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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day says be excellent to each other… and… PARTY ON, DUDES!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Today’s photos come from the source… In this case it is Bill S. Preston Esquire himself, Mr. Alex Winter.

Like most children of the ‘80s the Bill and Ted movies were HUGE for me. In fact, I remember celebrating taking my stepfather’s name at the age of 10 with a family outing to see Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.

Those are two great movies, with Bogus Journey a sequel that has grown in my estimation the more I see it. It’s a rare sequel that doesn’t just rehash the first, does something different, but captures everything that made the first film so good.

Today we look at two shots from the making of the original Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure… one of Mr. Winter giving the camera a one-finger salute and the second being the crew shot.

Big thanks to Alex for sending this along (as well as some nice stuff from Freaked, which will make its way to this column sooner than later). Hope you folks like the pictures! Click to embiggen!





If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

So… tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is a dog!

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  • May 17, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Bogus Journey is even better than Excellent Adventure

    by slone13

    Bring on a third!

  • May 17, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Ha! That's pretty awesome.

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    Thanks Alex for sending these! Hope there'll be a third.

  • May 17, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Bogus Journey was the last time Kenau ever smiled.

    by BeeDub

    It's been Sad Keanu ever since.

  • ...and laughed my arse off when they got really uncomfortable during Napoleon's missed bowling attempt. Swearing in foreign languages is classy, isn't it?

  • May 17, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    This movie was such a part of growing up

    by LloydPancakes

    What a great movie still to this day, does anyone see Carlin in the second photo? I'm trying to pick out all the cast members. Great Pics, would love to see a third, but didn't they in the last scenes of bogus actually create the music that made it a paradise?

  • May 17, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Thank you Alex!

    by HansBubi

    It was very cool of you to send these in.

  • May 17, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Met Alex a few weeks ago in NJ.

    by Term66

    A pretty excellent dude. Here's hoping Freaked comes out on Blu someday!

  • May 17, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Who's where...

    by alexwinter

    This shot was from our last day of the shoot, which was in Rome. I don't recall Carlin being in any of the Rome scenes which is why he's not in this. So it's us and the historical figures primarily. Director Stephen Herek on the far right in the chair, Ed Solomon second from far left and Chris Matheson hiding all the way in the back behind Beeth-Oven. If everyone looks soused it's because we probably shot this after lunch. And when you shoot in Italy, the crew is totally soused after lunch. It's all about grabbing the important stuff in the morning...

  • May 17, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    So...tomorrow's is Ghostbusters?

    by ATARI

  • May 17, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Four score and... seven minutes ago...

    by The Krypton Kid

  • May 17, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by Cartagia

    If it's really you, which I don't really doubt, due to the detail of your description (I had no idea this actually had any shots outside of the US)... Any chance of some Freaked pics? I LOVE that flick.

  • just wondering

  • May 17, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Cool pic!

    by BacardiRocky

    I remember watching the first Bill and Ted thinking Alex was going to be a huge MEGA STAR, yet Ted "Theodore" Logan was "The One." Freaked is still one of my favorite cult classics.

  • May 17, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Mr. Winter,

    by The Krypton Kid

    I've always loved the moment when you and Keanu are in the castle messing around in the armor. I love that moment because of your expression/reaction when you think your best friend has been killed. It felt real and had a lot of heart to it. In a film with so many brilliant jokes and gags, it was nice to have a moment like that.

  • May 17, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Welcome to AICN Alex!

    by Dhaemon

    You were "Most Excellent" in the Bill and Ted's movies *Air Guitar* :)

  • May 17, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by Cartagia

    My best friend and I are going to be Bill and Ted for Halloween. He's got the curly hair, so I get to be Keanu.

  • May 17, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Alex you are....

    by King Conan

    a class act! Thanks for the pics!

  • Welcome to AICN, Alex! (By the way, I'm a fan.)

  • May 17, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Alex!

    by NoQuarter

    This movie is near and dear to my heart.

  • May 17, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Thanks Alex!

    by Cheif Brody

    I'm certain everyone was (including me) looking for Carlin immediately in that shot. <p> Good times, dude...and an excellent pic.

