Freddie Mercury Saw ‘Wayne’s World’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Scene Before He Died… Here’s What He Thought About It
We are almost sure to film the opening scene of Wayne’s World was great fun for the actors – they literally got paid to play “Bohemian Rhapsody”. But before the scene hit the big screen, she had to get the approval of the band she was honoring, Queen. Singer Freddie Mercury himself loved the scene, and here’s what he had to say about it.
The opening scene
Released in 1992, Wayne’s World debuted in theaters on Valentine’s Day and, while not a very romantic film, was a major box office hit. Starring Mike Myers as Wayne and Dana Carvey as Garth, the film centers on two rock-obsessed friends who try to save their show from being taken over by a major production company.
The film’s opening scene shows Garth picking up Wayne in his AMC Pacer, alongside team members Terry and Alan. They also pick up another friend, Phil, along the way. When Wayne walks in, he suggests playing the “Bohemian Rhapsody” tape and all the boys start singing along spectacularly to the six-minute rock anthem. As the song progresses, they have to rock harder and harder towards the iconic song.
Application for approval
Originally, producer Lorne Michaels wanted the song to be by the band Guns ‘N Roses, but Myers insisted on “Bohemian Rhapsody”. He remembers driving and singing the song with friends while growing up in Toronto. Going against the studio’s wishes, he called Queen guitarist Brian May to see if he could send him the opening clip and possibly get the band’s approval before the film was released the following year.
Freddie’s reaction to the scene
Reflect on the event in a meeting with members of the Wayne’s World cast, including Myers, May recalled that “You, Mike, brought me the tape, a VHS or something, I think, and I brought it to Freddie shortly before he was born. show it to him, because you said you wanted that endorsement. May explained that at the time, Freddie Mercury was not doing very well because he was weakened by complications from AIDS. Nevertheless, Mercury enjoyed the clip.
Mercury gave Myers his approval. “He loved it, he laughed and laughed. He was very weak, but he just smiled and laughed, and said, ‘Yeah, that’s wonderful,'” May said. Mercury died shortly thereafter, in November 1991. He was only 45 years old.
The film’s box office success provided Queen with an upsurge of American fans, and before Mercury’s passing he knew the effect the film would have on the band. It brought Queen back to America. Although he never got to see it for himself, he enjoyed the exposure he knew the film would provide.
The success of the biopic
Queen enjoyed continued success after its leader’s death, continuing to perform in honor of Freddie Mercury with new vocalist Adam Lambert. Additionally, the biopic film, Bohemian Rhapsody, since its release in 2018, has provided Queen Productions Ltd with nearly £200 million in revenue. Split equally between surviving band members Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and the estate of the late Freddie Mercury, each won over £70m.
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The titular song, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, also went on to provide the group with continued success and is the most streamed song of the 20th century. It has been listened to nearly two billion times.