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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.

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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.

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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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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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