Fact: Billy Crystal, Bo Derek, Frankie Muniz and Verne Troyer were among the athletes and stars who saluted boxing legend Muhammad Ali at a black-tie gala and auction in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night (23Mar13). The celebrities gathered at the Celebrity Fight Night Xix to raise funds for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Barrow Neurological Institute in the city. Auction items included a guitar signed by Eric Clapton, a swimming class with Olympics medalist Ryan Lochte and dinner with Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro in New York. Reba MCEntire hosted the event for the eighth year and performers included Jennifer Lopez, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Ray Cyrus and Rita Wilson.
Quote: "The only part that I don't really like is when a person sees me on the street they say, 'Mini Me, I'm your greatest fan.' And it's like, 'If you're my greatest fan you should know my name.'" Austin Powers star Verne Troyer is getting sick of his Mini Me moniker.
Fact: Actor Verne Troyer has a tattoo of a heart his THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS co-star Heath Ledger drew shortly before his death.
Fact: Comedian Mike Myers is teaming up with his Austin Powers castmate Verne Troyer and Jessica Alba for new movie THE LOVE GURU, which Myers also wrote.
Fact: Pint-sized movie star Verne Troyer has an epileptic pet bulldog called BANANO.