10 Best Moments at Last Night's Wayne's World Reunion
Ross Ching From left to right: Lara Flynn Boyle, director Penelope Spheeris, Mike Myers, producer Lorne Michaels, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Dana Carvey and executive producer Hawk Koch
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Last night, the cast and crew of the SNL sketch-turned-feature Wayne's World gathered at the Academy -- of all places -- to celebrate the film's 21st anniversary. (It probably helped that host Hawk Koch, executive producer of Wayne's World, currently serves as Academy president.) There were no signs of any residual, alleged animosity between Mike Myers and co-star Dana Carvey or director Penelope Spheeris. But just in case, no interviews were allowed during the reception prior to the pre-screening panel and Koch kept his questions neutral during the Q&A.
It played more like a family reunion -- a hugging fest with people who probably haven't seen or talked to each other in ages. Tia Carrere showed a photo of her daughter on her phone with co-stars Lowe, Myers and Carvey. Lowe jumped into Myers' individual photo op moment to kiss him on the cheek. Everyone simply seemed to want to celebrate the fruit of their labor from over two decades ago and rehash the good times had in the process -- especially the fans, who, according to Koch, bought out all the tickets to this event within ninety seconds of it going on sale.
So for those of you who weren't as quick on the trigger, here are the highlights from the panel, which included Myers, Carvey, Lowe, Spheeris and producer Lorne Michaels:
10. Myers, who created the characters, was inspired by having been a "heavy metal kid in the suburbs of Toronto" who "got obsessed with cable access."
9. For a while, he didn't know if the movie was even going to be made because they routinely didn't have his name at the Paramount gate and the note he'd gotten on the script was, "I didn't get it." Myers admitted, "I didn't think they were going to release the movie."
8. Lowe also didn't get Wayne's World when he hosted SNL. And when Myers asked him which sketch he'd like to be a part of, he opted for Sprockets. "That's when they dropped the cue cards," Myers recalled, "[and were] furiously doing rewrites on air."
7. When Michaels called Lowe to be a part of the film, Lowe was actually on the way to be married. "You still took the call," Michaels joked.
6. Not only was this Myers' first movie and thus had to learn about being on set (and what a mark was), he actually didn't know how to drive at the time. So he was enrolled into Sears driving school, where the teacher apparently told him, "I'm praying for you, Mr. Myers."