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21 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About "Wayne's World"

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1. Mike Myers wanted Wayne's World to be about a local cable access show because hosting one was a lifelong dream of his.

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In 1992, he explained that he never had one in real life because he "couldn't get around to filling out the forms and stuff."

2. Though the film is set in suburban Aurora, Illinois, no parts of the film were actually shot there.

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In 1992, the year of the film's release, Myers said he had never been to Aurora, but "liked the sound of the word." After some research, he also thought Aurora's demographics were similar to his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario.

However, the city of Aurora's official website has a hunch that some scenes were actually filmed there.

3. Stan Mikita's Donuts doesn't actually exist, either.

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Mikita, a former Chicago Blackhawks hockey player, told Blackhawks Magazine in 2009 that when Lorne Michaels realized Aurora was right outside of Chicago, they thought it was the perfect opportunity to give their local fictional hangout a more relatable theme.

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5. Paramount Pictures was initially on the fence about backing the film.

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The sketch did well on SNL and the film grossed over $180 million on opening weekend, but Myers has said the first reaction was a note from the studio saying they didn't fully understand the concept.

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15. After a rights dispute, the original "Stairway To Heaven" guitar riff in the music store scene had to be changed following theatrical release.

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As a result, Led Zeppelin "refused to allow those notes to appear in any versions of the film after its theatrical release, from VHS to cable airings."

16. Rob Lowe has said he discovered his "hitherto untapped gift for comedy" after meeting Mike Myers.

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After his comedic success in Wayne's World, Myers also brought him on to be a part of two Austin Powers films.

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18. Paramount Pictures created a trailer for the film that only appeared before showings of 1991's The Addams Family.

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In a 1992 interview, the president of Paramount said he saw potential for a crossover trailer since both films had been inspired by TV shows. Myers said the preview "got people talking" about the film.

21. Dana Carvey and Mike Myers had a falling-out after Carvey believed Myers stole his Dr. Evil impression for Austin Powers.

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Apparently, the Dr. Evil impression was originally Carvey imitating Lorne Michaels. In 2013, director Penelope Spheeris said the two have since made up.