First of all, the town of Aurora, Illinois (Home of Wayne Campbell) is holding a six-month celebration of the film that put them on the map.
I was told that Aurora, Illinois [where the film took place] was doing a celebration. Evidently, it started off as they were going to do a one-month celebration and now it’s turned into, believe it or not, a six-month celebration of Wayne’s World. It’s starting in February and ending on July 4 with a headbanging session to “Bohemian Rhapsody” in an effort to get more people than ever before together to headbang to that song. I can’t believe it. Don’t they have pumpkins or strawberries to celebrate? Isn’t that crazy? - Director Penelope Spheeris
That’s certainly one way to party on. Another way? These facts about the 1992 movie that I was excited to see and that holds up all these twenty-five years later.
1. We all know that Wayne’s World began as a sketch on Saturday Night Live, except not really. Mike Myers actually developed the character of Wayne Campbell as a solo act while he was a member of Second City. When Myers joined the cast of SNL, Garth Algar was added to the premise and played by Dana Carvey.
2. It was a really big deal in 1992 to have Rob Lowe (Benjamin) appear in this film, especially in a somewhat comedic role. Wayne’s World is credited as re-starting Lowe’s career after the sex scandal involving him videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. So I guess we have Myers to thank for Chris Traeger as we know him. In fact, Lowe even says “literally” in a very Traeger way while talking to Wayne and Garth about the arcade sponsorship for their cable access show.
3. Penelope Spheeris has said that Myers was difficult to work with during filming. There’s the story of Myers flipping a table because there was butter but no margarine for his bagel. Myers would later reveal that the 34-day shoot was a blur, because his father’s health was in decline. There’s no word on whether this might explain Myers’ behavior on set.
4. Wayne’s World was the film debut of Myers and Chris Farley. Farley plays the Alice Cooper concert security guard with the interestingly specific plot information concerning Frankie Sharpe, the music producer.
5. Paramount’s Kings Island used to be a theme park in Ohio. When it was still open, there was an outdoor collection of Paramount movie memorabilia. Among the pieces I remember most fondly was the AMC Pacer (or a reasonable facsimile) from this film: The Mirthmobile. There was no Wayne’s World ride, so that blew chunks.
6. The Garth line “Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played a girl bunny?” and the subsequent belly laugh from Wayne were ad-libbed.
7. Like many of the kids of the 90s, Myers and Carvey suffered severe neck pain from their headbanging to “Bohemian Rhapsody”. You can see their attempts to move their heads as little as possible in some of the other scenes of the movie.
8. Carvey’s brother Brad was the muse for his portrayal of Garth. I wonder if the overbite was from his brother as well? Either way, constantly holding his jaw off-kilter to portray Garth led to severe pain. Carvey would spend his time after filming with ice on his face.
9. Tia Carrere (Cassandra) sang on all of the songs performed by her fictitious band Crucial Taunt. Carvey played the drums himself in the music store scene.
10. The flick has three versions of the ending, which play all in a row. There is “The Apocalyptic Ending”, “The Scooby-Doo Ending”, and “The Mega-Happy Ending”. All three of the endings have Benjamin receiving a rectal search.