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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?


    The term is decades if not centuries old. My father has been using the joke since at least the 40's.

    Please don't assume that everything some 25 year old thinks they know, or everything you find on a discussion board on the net, is true.
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    Stan Mikita's Doughuts is a parody on the Canadian chain Tim Horton's doughnuts.

    Both Horton and Mikita were top hockey players. Horton went on to start his doughnut chain before getting killed in a car accident.

    Don't know much more about them then that, not really into hockey.
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    Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played girl bunny?


    Neither did I. I was just asking.

    Wayne's World III would be a disaster.
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    The "No Stairway" sign in the music store in Wayne's World was borrowed from Steve's Music on Queen Street in Toronto; although since then similar signs have appeared in music stores around the world, often updated to include whatever current popular song the kids insist on playing over and over and over.
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    wayne's world two was a flop? Denied!

    i didn't know that i always loved them both equally, i have the double boxed set on both VHS and DVD i think they're both awesome, but then after the austin powers sequels and the love guru i'd be tentative about wanting WW III
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    "A gun rack? A gun rack. What am I going to do with a gun rack? I don't even own A gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack! What am I going to do with a gun rack?"
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    "I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turns out I was just really bored."

    In "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me",Mike Myers does part of the "zip it" scene in a foreign language, which sounds suspiciously like the Cantonese he learned to impress Vanessa.
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    I remember seeing the movie in theaters, and LMAO at the "No Stairway" scene. But on viewing the video some time later, I was devastated that it wasn't there. What happened?
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    "Please don’t assume that everything some 25 year old thinks they know, or everything you find on a discussion board on the net, is true."

    Well, that's where we learned it from. Sorry if it's not the "true" source. Please don't assume that younger people know the entire history of every random phrase we've ever heard growing up... most of us learned the origins of phrases before this whole interwebs thing existed and we could look up the OMGSCIENTIFICLYTRUEHISTORY of everything we learned in our childhoods.
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    @Nurse Karen "You know one of these days you're going to lose me!"


    Ed O'Neil had my favorite lines though.
    "I'd never done a crazy thing in my life before that night. Why is it, that if a man kills another man in battle it's called heroic; yet if he kills a man in the heat of passion, it's called murder?"

    Davy: Know what I'd like to do?
    Mikita's Manager, Glen: Yeah I know what you'd like to do. You'd like to find the guy who did it, rip his still beating heart out of his chest and hold it in front of his face so he can see how black it is before he dies.
    Davy: Actually, I was thinking of filing a grievance with the union.
    Mikita's Manager, Glen: Well, the world's a twisted place.
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    I don't know why, but I always liked this part

    Garth- "She makes me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class."

    think that's how it goes. Ill watch it tomorrow to see :P hehe
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    @bendistraw "Lose you? I lost you two months ago. We broke up! Are you mental? Get the net!"

    My friend and I dressed up as Wayne and Garth for Halloween in our senior year in high school. Drove in to the school parking lot in the morning blasting "Bohemian Rhapsody," naturally.
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    "if it's a severed head, i'm going to be very upset."

    "ribbed for her pleasure. eeeewwwwwww"

    *wayne opens a door to reveal a room full of ninja's*
    Garth: whoa. what are they for?
    Wayne: oh nothing, i just always wanted to open a door on a room of ninja's training, like in a bond flick" (or something like that.)

    "oh no mr.doughnut man! who's trying to kill you?"
    "i dunno but they better not!"
    "ree! ree! ree! ree!"
    "oh no! that doesn't feel very good!"
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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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    cool, I didn't know most of it!
    I loooove when they say 'Asphincter says what?' and "wayne's world... wayne's world.. party time... excellent"
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