Trivia: Wayne's World


  • 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.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Dana Carvey had never heard "Bohemian Rhapsody" before, so he's just pretending to know the words.
    • Dana Carvey ad libbed the question about Bugs Bunny; Myers' reaction is real.
      • The laugh is actually composited from a different joke.
  • Fake Nationality: Cassandra, who comes from Hong Kong, is played by Tia Carrere, an American actress (born and raised in Hawaii) of Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish descent. Wayne's World 2 also has American actress Drew Barrymore playing Bjergen Kjergen, the Swedish receptionist at WPIG Radio.
  • 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 off music videos forever.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Sam Seaborn as Benjamin.
    • Helen Gamble as "psycho hose beast" Stacy.
    • Al Bundy as Mikita's manager Glen.
    • Chris Farley in a cameo as the Almighty Janitor Security Guard (he also plays Milton in 2.)
    • Robert Patrick in a cameo as the T-1000
    • Rock musician Meat Loaf plays a nightclub bouncer in the first film.
    • Terry is Beecher from OZ.
    • Christopher Walken as Bobby Cahn.
    • Ric Olie as Del Preston.
    • Tim Meadows has a small cameo in Wayne's World 2 as the ghost of Sammy Davis Jr.
    • Drew Barrymore has a cameo in Wayne's World 2 as Bjergen Kjergen, the Swedish secretary for WPIG Radio.
    • Derek Smalls, looking his absolute shabbiest, plays "Handsome Dan," the DJ at WPIG.
    • Ted McGinley plays Mr. Scream, the guy whose job it is to scream into a microphone at WPIG radio.
  • 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 Paramont very long to greenlight the sequel.
  • Star-Making Role: The first Wayne's World film was such a hit that it launched Mike Meyer's film career.
  • Teasing Creator: In 2008 Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey reprized their roles as Wayne and Garth for the MTV Movie awards. In 2011 they once again reprized the roles of Wayne and Garth for a SNL skit during an episode hosted by Dana Carvey. Both times this caused fans of the films to excitedly speculate that a third Wayne's World film is in the works, and both times Mike Meyers has had to go on record as saying that it's not happening.
    • And once again the buzz was revived with the guys playing Wayne and Garth on the 40th Anniversary special.
  • 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 tired and just wanted the movie done, they ad-libbed it. Mike Myers' hysterical response to Dana Carvey's question (about whether he found Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played Girl Bunny) was genuine.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: For the early 1990s, before Grunge culture took over. It was a time when Heavy Metal and Hair Metal were still very popular forms of music.
  • 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 Meyers fought for the inclusion of the Queen song. Meyers even threatened to quit the production if he didn't get what he wanted, and eventually the studio gave in to his demand.
    • 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 Meyers 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 Meyers until after the release of the first Austin Powers film.