Mike Myers Had to Fight for Queen on the ‘Wayne’s World’ Soundtrack
One of the most memorable movie moments of the '90s wouldn't have been as distinctive if Mike Myers hadn't stubbornly insisted on having his way.
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.