  • May 17, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Thanks Mr. Winter

    by blunted666

    This would have been a classic BTSPOD even if you hadn't popped up in the talkbacks... those shots are a lot of fun

  • May 17, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Hadn't thought of Freaked in forever!

    by alienindisguise

    I loved that flick. Need to watch it again sometime soon!

  • May 17, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    That is so cool.

    by skiprat1

    I recently introduced my 9 year old daughter to Bill and Ted - she loved both movies and makes every friend who comes over watch them both. It blows my mind that kids exist who've never even heard of Bill and Ted! All her friends dig it too, and suddenly air guitar is cool again. Except when I do it.

  • May 17, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    San Dimas High school football rules!!!!


  • Hey, I was a child of the 80s, and I was scrawny as hell. I guess you did say "most", not "all".

  • May 17, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    "Two caffeine pills....and a beef stick!"

    by bah

    Loved "The Idiot Box" on MTV. Jerry Garcia vs Wu Tang Clan -- gold!

  • May 17, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    The mall in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    by thelordofhell

    Is the Metro Center Mall in Phoenix, AZ. It's wicked to see the old ice skating rink that isn't there anymore. They turned it into an arcade and then that closed and it became a movie theater.

  • May 17, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Had the hots for Jane wiedlin bad in this movie


  • May 17, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Alex, thanks for the description

    by LloydPancakes

    Yeah, I recognized the Mozart Parlor and looking at the characters makes sense for the abduction scene. Was that just the one scene shot in Italy? Anyway thank you for sharing these very cool shots.

  • May 17, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Party On and bring on part 3!!!!!

    by Jobacca

    When I was a kid,the first Bill and Ted was one of those movies I WORE OUT at the video store....must have rented it every weekend for at least 3 months before I broke down and bought it....after paying god only knows how much in rental fees.

  • It never fails to make me laugh:

  • May 17, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST


    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    non heinous

  • May 17, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    if it really is Alex, what number am I thinking of right now?

    by seabiscuits

  • May 17, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I have the first issue of Marvel's BILL & TED series

    by MooseMalloy

    Pretty good if I recall and it had Fishbone in it.

  • May 17, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by MediaGold

    I live a few miles away from the place. Everywhere they filmed ie the ice rink, the food court, the sporting goods place, the piano store, etc are all gone or have been remodeled. Very cool to be able to show my daughter what the place used to look like. Also, a skater kid who was in my journalism class way back in '87-88 at Apollo High was paid $50 to be an extra in the film.

  • May 17, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Bogus Journey is a TERRIFIC sequel, managing not to be a straight re-hash of the original and adding a lot of great new characters (William Sadler's Grim Reaper being the this day, whenever I see Sadler in a movie, I immediately think "It's Death...!"). And what I like about the Bill & Ted movies is just how LIKABLE they are. None of the humor is mean-spirited or unneccesarilly gross, and they just wash over you in a pleasant, geneal way. I'd *love* to have the third movie become a reality. Station...!

  • May 17, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Sweet Reminder of Youth

    by Aquatarkusman

    Alex, any chance for some Eddie the Flying.. er.. Developmentally Disabled Person pictures? If not, something with the guy with visible eye lines.

  • May 17, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Classic film

    by nostairway

    Proud to say I saw it in the theater when it came out.

  • May 17, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    if it really is Alex, what number am I thinking of right now?

    by nostairway

    Sixty-nine, dude!!!

  • May 17, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I want an Idiot Box DVD!

    by JohnnyThanatos

    Alex Winter deserves recognition for the woefully underappreciated, dignified masterpiece of televised drama. Votar "The Future of Television Announcing" getting shot was the first time I've actually seen 2 people simultaneously piss themselves laughing. Stereo piss. Good times. Party on.

  • May 17, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Class act Alex!

    by MapMan

    My favorite lines in B&TEA: 1. When the phone booth crashes down at the Circle K. "Not Bad!!" 2. "Put them in the iron maiden!" Iron Maiden?? EXCELLENT!! Execute them! Bogus...

