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Sacha Baron Cohen pulls out of Freddie Mercury biopic

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  1. Thank the Gods.

  2. “Creative differences” – Cohen wanted to play FM as a prancing, mincing, lisping caricature, the producers wanted someone who actually had some acting ability?

    1. Or the reverse. How can we judge either party without any information?

    2. Spanner1960 24 Jul 2013, 3:41pm

      A real shame. I think he could have really done the film some justice, whilst also breaking out of his comedy straitjacket. I always though he would have been perfect for the role.

      The “creative differences” were between Baron-Cohen and the remaining members of Queen; Baron-Cohen he wanted the film to be harder and grittier, but it seems the band still want to keep Freddie’s name squeaky clean, so I guess we will probably get a Disneyfied version played by some dopey pretty boy instead.

    3. NEILUK
      You are exactly right.
      What is needed they have in any case i already let them know
      he is here

  3. From the Guardian:

    The actor Sacha Baron Cohen has backed away from playing Freddie Mercury in a feature-length biopic, apparently after falling out with surviving members of the band Queen. According to the website Deadline, Baron Cohen was keen to star in a warts-and-all, R-rated portrayal of the singer, while Mercury’s former band mates Brian May and Roger Taylor are insisting on a rather more family-friendly – and, one imagines, considerably shorter – PG-version.

    1. theotherone 23 Jul 2013, 6:07pm

      why am i not surprised…

  4. Marcwebbo3 23 Jul 2013, 4:13pm

    Never really thought he was suitable to play Freddie….surely there must be someone better

    1. James Franco would be good.

  5. Lady Thatcher 23 Jul 2013, 5:45pm

    Cohen is too tall, anyway. He’s 6’3″. Farouq Bulsara was closer to 5’9″.

  6. Cohen has done degrading stereotypes of stupid ‘black’ rappers, vacuous ‘gay’ fashion journalists. Why doesn’t he do a degrading stereotype of a greedy ‘Jewish’ banker? Or is that too much like himself.

    1. If you mean Bruno, then that film actually advanced gay rights to me. His “stereotypical” gay nature came from him being a *~*~fashionista*~*~ and not because of his sexuality as Sacha has stated many times. The stereotypes and the little asian rent boy are very tongue-in-cheek and Sacha doesn’t believe in those stereotypes whatsoever, they are a reflection of societies views.

      If you watch the movie, especially the end with the cage fight love making scene, you can tell Sacha Baron Cohen understands LGBT struggle and equality. It’s all about how Bruno is treated different by other people, and how people react to gay people in general. He said he received much more abuse as Bruno than Borat, & that was what he wanted to show people.

      The whole point was: a crowd of people screaming bloody murder at the sight of 2 men kissing when they expected to see them tearing each other to pieces. It was all about how violence is celebrated and seen as positive but love is supressed and attacked.

  7. I have to say I am disappointed. I’ve been a big fan of Sacha and Queen since I was a kid and was looking forward to this biopic even more than the Hendrix one!

    I think he dropped out because he bit off more than he could chew. He’s a comedy actor, and a fairly decent singer. I think the role just demanded too much of him as an actor and singer and he probably couldn’t hack it.

    A real shame, I thought he could pull it off well. Looking forward to his next film “The Lesbian” – all about the Chinese billionaire who offered riches to any man who could marry his lesbian daughter. I think many people didn’t get Bruno and think Sacha is homophobic because he encouraged stereotypes, but the ones who /did/ get it know he was doing it to highlight societies reactions and hold a mirror up to society like he does in all his films.

  8. Bruno was awesome! Sacha made loads of points that showed up homophobia. The gay conversion scene, the chat show after he adopted a child, the straight swingers party, the fight scene where he gets it on with his (non stereotypical) partner in front of baying rednecks. Also loved the charity song at the end with Elton, Bono, Sting and Snoop!

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