campaign to further monetize their lineup of famous cartoon characters. (The WB stable, led by Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, only pulls in a fifth of the licensing revenue of Disney’s characters.) More Americans can recognize Myers than can recognize Bugs or Daffy — though in a blow to a Pepé Le Pew film’s prospects, more of these same Americans have a favorable impression of the cartoon characters than they have of Myers. Still, Myers’ films still make money regardless of their quality (in the past decade only The Love Guru has failed to crack $100 million) so perhaps we can’t blame Warner Brothers. No, we think we still can: We’ve long since tired of Myers’ shtick and we suspect America feels the same.

In perhaps the most distressing news, the film will reportedly continue theunfortunate recent trend of dividing the cast between CGI main characters and live-action supporting characters. Because when you’re looking for films to follow in the footsteps of, Yogi Bear is the first one you think of.

This post has creeped past NewsFeed’s own boundary line for acceptable levels of snark, so to make up for it we will leave readers with a happy note. Here’s the Oscar-winning Le Pew short “For Scent-imental Reasons.”

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