#sachabaroncohen – Sacha Baron Cohen Explains Why He Left Freddie Mercury Biopic – @Pitchfork.com9 de março, 2016
Sacha Baron Cohen photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images, Freddie Mercury photo by Phil Dent/Redferns
In 2010, it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen would play the late Freddie Mercury in a new biopic about the singer’s life. He eventually left the project, and in a new interview with Howard Stern, he detailed his creative differences with members of Queen.
“There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury,” he told Stern. “The guy was wild. There are stories of little people with plates of cocaine on their heads walking around a party.” Apparently, the band nixed the idea of telling those grittier stories. “They wanted to protect their legacy as a band,” he said. Cohen says he regrets staying with the project beyond his first meeting with Queen.
A member of the band—I won’t say who—said, “You know, this is such a great movie because it’s got such an amazing thing that happens in the middle of the movie.” And I go, “What happens in the middle of the movie?” He goes, “You know, Freddie dies.” … I go, “What happens in the second half of the movie?” He goes, “We see how the band carries on from strength to strength.” I said, “Listen, not one person is going to a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you carry on to see how the band carries on.”
In 2013, Brian May said Cohen parted from the project “on good terms.” His explanation for why the actor left the project? “In the end, we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting.” In his conversation with Stern, Cohen called May an “amazing musician” but “not a great movie producer.”
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