Wayne’s Planet ranks as 1 of the funniest and most quotable comedies of the 1990s, but that does not imply it was an outstanding encounter for everyone on set. Now, as the sequel nears its 30th anniversary, director Penelope Spheeris reflects on her clashes with star/apparent diva Mike Myers and why she wasn’t asked to return.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Penelope Spheeris pointed to the test screenings as the true point at which her connection with Mike Myers came to a head, stemming from a lack of trust in the director and the viewers. “I got wonderful audience reaction in the testing setting. That is when the crap hit the fan,” she stated. “He wasn’t there to witness the remarkable audience reaction and appear at the test cards and comprehend that we had anything on our hands.” Rather, Myers handed more than 11 pages of notes, which Spheeris stated “sucked” for the most component.
1 adjust Mike Myers attempted to force on Penelope Spheeris saw lots of ego at play: the hilarious moment when Lara Flynn Boyle’s horrible present-providing ex Stacy runs her bike into a parked automobile and flies more than the hood, apparently mainly because it took away from Wayne and Garth. “Mike didn’t want it in there mainly because she was having the laugh, not him,..That is the way Lorne teaches his players — to generally 1-up 1 yet another.” Could the bit have been reduce? Certain, Boyle has lots of stalker ex-girlfriend moments that we get who she is, but it does boost the hockey scene. Game on!
An additional scene Myers didn’t obtain outstanding was the now-iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene due to how considerably headbanging the group had to do. Of course, it went on to turn into the movie’s signature moment and even got the Queen classic nominated by the American Film Institute has 1 of the one hundred greatest film songs ever…But I also feel “Foxy Lady” must have been in the operating.
At the urging of executive producer Lorne Michaels, it fell on Spheeris to inform Myers which alterations she wouldn’t make. It is right here that 1 may well take note that Spheeris didn’t direct Wayne’s Planet two, becoming replaced by Stephen Surjik (Little ones in the Hall).
Regardless of the bond that ties so quite a few SNL alum — Penelope Spheeris was generating Albert Brooks shorts in the early days whilst Mike Myers was cast member from 1989 to 1995 — the two by no means worked with each other once again. So if Wayne’s Planet three ever takes place, you can neglect her involvement.
How do you really feel about Penelope Spheeris’ stories about Mike Myers? Did her absence from the sequel show? Do you favor the initially or second Wayne’s Planet? Let us know!