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Mike Myers recently took part in an event during the Netflix Is A Joke comedy festival in support of his new Netflix series, The Pentaverate, but he also brought up some interesting details about his past successes.

Per Variety, Myers talked about being invited to the Hamptons home of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and how he was going to use the invite to pitch his idea for the Wayne’s World movie. However, Michaels had another film in mind he wanted Myers to do.

Myers said, “So he pitched me a movie. He said, ‘I want you to do a remake of ‘The Graduate.” And I said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’ He said, ‘I just offered you a f—ing movie!'” Myers then told Michaels, “‘The Graduate’ doesn’t need to be remade. A little man should not stand in a great man’s shoes. It’s a perfect film.”

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Obviously, Michaels would come around to the making of the movie version of the popular SNL sketch. But then, Michaels and Myers would have a disagreement on the use of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” during the film’s now-iconic car scene. Myers would say in an appearance on Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade that Michaels kept trying to convince him to use a song from Guns N’ Roses.

Myers said, “Lorne kept putting under [my office door] the ‘Billboard’ Hot 100 and it was all Guns N’ Roses, Guns N’ Roses, Guns N’ Roses.” And just like he did when he first pitched the Wayne’s World movie, Myers held his ground, and the rest is film history.

5 Best Performances from the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

  • Queen + Joe Elliott and Slash - 'Tie Your Mother Down'

    The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was in two parts: The first was without Queen and the second was with. The Queen-portion of the concert started things off with a bang with this energetic performance of “Tie Your Mother Down” that featured Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Guns N’ Roses’ Slash. Fun fact: Elliott was the first person to publically sing with Queen following Mercury’s death.

  • Queen + David Bowie and Annie Lennox - 'Under Pressure'

    How do you fill the shoes of Freddie Mercury when it comes to one of the most iconic duets in rock history? You find someone with an equally iconic and bold voice like Annie Lennox. David Bowie and Lennox’s performance of “Under Pressure” remains as moving decades later as it did that fateful day in Wembly Stadium. And Mercury would have undoubtedly approved of Lennox dressing up in a ball gown for the occasion.

  • Queen + Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen - 'All The Young Dudes'

    Very few non-Queen songs were performed during the Queen portion of the tribute concert, but it goes without saying the surprising inclusion of the Mott the Hoople classic “All The Young Dudes” was one of the biggest highlights of the show. Not only did you have Ian Hunter fronting the performance, but David Bowie (who wrote the song) was also on backup vocals and saxophone, as well as Mick Ronson on guitar! Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen ran out on stage to provide backup vocals, too. Elliott would say in a 2019 interview, “I dragged him [Collen] up. He wasn’t going to do it. I said, ‘You’re going to regret this for the rest of your life if you don’t.’ It’s my favorite song of all time, so for me, it was a no-brainer.”

  • Queen + George Michael - 'Somebody to Love'

    There’s perhaps no greater chill-inducing moment in the entire concert than when George Michael throws to the crowd to sing the final lyric in “Somebody to Love” and they all sing that vocal riff in perfect unison. On top of that, his vocal performance was just outstanding. In the years since Michael’s untimely passing on Christmas 2016, this performance serves as another reminder of his tremendous talent.

  • Queen + Liza Minnelli w/the entire show's lineup - 'We Are The Champions'

    Every big show deserves a grand finale, and this performance of “We Are The Champions” is just that: Grand. Led by vocals from Liza Minnelli, everyone from the show’s lineup took to the stage for one truly epic sing-a-long capped by Minnelli saying, “Thanks, Freddie! We just wanted to let you know we were thinking about you. Stay safe!” A truly beautiful end to the emotional, heart-felt Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.