Easy come, easy go! A crucial element in one of the most memorable rock ‘n’ roll movie moments ever, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was almost cut from 1992’s Wayne’s World.
The classic comedy’s star, Mike Myers, recently spoke about his role in the flick, and touched on the inclusion of Queen’s trademark song.
“An example of something I fought very, very hard for, and it was my first movie — it was ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in Wayne’s World,” Myers, 51, told Marc Maron in his WTF podcast. “They wanted Guns N’ Roses. Guns N’ Roses were very, very popular, they were a fantastic band…”
At the time of shooting, the members of Queen had sold their most successful records decades before, while Guns N’ Roses had just entered rock superstardom with the release of 1987’s Appetite for Destruction and 1988’s G N’ R Lies.
“Queen, at that point — not by me and not by hardcore fans — but the public had sort of forgotten about them,” Myers continued. “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.'”
Thankfully for Myers fans everywhere, director Penelope Spheeris relented, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” made it in, cementing movie history. “Bohemian Rhapsody” became one of the defining moments in Wayne’s World, providing a quintessential scene in which Wayne (Myers), Garth (Dana Carvey), and their pals belt out the high-pitched lyrics to the Queen track, while cruising in a car.
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