Rolling Stone Australia


10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Wayne's World'

10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Wayne's World'

If you happen to be in Aurora, Illinois any time over the next six months, be sure to stop by the pop-up replica of Stan Mikita's Donuts. Feel free to take a selfie in a Wayne or Garth wig at the public library, or check out a replica of the Campbell family basement at the community college. Or maybe just enjoy any of the dozens of contests, events and celebrations the town is hosting in honour of the 25th anniversary of the movie Wayne's World.

For a comedy that was shot on a modest budget in 34 days, and then dumped into Australia theatres on July 2nd, 1992, by a skeptical Paramount Pictures, the film – based on a popular Saturday Night Live sketch, featuring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as basement-dwelling, babes-obsessed dofusses – has shown remarkable endurance. People who came of age in the Clinton era can still quote long passages of dialogue. Say "Not!" almost anywhere you go, and folks will giggle knowingly; start humming the instrumental breakdown near the end of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," and watch a legion of passer-bys start banging their head in unison. There's something about these amiable goofballs that still makes fans stand up and go "schwing!"

So as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Wayne's World, here's an assortment of trivia and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the boys from Aurora, and the film that told the inspiring story of their brush with TV fame.



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