In this episode of the Wayne's World Rewatch, Cory and Nathan are full of ambition to do something mega as they discuss "Wayne's World 2."
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Penelope Spheeris, who directed the first film, believes that Myers encouraged the studio not to have her back for the sequel due to personality conflicts with Myers during the making of the first film. She went on to direct another TV to big screen adaptation, The Beverly Hillbillies, instead and was replaced by Stephen Surjik for the sequel.
Mike Myers wanted Federico Fellini to direct. Paramount, thinking Myers was joking, quickly squashed that idea.
Myers' original script for Wayne's World 2 had Wayne and Garth forming their own country and seceding from the US after finding an ancient scroll, in a story taken from the 1949 British comedy Passport to Pimlico. This version was well into pre-production before it came to light that the studio had no idea the script was based on a previous film and thus had not obtained the rights to Passport to Pimlico. Production was immediately halted—director Surjik said: "I could hear the chainsaws literally chopping the sets down." Studio executive Sherry Lansing was reportedly furious with Myers and threatened to ruin his life and career if he did not immediately produce a new script.
Kim Basinger said, when discussing working with Dana Carvey, "I honestly thought I was going to get fired because I could not keep a straight face. I never really looked into his eyes. I could never do it. I would focus on a piece of his hair and say" Be really cool Kim". And then when he started to kiss me, I just came apart." Dana Carvey said that making out with Kim Basinger was just awful. He added that he actually felt very bad for her because "kissing Garth is like kissing a moving truck. The guy is so nervous, he's always weaving around".
Nirvana was offered a part in the film as one of the performers in Waynestock and band members Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were even shown a rough cut of the film to try to persuade them but they eventually declined.
The story that the roadie keeps telling, about having to fill a brandy glass with brown M&Ms for Ozzy Osbourne, is based on a true story that has become a bit of an urban legend. Van Halen actually had a rider (a contractual list of items that a band demands from the concert venue - towels, catering, stage equipment requirements, etc.) that said there must be a bowl of M&Ms backstage, but with all the brown ones removed. The reason for the absurd rule was to make sure that the entire rider (which included safety measurements for the band's exceptionally large and heavy stage set) had been read and obeyed in full. Sure enough at the Pueblo, Colorado show, the rider wasn't read and the staging crashed through the floor. This led to the urban myth that the band flipped out and intentionally caused the $80,000 worth of damage themselves all because they found brown M&Ms.
When Wayne gets off the phone with Jeff Wong, the last thing Wayne says is "Chi soh hai bin do ah," as if it were a way of saying "Goodbye." However, this is actually Cantonese for "Where is the toilet?
The "bad licorice" scene at Waynestock is based loosely on Woodstock '69 when concert-goers were warned to stay away from "the brown acid," which was allegedly bad.
Rob Lowe was in talks to return for the sequel, but he did not reprise his role as Benjamin Oliver, and was instead considered to play a character named "Phillip." Lowe ultimately chose to pass on the project, suggesting that appearing in an entirely different role in a Wayne's World follow-up might "confuse the audience." Christopher Walken was hired as his replacement, and the character's name was changed to "Bobby Cahn" for the final film.
Although it was intended to be a Christmas season blockbuster, the film was only moderately successful and did not receive the box office intake or positive fan reaction that the first film did. It also suffered severely due to competition from other holiday season blockbusters such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Schindler's List, and The Pelican Brief.
Stephen Surjik appears as himself, breaking the fourth wall to recast the gas station manager in mid-scene.
When shown on TV in Australia in late 1997, a month after Princess Di died, the scene in London when Wayne & Garth mention Diana was cut.