Trivia / Wayne's World

  • B-Team Sequel: Penelope Spheeris, who directed the first film, was approached by Paramount to direct the sequel. Spheeris immediately declined the offer due to the fact that Mike Myers had been so difficult to work with during the making of the first film. Instead Stephen Surjik was chosen to direct Wayne's World 2. Spheeris would not make peace with Mike Myers until after the release of the first Austin Powers film.
  • California Doubling: Both films are set in Illinois, but mountains and palm trees seen in some scenes reveal that it was shot in California.
  • Career Resurrection: The film revived Rob Lowe's career following his sex-tape scandal.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Dana Carvey really did play Garth's incredible drum solo.
    • Tia Carrere really does her own singing in the first film.
    • Alice Cooper really is a Badass Bookworm in real life.
    • Mike Myers speaks fluent Cantonese. Wayne's dialogue in the language is 100% authentic, if profoundly accented.
  • Creator Backlash: Carvey has expressed embarrassment over the sequel, which was rushed into production after the surprise success of the first film, though most of what he dislikes about the film is how unconvincing he looks as Garth, who is supposed to be much younger than him.
  • Creative Differences: Mike Myers and Penelope Spheeris argued over the final cut of the film. Myers then blocked Spheeris from directing the sequel.
  • Defictionalization: As of the film's 25th anniversary, you can visit Noah's Arcade in the real life town of Aurora, Illinois, inside local restaurant Luigi's Pizza and Fun Center.
    • Back when Paramount owned a chain of regional theme parks, they added Wayne's World themed rollercoasters called "the Hurler" to some of the park and this included actual Stan Mikita's Donuts restaurants; when CBS (successor to the old Viacom) sold the parks to Cedar Fair, the Paramount theming was removed and the Stan Mikita's became other restaurants.
  • Dawson Casting: The film never directly states Wayne and Garth's ages, but they're supposed to be in their early 20s. Myers was 29 and Carvey was 37 when the first film was released. Carvey has talked about how embarrassed he is about how old he looks in the sequel.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Dana Carvey had never heard "Bohemian Rhapsody" before, so he's just pretending to know the words.
    • Wayne laughing while he and Garth talk about cartoons was a real and unscripted reaction from Myers due to being delirious from exhaustion.
  • Fake Nationality: Cassandra, who comes from Hong Kong, is played by Tia Carrere, an American actress (born and raised in Hawai'i) of Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish descent. She was not fluent in Cantonese, so this complicated some scenes.
  • Follow the Leader: The first movie's success inspired the productions of all succeeding Saturday Night Live movies.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Cassandra's horrible jungle themed music video in the first movie is a possible reference to Pearl Jam, who reportedly went through the same thing for their song Even Flow. They were so unhappy with the finished result they prevented its release and swore to not make a music video for their next three albums (with Yield breaking the streak).
  • Life Imitates Art: Many guitar stores really do have signs telling patrons not to play "Stairway to Heaven," since it's massively overplayed by guitarists who frankly aren't all that good at guitar.
  • The Red Stapler: Wayne's World gave the AMC Pacer the kitsch appeal that makes it a collectible today.
  • Revival by Commercialization:
    • Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" disappeared from the charts for almost two decades; after the first movie, it was back in the Top 10.
    • Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll" also received a boost in popularity after it was featured in Wayne's World 2.
  • Sleeper Hit: Nobody expected the first Wayne's World film to be as successful as it was. Although it was made on a modest $20 million budget, it remained the number 1 film at the box office for five weeks after its release and ended up grossing $121,697,323 in the United States alone. The film also became a pop culture phenomenon, with words like "schwing" and "that's what she said" entering the popular lexicon and the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" becoming a hit with a new generation of young people who had never heard it before. It didn't take Paramount very long to greenlight the sequel.
  • Star-Making Role: The first Wayne's World film was such a hit that it launched Mike Myers's film career. It was also Tia Carrere's first starring role (though she had done minor film and television roles earlier), and vaulted her to stardom.
