‘Wayne’s World’ Cast Reunites More Than 20 Years Later
Mike Myers aka Wayne, and Dana Carvey aka Garth, then and now (Photo: Everett/Getty)
"Wayne's World" was an unexpected runaway hit when it came out on Valentine's Day in 1992, eventually earning $183 million worldwide to become the eighth highest grossing film of the year. But back when Mike Myers (Wayne Campbell) and Dana Carvey (Garth Algar) were making the classic comedy, they were unsure … about a lot of things.
That famed "Bohemian Rhapsody" lip-synching bit -- which put the then 17-year-old Queen song back on the top of the singles charts -- was first considered an iffy move. "I was afraid we were taking a whiz on a Picasso at that point," Myers said on Tuesday night during a cast and crew reunion at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.
And when Wayne tests out his coveted white Fender Stratocaster, only to be shown a No 'Stairway to Heaven' sign, the scene killed with audiences, who were unaware of a behind-the-scenes workaround. The Led Zepplin classic would have cost much more than the film's relatively meager (by Hollywood standards) $20 million budget could afford. They had to make it work while using less than five notes of the song. Luckily, Myers figured it out with the help of his writing team.
When filming began on the Paramount lot, Myers said he wasn't positive the light would stay green on him or the movie, noting that his name was routinely missing from the studio gate entry list and that his first notes back from Paramount on his script were, "I don't get it."
Tia Carrere, pictured here with Mike Myers on Tuesday, still rocks! (Photo: A.M.P.A.S.)
Lorne Michaels, who approved the "Wayne's World" sketch when it first appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and saw it through to its theatrical release as the film's producer, said the note was "meant to be encouraging."
Even after the film was testing through the roof with audiences, Carvey remained as nervous as his Ritalin-popping cable access co-host character Garth. "When you're on 'Saturday Night Live' there's a live audience. You're getting all this feedback. When you go to a [film] preview, even the best laugh, you're just not sure. So we were both kind of worried about our scenes," the 57-year-old actor-comedian explained. But then, Myers and Carvey recalled with a laugh, they were assured audience tests were coming in at "'Ghostbusters' numbers."