‘Wayne’s World’ director doubts Freddie Mercury saw a headbang scene

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Wayne’s World turns 30 this month and, despite its most famous scene involving a Queen mega hit, the film’s director has doubts whether the late Freddie Mercury actually saw the film as others have claimed. .

In late 2020, Queen’s Brian May claimed that shortly before Mercury’s death in 1991 due to complications from AIDS, the band’s legendary frontman had seen the headbanging scene from “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “got it. adored”, giving her approval for the use of the song. within the movie.

“I brought it to Freddie shortly before he left and showed it to him,” May said in a reunion interview with the film’s cast.

“He loved it, he laughed and laughed. He was very weak, but he just smiled and laughed.

Now, in an interview with Screen Rant, Penelope Spheeris, who directed the 1992 comedy, has made a point about the story and doubts May’s version of events is the truth.

“I’ve heard that before, and I guess it’s not true,” she said. “I mean, I think the only person who really knows is Brian May, and maybe we could ask him. If I look at the amount of time between Freddie’s passing and when I finished the movie, it’s really hard to believe anyone had access to a VHS and brought it and showed it to him. On top of that, he was very sick. Someone is going to have to prove it to me… someone can make this up.

Ultimately, there’s no way to tell if he actually watched it unless you see official video footage or photographs of him doing so. All we can do is take May at her word and still enjoy the movie today.

Wayne’s World just received a new Blu-ray release to commemorate the 30th anniversary milestone and is otherwise available to stream on Paramount Plus.

Elizabeth J. Harless