Queen movie says no to Bo­rat and Ali G

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMOVIES -

LON­DON: Comic ac­tor Sacha Baron Co­hen, right, is re­ported to have quit play­ing the lead in an im­pend­ing Fred­die Mer­cury, pic­tured far right, biopic due to a dis­agree­ment with the re­main­ing mem­bers of Queen.

Co­hen left the pro­duc­tion over “creative dif­fer­ences” with the band, who re­port­edly wanted to make a fam­ily-friendly film about Queen, while the co­me­dian wanted it to be “a gritty R-rated tell-all cen­tred around the gifted gay singer”.

Co­hen first ex­pressed in­ter­est in the part in 2011. It would have marked a de­par­ture for the ac­tor, whose ca­reer has been built on play­ing out­ra­geous, non-po­lit­i­cally cor­rect char­ac­ters of his own cre­ation in spoof doc­u­men­taries.

Co­hen had brought in screen­writer Peter Mor­gan (Frost/Nixon) as well as var­i­ous di­rec­tors in­clud­ing David Fincher and Tom Hooper to work on the Mer­cury biopic.

How­ever, none have been ap­proved to work on the biopic by band mem­bers Brian May, John Dea­con and Roger Tay­lor, who have script and di­rec­tor ap­proval over the film. – The In­de­pen­dent

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