  • May 17, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    But we never got the answer

    by This_talkback_is_on_CRAZYPILLS

    Who WAS Noah's wife?

  • May 18, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    The Bill and Ted movies are...

    by Bumb48

    works of fucking art. Truly excellent. STATION!

  • May 18, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST


    by ArmageddonProductions

    Never mind BILL & TED (the first one was great, the second one had a few great moments) -- I wanna see the stuff from FREAKED! That film was a cult epic from the get-go and deserved a better studio than Fox to actually get behind it!

  • May 18, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Alex Winter, I have a question for you if you're reading this...

    by JethroBodine

    This question isn't meant to seem indelicate, although it may come across that way... When I was younger and following your career when you were making these movies, I would have bet money that YOU would have been the stand-out talent and that YOU would have had the kind of career success that Keanu Reeves now enjoys. Instead you have all but disappeared from the scene. What happned? Did you give up, or did you just zig when you should have zagged? This isn't the first time I've been wrong, I also thought Cyndi Lauper would have been the major success, but it seems that that distinction has gone to Madonna.

  • May 18, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Both wonderful, Bogus is the better.

    by Some Dude

    Bogus Journey features one of the best depictions of hell I've seen.

  • May 18, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    I see So-Crates

    by MoffatBabies

    But where's Carlin? Gahd I miss that guy.

  • May 18, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST


    by MoffatBabies

    Check out his IMDB. He's no superstar, but he's worked pretty steadily throughout the years. And that's just in entertainment. He may have accomplished any number of other things unrelated to the entertainment biz.

  • May 18, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    quint rocks

    by biberkopf5

    you're the best, buddy!

  • May 18, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Had a question for Alex, hopefully he sees this one...

    by Han Cholo

    I was wondering if your character in Lost Boys, "Marco" was fleshed out in any more scenes in the movie? Did they shoot any extra footage? I always wondered because your character was the least fleshed out other than Billy Wirth. That rocker looking dude with the long hair seemed to be the most other than Kiefer Sutherland's.

  • May 18, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Are these on Blu-Ray?

    by Shubniggorath

    I have so much geek love for both of these movies, and my kids are about the age I was when Excellent Adventure came out. STATION!

  • May 18, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Thor sequel coming soon, Thor haters!

    by RobertoInfinite

  • May 18, 2011, 3:44 a.m. CST

    ^I hope somebody grabs it a towel then.

    by MajorFrontbum

  • May 18, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST

    The only true wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing.

    by Denty420

    That's US, dude!

  • May 18, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST


    by townshend

    Stop with the embiggen. Most of the time the link doesn't make the pic bigger. Also, it makes you sound like an asshole. If you won't stop writing altogether, please at least grow up a bit. And it certainly is too much to ask, but a writing class or eight would do you a world of good.

  • May 18, 2011, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Bogus Journey

    by Papa Lazaru

    Bogus Journey to this day is the only film I went to and paid to see twice in the cinema . That’s saying a lot considering I hadn’t even seen Excellent Adventure at that stage . I would have been 11years old when this came out in Ireland and due to my Dad being out of work at the time, going to the cinema was a real treat and a privilege. To pay to see the same film twice rather then go to see a new film speaks volumes of my love for Bogus Journey.

  • May 18, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I was definitely always a Bill guy.

    by IndustryKiller!

    Whenever we played Bill & Ted as a kid, there was no question who I was picking. Freaked is one of those films that as a kid wierded the shit out of me but I could never turn away, so of course I love it. Also, a really cool Lost Boy.

  • May 18, 2011, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Seriously though, Alex Winter in a talkback, that's fucking rad.

    by IndustryKiller!

    I live in LA and I see celebrities on a basis that is constant, I never get starstruck, but this is really cool. Unless it's an impostor, in which case fuck you dude, not cool.

  • May 18, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    What is he reading in the pic? Looks like a comic.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • May 18, 2011, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Apparently Keanu passed on Akira.

    by UltimaRex

    Reports are the pre-vis has shut down too. I know I posted it before but this talkback is even more on topic.

