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10 Excellent Things You Didn’t Know About the Bill And Ted Movies

Catch the Bill & Ted movies this month on IFC.

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You can keep your Terminators and Doctor Whos — when it comes to time travelers, there can be only one. (Well, two.) To kids of a certain age, the bodacious boys from San Dimas were the only time travelers that mattered. With their hit film, “bogus” sequel, and Saturday morning cartoon, these SoCal slackers taught us to always be most excellent to each other. With Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey airing this month on IFC, we thought we’d take a most outrageous trip through some of the weirdest, wildest facts about the movie. Party on, dudes!

10. Sean Connery Almost Played Rufus.

Sean Connery
20th Century Fox

The studio initially wanted someone like Sean Connery to play Rufus, the time traveling mentor to Bill and Ted. It was only after shooting had begun that George Carlin was approached, out of desperation, and the rest is history.


9. The Movie Originally Ended At The Prom.

Princess Babes
Orion Pictures

The ending of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is an all-time great. (San Dimas High School football rules!) But it almost didn’t happen. In fact, a different ending was shot where the boys give their presentation in class, and then take the princesses to the prom. Thankfully, it didn’t test well, and the ending was reshot to give the film a more epic climax. Alex Winter, for one, is glad they went with the new ending, although he doesn’t really remember much about those prom scenes: “I have no memory whatsoever, I just remember thinking that the bigger ending was better.”


8. The Time Machine Was Almost a Car.

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BBC

The script originally described the boys’ time machine as a 1969 Chevy Van, before the filmmakers realized they might get knocked for ripping off Back to the Future. They then swapped it with the now legendary phone booth, supposedly making the most heinous mistake of not realizing how similar it was to Doctor Who’s iconic Tardis. Oops.


7. The Phone Booth Was Given Away In a Nintendo Raffle.

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Nintendo Power

To promote a Bill & Ted video game for the NES, Nintendo Power Magazine gave the actual time traveling phone booth away as a prize. The winner was teen Kenneth Grayson, who later told Reddit that he became a local celebrity thanks to the time machine, and has even had sex in it a time or two. Excellent!


6. Bill Almost Had To Chill With “The Weasel.”

Son in Law
Buena Vista Pictures

Pauley Shore, unsurprisingly, auditioned for the role of Ted, before thankfully lost out to fellow mellow dude Keanu Reeves. Awkwardly, Shore hosted an MTV special, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Premiere Party in 1991, and supposedly cornered Reeves in a backroom to vent about his failed audition.


5. Keanu Thought He Was Playing Bill.

Bill and Ted
Orion Pictures

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were put through countless auditions to land the lead parts in the movie. Finally reaching the finish line, Winter noticed something was off with Reeves. “We’re sitting in the office waiting to meet the producers for the first time and I’m pretty jazzed and he’s miserable,” Winter said. “I’m like, ‘Dude, what’s wrong? We finally got it….And he’s like, ‘Yeah, but I’m Ted.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, you’re Ted. That’s awesome.’ He was like, ‘I thought I was Bill.’ I was like, ‘What f—ing difference does it make? For god’s sake, they’re completely interchangeable.'”


4. One Of The Screenwriters Is The Son Of A Sci-Fi Legend.

I Am Legend
Warner Bros.

It shouldn’t be a shock that Chris Matheson, who co-wrote the script with Ed Solomon, is a fan of science fiction: His father was legendary sci-fi writer Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend.


3. Babe Ruth Was Supposed To Join the Fun.

Babe Ruth
Universal Pictures

The original screenplay saw a few more historical figures squeeze into the phone booth. Babe Ruth was supposed to be kidnapped, along with Charlemagne, or “Charlie Mange” as the boy would have called him.


2. Keanu and Alex Winter Are Still Most Righteous Friends.

Keanu Reeves Alex Winter
Yahoo

In a Reddit AMA from a few years ago, Winter said that he and Reeves are still close friends. In fact, they once wandered into the middle of the NYC Halloween Parade after dinner, only to have someone walk by and say “Hey look, it’s two old, fat guys trying to be Bill and Ted.” Keanu also supplied the narration for Alex’s acclaimed 2015 documentary Deep Web.


1. Bill And Ted Are Coming Back To The Big Screen.

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Orion Pictures

Winter and Reeve aren’t content to leave their head-banging alter egos in the past. In fact, Winter told Forbes magazine that prospects for a third film were “looking good.” Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon are back as writers, and, of course, Reeves has agreed to strap on the air guitar one more time. Who should play Rufus? Our pick for an actor/comedian who could honor the legacy of the great George Carlin: Louis C.K.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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