Wayne’s global manager details brutal clashes with Mike Myers, Lorne Michaels

Wayne’s world It was one of the highest-grossing films of 1992, but when the sequel came out the following year, one of the key members of the creative team was missing. Michaels and Paramount Pictures director Penelope Severis was not part of the sequel, and rumors have swirled for years about clashes with Mike Myers and Lorne Michaels. In a new interview, though, Spheeris claims that while filming wasn’t fun or relaxing, the real struggles didn’t happen until they edited the film, and Myers had a lot of notes — most of which she refused to take — about the cuts and edits she made. wanted to perform it.

According to her version of events, Myers had a lot of skepticism about the film, which was born out of the fact that he had not seen ecstatic reactions from test audiences. Myers’ father died, and he was unable to attend test screenings.

“It wasn’t an uncomfortable set,” Severis said. THR‘s It happened in Hollywood Podcast. “Mike is hypoglycemic, so if he has low blood sugar, he might get angry. Very big deal. I worked with Richard Pryor and Albert Brooks. They would cause a heart attack.”

However, she admitted that Myers was responsible for her not directing the second film. Not because it was It is very difficult to work with her, as some have suggested, but because he used his power as star and director to steer Paramount away from her when they clashed in the final cut. It certainly wasn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s a very different story than one that’s been pushed around for years.

Spheeris claimed that Myers did not shine with the “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene, which became the film’s most iconic moment, arguing that it was not funny. I told THR That everyone involved knew it wasn’t going to be easy to confront Myers, and they basically told her she was doing it on her own — the studio wouldn’t tell Myers that she rejected his changes, L.J.

Lorne took me aside and said, ‘Penelope, if you don’t change the movie, you can’t direct me Wayne’s World 2. “Mike wouldn’t agree with you,” she said.

Paramount executives were quoted as saying, “We really want to do this Wayne’s World 2 with mike. We won’t tell him you won’t change it – you have to tell him. And Lorne said, “I don’t tell him, you tell him.” So I told him, and became canned.”

The final version of Wayne’s world is something Spheeris is very happy about, incorporating only a few of Myers’ notes and it remains largely intact from the version that wowed people at test screenings. However, he lost his sting, leaving an imprint. When she was officially replaced, Spheeris said she pulled the phone off the wall in anger.

“[I] I cried for two weeks. “Then I got over it,” Spheeris said, though she never spoke to Michaels — with whom she had been collaborating for nearly 20 years at the time — again.

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