  • May 18, 2011, 6:02 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I guarantee you every time I put an "embiggened" link in this column there's a bigger picture. Know how I know this? Because I'm the one doing the coding work. If there's not a bigger image it saves me a little work uploading and coding. I look at the pixel sizes of each picture. It may not seem bigger when you click, but if you looked at the two side by side you'll see a difference. Sometimes that difference is 100 pixels, sometimes it's 2,000 pixels. Thanks again for the support. Keep clicking and commenting on my stuff! I don't know why you do it since you seem to dislike everything I do, but keep on doing it. Every single time you do you support my work and this site as a whole, so keep at it!

  • May 18, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Wyld Stallyns rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by claxdog

  • May 18, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Primus, Megadeth, Fatih No More, Steve Vai, Winger

    by bah

    Wait a second....Winger?! But really, we rocked the Bogus Journey soundtrack a lot in high school.

  • May 18, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    I remember...

    by BoyNamedSue

    Seeing Bogus Journey at the theater and about 1/4 of the parents in the audience yanking their kids outside when Bill and Ted went to Hell.

  • May 18, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    the cheating death scenes make Bogus my favorite of the two

    by vin_diggler

    Death "you sunk my battlesheep!" Ted " best two outa three?" Death " You're Damn Right!" That whole scene is priceless.

  • May 18, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    The second picture would almost make a great poster...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny least a good wallpaper on a computer screen. Just for Alex, Keanu, and Socrates alone... Everything that has been said about Freaked has been said, but I still want to give props to the film that was really behind Mr. T's comeback!

  • May 18, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    What about me? I pushed the cart.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    and reaping burns a lot of calories.

  • May 18, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    God I love these films....

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    We were totally lied to by our album covers!

  • May 18, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    You May Be a King or a Lonely Street Sweeper

    by Autodidact

    But sooner or later, you'll dance with the reaper!

  • May 18, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    Come to think of it he must say "lowly".

  • May 18, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    "I said Plum!"

    by bah

  • May 18, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    You know, I love both movies, but...

    by bah

    this TBs proving the second is at least the more quotable. "I've got a full-on robot chubby"

  • May 18, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    I guess i know what I am watching tonight.

    by claxdog

  • May 18, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    That second picture would be nothing...

    by ravenloff

    ...without Socrates (Soh-crates) in the pic. That's hysterical.

  • May 18, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by flax

    You once said that it was extremely important for Bill & Ted 3 to avoid applying any degree of 'retro-cynicism' to the previous films. I think you really hit the nail on the head there – they're soaringly feel-good entertainment, and a sequel that disrespects their tone in such a way that it casts a shadow over their optimistic worldview would be a shame. However, Keanu told us that Bill & Ted 3 would essentially retcon the happy ending of Bogus Journey, and that the duo have failed to create the music that saves the world (despite the fact that they did exactly this). His description sounds dangerously similar to the 'retro-cynicism' you describe – almost as if the third film was ignoring the lighter aspects of the other two and adopting a more realistic and less fantastical approach. Now that you've read the script, could you tell us what sort of tone it has? Is it a lighthearted adventure along the lines of the first two, or something darker and more down-to-earth, set after 'the party is over'?

  • May 18, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    And Alex Winter looks LIKE.....

    by Lednails

    ....a young Larry Bird.

  • May 18, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    "I can't believe we just Melvined Death!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "Bootch ahnd Sahndance, de eerly yeers...!"

  • May 18, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Mr. The Kid, So-Crates...I loves me some B&T

    by Damned if I can login

    "All we are is dust in the wind, dude."

  • May 18, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by WriteForTheEdit

    We, collectively, beg you, good Sir Winter. Please do what you can to make this happen.

  • May 18, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I forgot Bogus:

    by Damned if I can login

    "Dude, our girlfriends are most chaste." And the Star Trek "Arena" nods are classic, just classic. Rock on Alex!

  • May 18, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Growing up in a VERY conservative household,

    by sweeneydave

    this was one of the few movies my parents allowed me to watch. I idolized the Wyld Stallyns in the same way that the future dudes did - lots and lots of air guitar. Bogus Journey had more swearing but was still relatively harmless (and my parents weren't looking over my shoulder with Journey since Adventure was so decent). Watched the cartoon on Saturday mornings, and owned the impossibly hard game for Nintendo too.

