Queen movie says no to Borat and Ali G
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