Myers said there was another song from a different band in play, but for him, “Bohemian Rhapsody” had the right comic value. He says:
“But what I remember most about this was fighting very, very hard for it to be ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ and they didn’t want to do it. They wanted to do Guns N’ Roses, which I love Guns N’ Roses, but I didn’t have anything funny for it. And then Lorne [Michaels – ‘Saturday Night Live’ creator and producer] was like, ‘You really want it?’ I went, ‘Yeah.’ So Lorne fought for it on my behalf. Lorne Michaels, and Dana and I talked about five days ago, about [how] our neck’s still hurt from ‘ba ba ba bom bom bom bom.'”
It’s hard to think of a Guns N’ Roses song that would have been as epic, as much as I love the music. The only one that comes to mind that could work in a narrative is “November Rain,” but it’s not exactly a funny song. Sure, it has tempo changes and a story, but it doesn’t have the range-y vocals and the sense of fun that “Bohemian Rhapsody” has. It’s not that kind of song. Just thinking of these guys in the back of Garth’s “Mirthmobile” singing and headbanging, with a nauseated buddy’s need to “spew,” as the film says, being part of the song and the story still makes me laugh.
/Film – ‘Slash Film: Mike Myers Had To Fight To Get Bohemian Rhapsody For That Famous Wayne’s World Scene’
Author: Jenna Busch
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January 13, 2023