The bad blood between former “Saturday Night Live” funny men Mike Myers
and Dana Carvey
has seemingly come to an end.
The two reunited at a special screening and panel discussion, programmed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, celebrating the 21st anniversary of “Wayne’s World.” They were joined by co-star Rob Lowe, director Penelope Spheeris, producer Lorne Michaels and executive producer (and current Academy president) Hawk Koch.
Myers and Spheeris had a falling out following “Wayne’s World” after the director accused the comedian of vetoing her from directing the movie’s sequel. In a 2008 interview
, Spheeris admitted to “hating” Myers for years following the movie. Meanwhile, Carvey allegedly believes that Myers took one of his characters to use as the voice of Dr. Evil in the “Austin Powers” series.
Moderated by Koch, the panel mostly avoided discussing any hot button topics, instead focusing on the characters’ rise to fame and funny stories from on the set, including an unlicensed Myers having to get driving lessons during production so he could operate the Mirthmobile and Lowe having a hard time staying in character during the scene in which Garth hammers away at a robotic hand he built.
In the only real moment that strayed from comedy during the panel, Myers explained how the year of the movie’s release is a blur to him. While making the film, Myers’s father was sick and would ultimately die. “I remember finishing the film,” he says, “and then I remember my dad dying. Then I just remember Dana and I being strapped to the front of a rocket.” That rocket eventually led them to “Wayne’s World 2,” which ended up grossing far less than the original.
In the end, Myers, a writer on the movie, gave Spheeris the highest compliment he could, telling her she made a movie that was better than the script. He also admitted that his comedic taste sometimes misses the mark. “There were two scenes I resisted,” he said. The scenes in question were Robert Patrick’s cameo as his “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” character, and Lara Flynn Boyle’s scene where she crashed her bicycle. When both scenes were hits with the audience, Myers realized how wrong he was.
The event felt like a big family reunion, with cast and crew from both “Wayne’s World” movies sitting in the crowd, watching the panel and movie. Attendees included Brian Doyle-Murray, Tia Carrere and Kevin Pollak, among others. Sadly, there was no mention made of a possible “Wayne’s World 3.”