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Myers created the Wayne Campbell character long before "SNL," when he was still in high school. He appeared as Wayne on various Canadian comedy series during the 1980s.
According to a Vanity Fair expose published in 2000, Myers initially didn't want to take sketch co-star Dana Carvey along to play Garth on the big screen because he feared being upstaged by the more established comedian. Carvey has disputed that claim.
Before landing a starring role as Cassandra, Wayne's aspiring-rock star girlfriend, Tia Carrere had done a two-year stint on "General Hospital" and had made TV guest appearances on both action series and sitcoms.
Rob Lowe, still seeking career rehab after his 1988 video sex scandal, played against type as a comic villain. The casting worked a little too well, and Lowe would spend the rest of the decade in similar parts, in "Tommy Boy" and all three of Myers' "Austin Powers" movies.
Gary Wright re-recorded his '70s track "Dream Weaver" for the film. The particular use of that song, cued up as a running gag whenever Wayne looks longingly at Cassandra, became a common cliché in movies whenever a guy would stare at a hot chick.
"Bosom Buddies" star Donna Dixon had a memorable role as Garth's dream girl.
Upon its release, the movie's soundtrack shot to No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Spheeris shot a music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody," incorporating footage from "Wayne's World," and the song rocketed to No. 2 on the chart, some 16 years after its initial release, and just a few months after Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's death.
Filming took just 34 days.
The movie cost a reported $14 million to make. It earned $122 million at the box office.
Almost immediately, a sequel went into production. Myers, who had earned a reported $1 million to co-write and star in the first film, saw his fee nearly quadruple, to $3.5 million. "Wayne's World 2" (1993) wasn't nearly as big a hit, topping out at $48 million.
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