Bill and Ted have had an Excellent Adventure as well as a Bogus Journey. And after nearly 30 years they will make a most triumphant return to Face the Music. The two are an usual, but bodacious pair of dudes to say the least. This raises the question of how did writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson come up with the idea for characters.
As legend has it Solomon and Matheson used to rent out a theater (for $20 mind you) and invite comedians for a good old improv-type freestyle session. Solomon explains below the three-person skit that led to Bill and Ted.
“[The three] sitting around trying to study, without having any idea about what they’re talking about.”
Matheson then goes into further detail.
“[They were] really, really ignorant teenage boys who know nothing about anything, trying to talk about world affairs. It had nothing to do with history at that point. It was just current events. Everything was either ‘bogus’ or ‘excellent,’
While no one will mistake Bill and Ted for members of Mensa, the two do have a resplendent vocabulary. I loved the films when I was younger, however, one aspect of the films has always seemed hard to believe. The time travel? Nope, I’m good with that.
It’s that Bill and Ted aren’t shown once partaking in some doobage. I mean, I understand why, but accents such as theirs only come about through a few select activities. Off the top of my head, surfing, skateboarding, or the most likely culprit, ripping the bong. A combination of those is also acceptable. There’s also the whole musician thing. Anyway, with the film’s release just around the corner, this was a gnarly bit of info on the franchise’s origins. I can hardly wait for the film, as well as being able to say, “The Bill and Ted trilogy”
Bill and Ted Face The Music August 28.
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