The Best Revelations from Mike Myers' WTF Podcast: 'Wayne's World,' 'Shrek,' and More
Once one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Mike Myers hasn’t been seen on the big screen since his cameo in Inglourious Basterds in 2009. Other than providing a Scottish brogue for a certain surly animated ogre, he’s all but dropped out of the movies. Now, Myers is back in a different role, as the director of Supermensch, a documentary in select theaters now about music manager and legendary schmoozer Shep Gordon. As he returns to the public eye, he’s starting to open up about a few of the rumors — or, as he refers to them, “Paul Bunyan-esque lore” — that have followed him over the course of his career. His most revealing interview to date may be his visit to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, which went live on Monday. Here are 9 things we learned about Myers from listening to his conversation with Maron.
—Comedy ultimately brought Myers fame, but he was a pretty serious kid; at age 12, his biggest passions were architecture and French New Wave films. “I thought I was going to be John Cassavetes…. I thought I was going to create a film movement called Canadian neo-realism,” he told Maron.
—Myers is aware of his reputation for being “difficult,” and said it came from being involved in so many aspects of his films. “What people don’t realize is that I write, create and own the things that I do. So when I call up the marketing department, they go, ‘That’s not in the movie star handbook. You’re not supposed to call up the marketing department.’ And I go, ‘What should I do?… I’m the producer and the creator and the owner of this thing that I wrote.’”
—One thing Myers is proud of sticking up for is the “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene in Wayne’s World, his first movie. The producers wanted to replace the classic rock song by Queen with one by Guns N’ Roses, a more popular band in 1991. “I fought really, really hard for it. At one point I said to everybody, ‘Well, I’m out, I don’t want to make this movie if it’s not ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’” he recalled. After the release of the film, the 1975 song went to no. 1 for the second time.
—Another of his ideas for Wayne’s World was to “take a page out of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” and set the movie in an ambiguous time period. “I was 30 at the time, playing an indeterminate aged teenager, and it was 1991 that we shot it, with music and a car from 1974. So you weren’t quite sure what year it was,” he said. “I was trying to make an immaculate universe. It truly was Wayne’s world, if you will.”