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General News / February 14, 2017

25 things you didn’t know about Wayne’s World

General News / February 14, 2017

25 things you didn’t know about Wayne’s World

On February 14th 1992, Wayne’s World, a film adapted from a Saturday Night Live Sketch, debuted at number 1 at the box office and grossed $183 million across the world while costing $14 million to make.

Directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers as Wayne and Dana Carvey as Garth, nobody expected the ‘goofy’ movie to be a hit and become such a huge part of 90s culture.

It begins in the basement of Wayne’s parent’s house where Garth and himself host a public access TV show.

Paramount Pictures made a word reference guide to translate the slang phrases to help international audiences get the jokes. Even with this apparent humour barrier Wayne, Garth, and their unique slang travelled wide across the world and still resonated with many people.

We take a look at 25 of the best moments and unknown facts about Wayne’s World below.


25. Dana Carvey and Mike Myers had a falling-out after Carvey believed Myers stole his Dr. Evil impression for Austin Powers. They’ve made up since apparently.

24. Rumours of a fight between Mike Myers and Dana Carvey have made the rounds. Apparently, Myers didn’t want to be upstaged by Carvey, whose comedic profile was much higher when the sketch first began.

23. Tia Carrere turned down a role on Baywatch to play Wayne’s love interest, Cassandra.

22. After Wayne’s World, director Spheeris had a difficult time getting hired to direct anything that wasn’t comedy.

21.  Robin Ruzan, who played a waitress at Stan Mikita’s Donuts, was married to Myers from 1993 until 2006.

20. The town of Aurora has organized a six-month celebration of Wayne’s World, using the hashtag .

19. Carrere sings rock music in the movie, but she’s won Grammys for her Hawaiian music.

18. The Bohemian Rhapsody scene was inspired by Myers’ experience singing the Queen song in the car with his friends.

17. Mike Myers has said he would have had no part in the film if ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was not been included. Producers wanted music from Guns N’ Roses song but Myers insisted Queen.

16. While filming, Myers didn’t think the headbanging scene was funny. Director Spheeris has said she had to convince him and make him do it over and over again, he wasn’t too happy apparently.

15. Hosting a cable access show was a lifelong dream of Myers’, hence the Wayne’s World show within a show.

14. Paramount Pictures was initially on the fence about backing the film.

13. Stan Mikita’s Donuts doesn’t exist.

12. SNL producer Lorne Michaels told Spheeris she could hire Rob Lowe to play TV producer Benjamin Oliver for ‘really cheap’ because he was finding it hard to find work after a sex tape scandal.

11. Madonna’s appearance in a 1991 fantasy sequence caused a bit of anxiety for Myers, as it featured his first on-screen kiss.

10. The soundtrack rose to the top of the Billboard 200 when it came out on the 18th of February 1992 and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was revived and reached number two in the Billboard chat.

9. Myers didn’t hire Spheeris to direct Wayne’s World 2 because the two had creative differences. Maybe that wasn’t the best move seeing as it made only $48 million compared to the first movie’s $183 million.

8. In one of the more iconic scenes where Garth plays a drum solo. He is actually really playing the drums.

7. Though the film is set in suburban Aurora, Illinois, no parts of the film were actually shot there.

6. Alice Cooper came to the film set thinking he was going to be performing musically. However, when he arrived he was apparently shocked when he was handed a full monologue to memorise.

5. Dana Carvey has said in interviews that he developed pain in his jaw due to Garth’s overbite, and he had to strap ice packs to his face to help the swelling.

4. Myers didn’t want Robert Patrick in the movie. He said in 2013 that he didn’t think including the Terminator 2 reference would be funny, however turns out the cameo was really popular.

3. Dana Carvey based the character of Garth on his real brother, Brad.

2. It’s known that ‘SNL’ made Wayne Campbell a household name, apparently, Mike Myers began working on the character when he was still a teenager. Wayne was born on Canadian television, first on the alternative video show ‘City Limits’ and later on ‘It’s Only Rock & Roll’ in 1987 in a sketch called ‘Wayne’s Power Minute.’ When Myers joined the cast of SNL in 1989, Wayne did too. ‘Wayne’s World’ made its SNL debut on February 18, 1989.

1. After a rights dispute, the original ‘Stairway To Heaven’ guitar riff in the music store scene had to be changed following it’s release. Led Zeppelin actually refused to allow the notes to appear in any forms of the movie even on VHS at the time.