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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’re a human with a pulse, and you’re somewhat aware of pop culture, chances are you’ve at one point or another either mixed up Mike Myers and Michael Myers or made fun of someone who made that mistake. It’s a common nomenclature error and one that Edgar Wright took advantage of in his most recent film, Baby Driver.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a refresher.

It’s a funny joke that still lands upon repeated viewings (at least for me), but as it turns out, that’s a joke that actually was supposed to play out differently. Makeup and special effects artist Greg Nicotero actually created some Michael Myers masks for use in the film, and in an Instagram post, he explained why they couldn’t use them:

“One of my favorite jokes that didn’t make the final cut of Edgar Wright’s brilliant BABY DRIVER was the scene when our ‘heroes’ were sitting in the car talking about the need for a Michael Myers ‘Halloween’ mask and the site gag was supposed to be the two of them were wearing the mask from the horror film Halloween and one of them was wearing an Austin Powers mask. I thought it was really funny and very very clever so we created this mask for the movie and unfortunately were unable to get permission to use it so the mask sits proudly on a zombie bust in my office!”

The spirit of the joke still remained though, with the baddie giving everyone a Mike Myers mask, which led to a similarly frustrated interaction.

Which version of the joke did you like better? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Greg Nicotero

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.