Movie Trivia: Wayne's World. Zang!

Is there anyone who doesn't know at least 75 percent of the lines in Wayne's World? It gets busted out in our house quite a bit. As much as we quote it, though, I certainly didn't know most of the stuff below before I started researching, and hopefully you didn't either. Party on.

  • Mike Myers came up with Wayne back in Canada, when he would bust the cable access host out as a party trick.

  • Garth was based in part on Dana Carvey's brother, Brad, who invented the Video Toaster (it's not actually a toaster).
  • Penelope Spheeris was chosen to direct largely because she had just done The Decline of Western Civilization Part II, The Metal Years. When she was asked to direct, she had to make her choice between doing Wayne's World and filming a documentary on the criminally insane at Patton State Hospital. Obviously, she went with WW.

  • The movie had to be made quickly in July and August because all of the SNL cast members had to be back to New York to shoot by Labor Day. The schedule was so tight that Dana shot his last scene, then jumped in the limo waiting outside of the soundstage door and rushed off to the airport in full makeup to catch a flight home to NYC because he was due on the set of Saturday Night Live.

  • Dana Carvey really does drum in the movie - if you're a Dana Carvey fan, you probably already know that. He's an amateur drummer. Likewise, Tia Carrere also did all of her own singing and bass playing.
  • Dana Carvey and Mike Myers both said that they got really sore necks from headbanging in the Bohemian Rhapsody scene.

  • Donna Dixon, the actress/model who plays the babe Garth is in love with, is actually the wife of another SNL alum - Dan Aykroyd. Completely unrelated to the movie, Donna Dixon used to date Paul Stanley from KISS around 1981.

  • In the scene at Stan Mikita's near the beginning, the girl serving the coffee and wearing the Blackhawks jersey was Mike Myers' girlfriend at the time. They later got married (and divorced).

  • Penelope Spheeris actually directed the video for Dream Weaver, which Wayne hears in his head when he spots Cassandra for the first time. It was being used as Wayne's "dream woman" music even back in the SNL skit days, before Penelope Spheeris was ever attached to it, but it's still an interesting bit of coincidence.
  • If you watch the French version of the movie, you'll hear "Chooing!" instead of the trademark "Schwing!"

  • Alan, one of Wayne and Garth's headbanger friends, is played by Michael DeLuise, Dom DeLuise's son. He's the one who says, "Do I frighten you? ...Do you want me to?" to Noah Vanderhoff's wife. He's also the jerk boyfriend in Encino Man.

  • If you've ever watched the scene where Garth is working on the mechanical hand in the studio and wondered what in the heck that was all about, it's because it's part of a backstory we weren't privy to. According to Dana Carvey, Garth had kind of caught on to what Rob Lowe's character was up to - exploiting the guys and going after Wayne's girl. So he devised this mechanical hand to kill Benjamin and was working on it when Benjamin himself walked over, sending the hand into a frenzy. Garth was worried that the hand was going to kill him right then and there in front of everyone, so he had to bash it to death with a hammer before it strangled Benjamin. So now you know.
  • With the popularity of "That's what she said" on The Office, I think we tend to forget that the phrase was really popularized with Wayne's World. At least I forgot.
  • Have a favorite Wayne's World line or moment? Share it in the comments. Rumor has it that Mike Myers has been working on the script for WW 3 - what do you think about that? Could it be done so many years later, and would it be a flop like WW 2 was?

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    Dana's brother invented nothing, according to the source. He engineered a prototype.

    from the cited wikipedia article "The Video Toaster was designed by NewTek founder Tim Jenison in Topeka, Kansas. Engineer Brad Carvey (brother of American actor/comedian Dana Carvey) built the first wire wrap prototype,"

    So Tim *invented* it.
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