15 Things You May Not Have Realised About Wayne’s World
The 1992 film ‘Wayne’s World’ had absolutely no impact on the catchphrases we used on the school playground…
It’s a classic that deserves to be revisited, and we are definitely not worthy to present the following ‘15 Things You May Not Have Realised About Wayne’s World’. Party on!
1. Garth Was Based On Dana Carvey’s Brother
Garth was based on Dana Carvey’s older brother, electronic engineer Brad Carvey, who has since said of the similarities: “We both eat red licorice, we both like video, and we both play the drums”.
2. Some Of The Best Lines Were Improvised
Many of the film’s best lines were improvised, such as Wayne ordering “Cream of Sum Yung Guy”’ for a Chinese takeaway, and Garth asking “Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played a girl bunny?”
3. Rob Lowe Needed The Work
‘Saturday Night Live’ producer Lorne Michaels told the film’s director that she could hire Rob Lowe “really cheap, because he can’t get a job” after the actor’s sex tape scandal.
4. Dana Carvey Really Can Play The Drums That Well
Carvey was playing those drums for real during filming of the following scene…
5. The Film’s Success Drove A Wedge Between The Two Stars…
As time passed Mike Myers wanted more control over the film’s characters, meaning that Dana Carvey barely spoke with his old partner after Austin Powers turned Myers into a superstar.
6…And Carvey Believes Myers Stole His Dr. Evil Impression
The Dr. Evil impression was originally Carvey imitating Lorne Michaels, the creator of Saturday Night Live.
7. Myers Also Fell Out With The Film’s Director
Myers didn’t hire Penelope Spheeris to direct Wayne’s World 2 due to the number of creative differences the pair had during and after the creation of the first film.
8. They Really Were Denied The Right To Play Stairway To Heaven
Remember the scene when Wayne attempts to test his guitar in a music store by playing ‘Stairway to Heaven’, only for the salesman to point at a sign that bans customers from playing the Led Zeppelin classic? Led Zeppelin really did stop Wayne from playing the song after the film’s theatrical release, meaning you won’t have seen it if you watched the film on VHS, DVD or TV.
9. It Made Its Budget Back In The First Week
The film only cost $14 million to make, and made back $18 million in its first week alone.
10. The Soundtrack Was A Massive Hit
The Wayne’s World soundtrack, which included new songs as well as classic hits like ‘Foxy Lady’ by Jimi Hendrix, went to the top of the charts in 1992
11. There Was A Terrible Computer Game…
The Wayne’s World computer game, released for Super Nintendo, Game Boy and Sega Genesis, was rather awful.
12…But A Rather Good Roller Coaster
‘The Hurler’ was a wooden roller coaster based on the film that debuted in South Carolina in 1994.
13. The Sequel Bombed
Wayne’s World 2 didn’t do well at the box office, making only $48 million compared to the first film’s $121 million.
14. Mike Myers Was Adamant That Bohemian Rhapsody Be Used…
Mike Myers has said on a number of occasions that he would have left the film entirely had ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ not been used.
15…And Queen Members Thanked Them For Using It
Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor thanked Mike Myers for reminding the world why their music was special. The film was released only 3 months after legendary Queen front-man Freddie Mercury had passed away.
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