LYDEN: Did you enjoy playing the Basil Exposition in the “Austin Powers” movies?
Mr. YORK: You know, I did. Who knew that this would turn into what it did? All you have to go on is instinct. But I thought there was something there. And, you know, I got this censure: How can you, who - an actor who plays Shakespeare, you know, indulge in this campy send-up? And I said, oh, Shakespeare would have adored it. He had a filthier mind that Austin Powers.
“A few of Michael York’s Star-Studded Memories" - NPR: Interviewed by Jack Lyden.
June 19, 2011