The Story Of How ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Almost Destroyed Wayne’s World

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Wayne’s World is one of the most quoted movies of all time. Not only is the movie from SNL alums Mike Myers and Dana Carvey hilarious, it also introduced an entire new generation to Queen. The infamous “I will we’ll go with a little Bohemian Rhapsody, gentleman” scene almost didn’t happen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUAitHlJMvw

In a recent interview with Marc Maron, Wayne-actor Mike Myers said the producers of the film didn’t want to use that song for the sing-along scene. In fact, the producers had decided that Myers was actually becoming too difficult to work with. But, he knew the song had to be in the movie.

“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 [but not the right fit].”

Mike Myers Talks Wayne’s World Soundtrack

Wayne’s World Soundtrack | Photo Credit Amazon

“Queen, at that point, not by me and not by hard-core fans, but the public had sort of forgotten about them. 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,” said Myers on the podcast.

“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 didn’t indicate which song the producers wanted in the film, but it was likely something like “Welcome to the Jungle” or “Paradise City.” While these songs are popular, they’re not iconic and also somewhat funny.

They still could have done the joke about Garth not knowing the words but they couldn’t have re-introduced the word “Scaramouche” like the Queen song did.

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