Freddie Mercury saw Wayne’s World scene before he died and ‘burst out laughing’ | Movies | Entertainment
It might not be the most romantic movie you could imagine, but Wayne’s World was released in the United States on Valentine’s Day in 1992. The movie wasn’t just a massive box-hit- office, he is also credited with reviving Queen’s career in the United States. . After the band ended up in the desert following prude reactions from US TV and the public to their cross-dressing hilarity in the I Want TO Break Free video, it took a spoof film about stereotypical heterosexual slackers for their restore success across the Atlantic. . Freddie never lived to see it happen, but Brian insists he immediately knew what the film would do for their music when he saw a secret preview.
It’s all thanks to Wayne’s World star Mike Myers, who fought the studio’s wishes for a Guns ‘n Roses song in the headbanging car scene. But first, he had to get permission from the queen.
Brian recalls: “I didn’t know Mike Myers but he called me out of the blue and said, ‘We did this amazing sequence in our new movie – can we have your approval?’ ”
The guitarist said he was specifically given a snippet of the scene to show his dying friend: “I took it to Freddie, who wasn’t in good shape at the time. He was… . confined to his bed, but I took I played it and he played it and he loved it. Oddly enough, the humor was pretty close to ours. Because we were doing that kind of stuff in the car, bouncing on our own tracks!”
In another live-streamed interview about the making of the film, Wayne’s World Reunited Apart, Brian explained how it happened and Freddie’s extraordinary response to the stunned filmmakers and actors, including Mike Myers.
He said: “I think you, Mike, brought the tape to me and I brought it to Freddie shortly before he went to show it to him. You know, you said you wanted to have it. approval.
“He loved it. He was laughing and laughing. He was very weak, but he just smiled and laughed and said, ‘Yeah, is that wonderful?'”
Brian says he’s sure Freddie not only enjoyed the humor and homage, he also knew it was something of a rebirth for the band in America.
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Brian added: “He (Freddie) was known to say, ‘Look, you know, I guess I have to die before I get America back.
“But you did. You brought us back to a new American audience. And Freddie was very aware of that. You should know that. He went to the next place knowing what happened and enjoying it. ..
“One we found it hilarious and two we found it rewarding. We released an album and that skit I think was responsible for the success of the album. I have to say we loved the movie as well .”
Brian also spoke of the band’s own reactions to their most famous song: “It’s a masterful job but with the Freddie stuff and with the Queen stuff there was always a bit of a joke, you know, and I think you got hung up on this.
“I remember us, when the track was on the radio…and the middle track was on, we still do it.” Brian mimics banging his head just like the characters in the movie. “It’s human instinct.”
It’s wonderful to think of how much fun it would have brought Freddie, although the film’s director, Penelope Spheeris, disputes whether it actually happened.
Freddie died on November 24, 1991, three months before the film was released. However, the film was filmed in 1991, so it’s possible that rough cuts of the headbanging scene could have somehow been transferred to a VHS tape and shown to the ailing star.