Find out what Sacha Baron Cohen said that has ANGERED guitarist Brian May on the flip…
What we are hearing is that Sacha Baron Cohen was all for it, until certain individuals said the film wouldn’t feature “warts ’n’ all.” Cohen went on to say that guitarist Brian May that he’s “an amazing musician, but he’s not a great movie producer.”
Once Brian May caught wind of Cohen’s criticism, he is FIRING BACK!
Speaking with The Daily Mail, May explained:
“We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas but he went off and told untruths about what happened. Why would he go away and say that we didn’t want to make a gritty film? Are we the kind of people who have ever ducked from the truth? I don’t think so.”
After Cohen departed, Spectre’s Ben Whishaw was eyed for the role, though May says the casting isn’t set in stone.
“We’re hoping Ben Whishaw will do it…He’s fabulous — a real actor.”
May also addressed why Cohen ultimately wasn’t right for the role, seemingly referring to his recent work on Grimsby.
Brian May concludes:
“We decided he wasn’t right for the role for very good reasons, which will become apparent if you watch what he’s done recently. It’s obvious that it wasn’t going to work, him playing Freddie. It wouldn’t suspend your disbelief.”
It appears that May just BLASTED Cohen for trying to save face after the band decided to remove Sacha from the role of Freddy Mercury.
The Mercury biopic has endured a long development process with filmmakers coming in and out. Dexter Fletcher departed the director’s seat in 2014, while screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) was hired last year to work on the script.
Though this has no become a case of “he said, he said,” Cohen told Howard Stern that he didn’t like hearing the film would go beyond Mercury’s death from AIDS in 1991 to show how the band “carries on from strength to strength.”
If it comes out like Straight Outta Compton it seems that the Queen Biopic will end up around the 210 minute mark if they go that far.
The INXS two part movie which aired last summer was amazing, informative and even shocking in part. NWA biopic was great and the Ray Charles biopic was astounding.
The Biggie Smalls biopic was a fluffy piece compared to what really happened, who was involved and some of the gritty side of the Notorious BIG was left out of the film.
We hope the Queen biopic stays true to the truth of what really happened. Fan would embrace artist if they told the truth because we are all flawed!