Mike Myers is a lover of all things British, including the legendary band Queen, so naturally, he jumped at the chance to play a part in the upcoming biopic.
The 55-year-old actor appeared on Wednesday’s Halloween night “Late Show” dressed as Major Harry Carlyle, the very British character from the WWII classic “A Bridge Too Far”, who always carried with him an umbrella.
Myers talked to Stephen Colbert about his Liverpudlian parents, his obsession with bands like the Beatles and Queen, and how honoured he was to be asked to take part in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, in which he plays a shaggy-haired British record executive.
The former “Saturday Night Live” star has a well-known association with the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” ever since it featured in the now iconic head-banging scene in the first “Wayne’s World” movie.
Myers explained how he had to fight to get the song in the film (The studio originally wanted Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle”). It’s because of that deep connection to the track that Myers immediately said yes to featuring in the Queen biopic.
He told Colbert that he received a call asking if he wanted to play the EMI exec who turns to Queen and says, “You can’t have ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on your album.” With little hesitation, Myers told them, “Yeah!”.
“They go, ‘Do you wanna read the script?’ And I’m like, ‘No, not really, I’m in. Just tell me when and what to wear.'”
Colbert then played a clip from the movie, which features a cool reference to the memorable “Wayne’s World” scene.
“What about ‘I’m in Love with my Car’?” Myers’ character tells the band, refusing to see the potential in “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a single.
“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.”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” opens in theatres on Friday.