While everyone and their uncle will be dressing as Heath Ledger's Joker this Halloween, I've already got my costume all selected: Mike Meyer's Guru Pitka from THE LOVE GURU. And thank goodness that I don't have to go searching for materials, because - lucky me! - it's already available in costume stores everywhere.
Like most of you, I didn't bother to see THE LOVE GURU, but I know exactly just how this whole costume thing came about. While the film was in production, the marketing folks at Paramount held a meeting to determine what would be the best way to merchandise THE LOVE GURU; since Meyer's AUSTIN POWERS character was a success (though do you know anyone who still proudly displays their old McFarlane action figures?) and an extremely popular Halloween costume for several years, the LOVE GURU outfit certainly was a no-brainer. The fact that everyone hated THE LOVE GURU (and it was a box office disappointment), obviously put a damper on the whole LOVE GURU costume scheme, but I have to guess that materials were already assembled and produced by the time the film's brief theatrical engagement came and went, so they damn well couldn't stop it. No doubt the orders were low and stock is readily available. In fact, I dare you to buy one and wear it for Halloween. Gotta wonder what kind of looks you're going to get.
Jeez, that poor model looks embarrassed. That's all I have to say about that.