Mike Myers talks with Stephen Colbert about how honored he was to be part of the Queen biopic, and how surreal it was slyly referencing his own film in it.
Mike Myers has had a long association with "Bohemian Rhapsody" -- ever since "Wayne's World" first hit theaters -- and now he's a part of the next chapter in that story.
The "Austin Powers" star dropped by "The Late show" where he revealed to Stephen Colbert his complete and total lack of hesitation when he was offered a part in the upcoming biopic. "They were like, 'Do you want to read the script?' I was like, 'No, not really. I'm in. Just tell me when and what to wear,'" he laughed.
It turns out that what he wore was so immersive that Myers is almost unrecognizable in the role, putting on an accent and buried under a beard and shaggy hair.
Honestly, he's been featured prominently in several of the trailers already and most people didn't even realize it was him. They were probably too mesmerized by Rami Malek's complete transformation into Freddie Mercury.
It's no accident that it was Myers who was selected to portray the EMI executive who trashes the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" and tells the boys it will never get any airplay on the radio. Colbert played a clip from it, which features a delicious nod to "Wayne's World."
"What about 'I'm in Love with my Car'?" Myers' character suggests to the band in the film. "That's the kind of song teenagers can crank up the volume in their car and bang their heads to. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' will never be that song."
And then, of course, it became exactly that song in one of the most famous scenes in all of film history. It creates this beautiful cinematic circle by having Myers on both ends of that argument, with "Wayne's World" Myers the proof that "Bohemian Rhapsody" Myers is short-sighted and wrong.
"Wayne's World" brought Queen to a whole new generation in 1992, and "Bohemian Rhapsody" is looking to do the same for 2018. It seems somehow appropriate that Mike Myers be a part of both movements.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is in theaters Friday, November 1.