  • Teasing Creator: Myers and Carvey have reprised their roles to make a few appearances, causing fans to speculate that a third film is underway. Myers has shot down these rumors every time.
  • Technology Marches On: Wayne's World being a cable access show and their main sponsor being an arcade both date the first film. Most do-it-yourself media is made for the internet, and arcades were made largely obsolete by home consoles. Another that happened more rapidly was Cassandra's amazement over the CD player Wayne had in the Mirthmobile. A CD player cheap enough for even someone stuck driving a Pacer would become pretty easy to find within a couple years of the film's release.
  • Throw It In!
    • The scene with Wayne and Garth talking on the hood of their car was the last scene filmed. Since everyone was delirious from an exhausting shoot, just wanted the movie done, they ad-libbed it. Mike Myers hysterical response was genuine.
    • The reason Wayne and Garth rarely turn their heads to look at one another, instead turning their entire torsos in one anther's direction, was the result of everyone's neck getting sore from doing so many takes of the headbanging scene.
  • Troubled Production: While the film was finished on-time and on-budget, it was a grueling experience for all involved.
    • Myers' father was dying during the shoot, and he says he barely remembers filming because of the emotional strain.
    • Myers was also constantly fighting Executive Meddling from producers who didn't "get" the film and wanted to make a number of changes that Myers categorically refused to make.
    • Director Penelope Spheeris said that she had to shoot each scene three times, once Myers' way, once Carvey's way, and once Lorne Michael's way. she also fought with Myers over the final cut of the film. Spheeris did not return for the sequel.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The state of rock music is set firmly in the early nineties, in the last moments before grunge started to dominate the American rock scene.
    • The film's premise is based on cable access shows that have been completely supplanted by YouTube and other online media.
    • The Product Placement scene parodies ad campaigns of its time. The Nuprin brand of ibuprofen stopped being sold in America shortly after the film released. Wayne also quotes Pepsi's then-current slogan, "The choice of a new generation," which had already been replaced by the time the film released.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Mike Myers wanted Federico Fellini to direct the sequel. Paramount, thinking Myers was joking, quickly squashed that idea.
    • Apparently, the brief scene with Garth and Benjamin where Garth is working on some sort of robotic arm then smashes it with a hammer, is a remnant of an aborted subplot where Garth would've tried to kill Benjamin.
    • The studio wanted to use a Guns N' Roses track instead of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", but Mike Myers fought for the inclusion of the Queen song. Myers even threatened to quit the production if he didn't get what he wanted, and eventually the studio gave in to his demand.
    • Mike Myers' original idea for Waynes World 2 was as a remake of the 1949 British comedy Passport to Pimlico. He went ahead and wrote the script without checking whether Paramount Studios had obtained the rights first. By the time it went into pre-production it was too late. Buying the rights at that late stage would have delayed the release and cost the studio millions of dollars. Paramount exec Sherry Lansing brought Myers to her office and angrily yelled at him, threatening to sue him and take away his house unless he rewrote the screenplay. A chastened Myers agreed and wrote a new story for Waynes World 2.
    • Nirvana was offered a part in the sequel as one of the performers in Waynestock and they were even shown a rough cut of the film to try to persuade them but they eventually declined.
  • Wish Fulfillment: Mike Myers had said that he wanted to do public access when he first became a performer, but didn't want to go through the sea of paper work to make it happen. The Wayne character was his way of getting the experience without the burden of bureaucracy.
  • Write What You Know: Mike Myers, like Wayne, had a an obsessive ex girlfriend who bought him a gun rack (albeit as a joke) in the hopes that it would convince him to get back with her. She was reportedly furious when she saw the finished film.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: The script for the sequel was still incomplete and several roles were yet to be cast only a month before filming was set to begin. With few other projects scheduled for release that winter, however, Paramount rushed the film into production.
  • You Look Familiar: Chris Farley has a cameo in the first film as a security guard (who provides a lot of seemingly useless information); in the second film, he plays a member of Wayne's crew named Milton.


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