  • May 18, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Netflix recommended Freaked to me a couple years ago.

    by sweeneydave

    I bought it from Amazon immediately after watching it. No other film compares!

  • May 18, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    God gave rock and roll to you!

    by sweeneydave

  • May 18, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    The guy who played Billy the Kid also played Ram in Tron

    by Han Cholo

    Also William Sadler who played Death went on to movies like Shawshank Redemption.

  • May 18, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by Dc

    I had the pleasure of talking on a number of occasions with the great Tony Steedman who played Socrates in 'Excellent Adventure'. Living in the same area I'd often bump into him and his wife in the supermarket or at my old work and he was always so gracious and would tell me some amazing stories from his career. The last time I saw him before he passed away he humored me by taking and reading a script I'd written. A class actor and a true gentleman! Party On!!

  • May 18, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I recommend you all check out

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Alex Winter's short film MEALS ON WHEELS. It's on Youtube and it's pretty genius!

  • May 18, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    f*ck you!

    by godhelpus

    awesome photo

  • May 18, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I remember Socrates from Scrooged.

    by sweeneydave

    "Oh no, that's a baked alaska sir. You don't want that."

  • May 18, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    "I fell out of my armor when I hit the floor!"

    by sweeneydave

    That never made any sense to me whatsoever.

  • May 18, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Alex, I will see you in Orlando on the 28th!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Also, bringing the posted "Fuck you" pic for you to sign. Cheers

  • May 18, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Hermosa.... You're dead. You did in my movie.

    by PaulKersey

    First you took a beating in that parking garage and then you died! Punk.

  • May 18, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    William Sadler

    by LordJiggy

    He owned as Death. It was great to see him do a comic turn, and he rocked it.

  • May 18, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Cool Circle K's and Facebooks

    by CT1

    Love Bill and Ted, and one of the few times I can 100% bring on a third one.. these films do categorically represent the statement "for what they are".. movies that looked like they were crafted out of love and dedication and hard work.. yeah, sure, a bit bold for lowly Bill and Ted, but the movies just have a feeling that everybody fucking CARED, and it wasn't just a 'everybody is a "rockstar" blow-fest and let's get together and blow each other in the name of money' type of production.. true or not, who knows, but well crafted, clever, with a unique and creative reason to hang a time travel premise on.. Brilliant art? No. Great fucking movie that blows all this stupid money-generating mentality fuckhead SHIT we get now? Yes.

  • May 18, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Alex Winter... Idiot Box

    by MurderMostFowl

    That show was so tragically underrated... ok maybe it wasn't all awesome but I'm getting nostalgic here, damnit !

  • May 18, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Yes, to Freaked!

    by NixEclips

    One of my favorite comedies. Great theater experience.

  • May 18, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Alex, a couple questions...

    by NixEclips

    1) Did you attend Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO? I went there for drama and my wardrobe teacher said you had. I brought in the spread in Gorezone showing your make-up process for Freaked. 2) Can we look forward to Aisles of Doom to be released on a Blu of Freaked. I love Squeal of Death, but I have fond memories of watching both, together. Glad to see you here. And looking forward to you getting The Gate off the ground. Good luck!

  • May 18, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    And where the hell is Fever?

    by NixEclips

    I can't find it anywhere!

  • May 18, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    My post disappeared. Where is Fever?

    by NixEclips

    I can't find it anywhere!

  • May 19, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    my thoughts on both pics


    classics. joan of arc was cuuuuuuuute. i loved Bogus Journey up until station's arrival- (in whole or in two) the big unappealing suit and the limited vocabulary just bugged me. the film also felt very rushed from that point on. and yes, Bogus journey has the most accurate depiction of hell yet put to film.

  • or am i reallly damn crazy. i aint that stoned.... zooom that sucker in. also see beethoven!

  • May 19, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Because you've been there, Zombot?

    by NixEclips


  • May 23, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    So, no verification that this was Alex Winter?

    by orcus