Mike Myers: Lorne Michaels Wanted Him to Make This Film, Not ‘Wayne’s World’
Mike Myers recently took part in an event during the Netflix Is A Joke comedy festival in support of his new Netflix series, The Pentaverate, but he also brought up some interesting details about his past successes.
Per Variety, Myers talked about being invited to the Hamptons home of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and how he was going to use the invite to pitch his idea for the Wayne’s World movie. However, Michaels had another film in mind he wanted Myers to do.
Myers said, “So he pitched me a movie. He said, ‘I want you to do a remake of ‘The Graduate.” And I said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’ He said, ‘I just offered you a f—ing movie!'” Myers then told Michaels, “‘The Graduate’ doesn’t need to be remade. A little man should not stand in a great man’s shoes. It’s a perfect film.”
Obviously, Michaels would come around to the making of the movie version of the popular SNL sketch. But then, Michaels and Myers would have a disagreement on the use of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” during the film’s now-iconic car scene. Myers would say in an appearance on Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade that Michaels kept trying to convince him to use a song from Guns N’ Roses.
Myers said, “Lorne kept putting under [my office door] the ‘Billboard’ Hot 100 and it was all Guns N’ Roses, Guns N’ Roses, Guns N’ Roses.” And just like he did when he first pitched the Wayne’s World movie, Myers held his ground, and the rest is film history.