Mike Myers Had to Fight for Queen on the ‘Wayne’s World’ Soundtrack
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Myers, who co-wrote the screenplay for the ‘Wayne’s World’ movie based on his hit ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch starring himself and Dana Carvey as a pair of lovable doofuses who host the world’s greatest cable access TV show from a basement, recently revealed to podcast host Marc Maron that the movie’s signature scene — in which Myers and Carvey rock out to Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in a 1976 AMC Pacer with three of their friends — would have had a completely different soundtrack if he’d followed the studio’s notes.
Responding to a line of questioning about his reputation for being “difficult” on the set, Myers mused, “An example of something I fought very, very hard for, and it was my first movie: It was ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in ‘Wayne’s World.’ They wanted Guns N’ Roses. Guns N’ Roses were very, very popular. They were a fantastic band.”
At the time ‘Wayne’s World’ was being filmed, Queen were nowhere near as hip as GNR, but Myers didn’t care. “Queen, at that point — not by me and not by hardcore fans, but the public had sort of forgotten about them,” he said. “Freddie [Mercury] had gotten sick, the last time we had seen them was on Live Aid, and then there were a few albums after where they were sort of straying away from their arena-rock roots. But I always loved ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ I thought it was a masterpiece. So I fought really, really hard for it. And at one point I said, ‘Well, I’m out. I don’t want to make this movie if it’s not ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.'”
Myers — and Queen — received plenty of vindication in the weeks after ‘Wayne’s World’ arrived in theaters; reissued to radio 16 years after originally cracking the Top 10, the single soared back up the charts, hitting No. 2 on the pop chart in early 1992. Moral of the story? Sometimes “difficult” rocks.