Party time!

Five things to know about ‘Wayne’s World,’ which is turn­ing 25

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY LAU­REN LA ROSE THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Break out the cof­fee and crullers be­cause it’s party time for “Wayne’s World” fans: the ir­rev­er­ent smash com­edy is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary. Yes, way! Cana­dian comic ac­tor Mike My­ers teamed with Dana Car­vey to por­tray sub­ur­ban, metal-lov­ing slack­ers Wayne Camp­bell and Garth Al­gar in the pop­u­lar “Satur­day Night Live” sketch that in­spired the movie adap­ta­tion.

The film cen­tres on Wayne and Garth’s pub­lic-ac­cess talk show and the ef­forts by sleazy yet suave net­work ex­ec­u­tive Ben­jamin (Rob Lowe) to make a slicker, big-bud­get ver­sion of “Wayne’s World.” Ben­jamin also has his eyes set on an­other tar­get: Wayne’s rock-star girl­friend, Cas­san­dra (Tia Car­rere).

The film is stacked with lighter mo­ments in the form of im­promptu sing-a-longs, zany riffs on clas­sic TV shows and films, mem­o­rable catch­phrases (“Sch­wing!”) and com­i­cal cameos from the likes of rocker Alice Cooper and “Terminator” star Robert Pa­trick.

Cine­plex will host screen­ings at se­lect lo­ca­tions in Van­cou­ver, Cal­gary, Toronto, Ot­tawa and Halifax on Tues­day to co­in­cide with the sil­ver an­niver­sary of the movie’s re­lease.

Here are five things to know about “Wayne’s World”:

BOX OF­FICE BO­NANZA: Fans were clearly feel­ing the love for “Wayne’s World” when it de­buted on Feb. 14, 1992. The Valen­tine’s Day re­lease soared to No. 1 in its open­ing week­end. By year’s end, it was the No. 8 film over­all, gross­ing more than $121 mil­lion, slightly be­hind ro­mance-drama “The Body­guard” and ahead of erotic thriller “Ba­sic In­stinct,” ac­cord­ing to Box Of­fice Mojo. It re­mains the top-gross­ing “SNL” spinoff of all time, ahead of “The Blues Broth­ers” and its se­quel, “Wayne’s World 2.” FROM CANADA TO CHICAGO: Co-screen­writer My­ers drew in­spi­ra­tion from his up­bring­ing in the Toronto sub­urb of Scar­bor­ough for “Wayne’s World.” My­ers con­tin­ued to hone the Wayne char­ac­ter af­ter join­ing Sec­ond City, and por­trayed him on Cana­dian TV se­ries “City Lim­its.” Cana­dian “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels later hired him for the long-run­ning sketch com­edy se­ries.

“Wayne’s World” was re­port­edly sup­posed to be set in Aurora, Ont., with dough­nut shop scenes at Tim Hortons. But in an ef­fort to Amer­i­can­ize the pro­duc­tion, the screen lo­cale was trans­ported to the Chicago sub­urb of Aurora, Ill., com­plete with a fic­tional hang­out: Stan Mikita’s Donuts. The on­screen venue fea­tured a tow­er­ing like­ness of re­tired Chicago Black­hawks player Stan Mikita on the roof. The Slo­vak-born ex-cen­tre­man was raised in St. Catharines, Ont.

Look closely and you may spot a palm tree in “Wayne’s World”: the film was pri­mar­ily shot in Cal­i­for­nia.

FLASH OF FAR­LEY: Chris Far­ley landed his first film role in “Wayne’s World” - but blink and you’ll miss him. The late comic ac­tor and former “SNL” star had a brief ap­pear­ance as a se­cu­rity guard at an Alice Cooper con­cert. Far­ley made a re­turn in the film’s 1993 se­quel as Wayne and Garth’s long­haired, plaid-clad pal Mil­ton. He later found big-screen solo suc­cess as a box-of­fice head­liner of come­dies in­clud­ing “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep.”

ALL IN THE FAM­ILY: Dana Car­vey found in­spi­ra­tion close to home for his por­trayal of his mild-man­nered, be­spec­ta­cled on­screen al­ter ego Garth: his real-life brother, Brad. “We both eat red licorice, and we both like video, and we both play the drums,” the el­der Car­vey told Peo­ple Mag­a­zine in a 1994 in­ter­view.

The co­me­dian Car­vey paid tribute to Brad in the film’s se­quel when he sported a Video Toaster T-shirt - a stylish nod to the spe­cial-ef­fects com­puter his en­gi­neer brother helped cre­ate.

FIT FOR A “QUEEN”: Leg­endary Bri­tish rock group Queen can give full credit to “Wayne’s World” for help­ing breathe new life into “Bo­hemian Rhapsody.” Af­ter be­ing show­cased in a mem­o­rable se­quence in the film where Wayne, Garth and their friends sing along and head­bang to the op­er­atic track blar­ing from a car stereo, the tune first re­leased in 1975 was sud­denly in­escapable.

“Bo­hemian Rhapsody” resur­faced on the charts and ra­dio air­waves - but its ap­pear­ance in the film al­most didn’t hap­pen. My­ers said in a 2015 in­ter­view with Rolling Stone that he fought hard for the song’s in­clu­sion, and noted that Michaels had sug­gested Guns N’ Roses.

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Mike My­ers, left, and Dana Car­vey, of “Wayne’s World” are seen at the MTV Movie Awards in 2008 in Los An­ge­les. Break out the cof­fee and crullers be­cause it’s party time, “Wayne’s World” fans: the ir­rev­er­ent smash com­edy is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary.

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