How Mike Myers, Lorne Michaels Faced Off With ‘Wayne’s World’ Director – The Hollywood Reporter

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in ‘Wayne’s World’

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Wayne’s Planet director Penelope Spheeris is setting the record straight about rumored clashes with star Mike Myers on the set of 1992’s Wayne’s Planet — the initial scripted function for each of them.

“It was not an uncomfortable set,” Spheeris, 77, tells THR‘s It Occurred in Hollywood podcast. “Mike is hypoglycemic, so if he got low-blood sugar he could get grumpy. So large deal. I worked with Richard Pryor and Albert Brooks. They’ll result in you a heart attack.”

Spheeris says the discord started following filming had wrapped and the completed film was screened for test audiences. Myers’ father died at that time, so he returned to Canada for the funeral and missed these early screenings.

“I got terrific audience reaction in the testing setting. That is when the crap hit the fan,” Spheeris recalls. “He wasn’t there to witness the extraordinary audience reaction and appear at the test cards and understand that we had anything on our hands.”

Alternatively Myers watched the film alone and wrote 11 pages of notes — numerous of them recommendations for cuts — single-spaced on a legal pad.

“Most of them sucked,” says Spheeris.

Amongst the cuts Myers’ wanted was a scene in which Lara Flynn Boyle, who plays an ex-girlfriend nonetheless pining for Wayne, crashes her bike into a auto. “Mike didn’t want it in there for the reason that she was receiving the laugh, not him,” Spheeris explains. “That’s the way Lorne teaches his players — to constantly one particular-up one particular an additional.”

Myers also had his doubts about one particular of the most iconic sequences in the film: when Wayne, Garth (Dana Carvey) and pals lip-sync to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the 1976 AMC Pacer referred to as the Mirthmobile.

“They hated performing it. They hated banging their head in the auto. It hurt. [Metallica’s] James Hetfield, all these headbangers, they’re utilized to it. These guys weren’t utilized to performing that. They didn’t have the muscle tissues in their neck and it began hurting genuine terrible. They began asking for Advil on the set,” Spheeris recalls. “The worst component is Mike mentioned not only does it hurt, it is not funny.”

Spheeris strongly opposed Myers’ recommendations and told producer Lorne Michaels and Paramount executives the film would endure creatively — and comedically — have been she to execute them.

“Lorne took me aside and mentioned, ‘Penelope, if you do not alter the film, you will not be in a position to direct Wayne’s Planet two. Mike’s not going to approve you,’” she recalls.

Paramount execs told her: “We genuinely want to do Wayne’s Planet two with Mike. We’re not going to inform him you will not alter it — you have to inform him. And Lorne mentioned, ‘I’m not telling him, you inform him.’”

“So I told him,” Spheeris says. “And I got canned.”

Though Spheeris agreed to a handful of Myers’ modifications, it is largely her vision audiences saw on screens. And saw it they did: The film grossed $183 million worldwide, or $400 million in 2023.

When a sequel was straight away place into production later that year, Spheeris was replaced by Stephen Surjik, a Canadian director who had worked with Michaels on the sketch show The Children in the Hall.

When she received the news, Spheeris pulled her telephone out of the wall and “cried for two weeks. And then I got more than it,” she says. Wayne’s Planet two grossed $48 million worldwide, or $102 million currently.

Spheeris and Michaels never ever spoke once more, regardless of obtaining recognized every single other and collaborated with each other given that 1976 on the initial season of SNL, exactly where she worked on brief films.

Myers did not straight away respond to THR’s request for comment.

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