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New Brian interview from Rolling Stone, in which he discusses the Freddie movie, and Freddie's work with Michael Jackson, amongst quite a lot of other things.

egret: Freddie with a Polaroid (fredcam)
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 Metro News is reporting that the Freddie Mercury biopic will probably not happen now that Sacha Baron Cohen is out. 

Their reportage is based on the BBC tweeting something they claim to have been told by screenwriter Peter Morgan.

This pic has nothing to do with anything but I'm reposting it because what the heck. 

Freddie Mercury in leather

egret: Freddie with a Polaroid (fredcam)
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Sacha Baron Cohen has reportedly stepped down from the film due to disagreements about the direction the script was taking. Hmm.

This report says that Brian and Roger are vetoing anything they feel is too gritty because they want a family-friendly movie. [Rock and roll, fun for the whole family, no, wait.]

I wonder if Brian and Roger are blocking any kind of movie likely to upset Freddie's family, just as they recently intervened with the unfortunate Freddie as gorilla statue. 

Some of the irreverent comments on The A.V. Club report amused me, but many were offensive so read at your own risk.

Personally, I suspect that whatever movie they make will displease me on some level because I would want it to be perfect and nothing is. So this doesn't bother me but I know many more rational people were looking forward to it. Feel free to discuss.

egret: handsome portrait of young Freddie M. (freddieportrait)
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 There is an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen in which he discusses the planned Freddie Mercury film biography. It is from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Here is the part of the interview where he talks about the movie. There is more where he talks about his career which you can go read at the site.

LOS ANGELES—“I’ve got to hit the high notes. I’m buying those tight underpants,” Sacha Baron Cohen cracked about his coming role. He will play the Queen’s legendary frontman, the late Freddie Mercury, in a film to be directed by Stephen Frears and cowritten by Peter Morgan, both of whom gave us an award-winning film on the other Queen.

“I will be singing,” confirmed Sacha, a little more seriously this time. It was our first time to interview Sacha as himself. In our previous chats, he came fully costumed—as Borat, Bruno (he almost gave us a lap dance) and The Dictator. Each one was a hilarious session. But even talking as himself, Sacha was just as funny.

The Brit’s Borat moustache helped him land the role of the rock god, he joked. “I think that was the main reason that I got chosen,” Sacha said. “They don’t want to spend too much money on prosthetics and [fake] moustaches. That I can grow my own is going to be very significant.”

Sacha does not need to buy tight underpants right away. “We’re in the early days; we’re still working on the script,” he said of the untitled film to be produced by no less than Robert De Niro and Freddie’s former Queen bandmates, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, among others.

But Sacha was clear that the film will not cover Freddie’s entire life. “At the moment, it’s more about the… period of his life leading up to Live Aid and a bit after Live Aid.” Cowriting the screenplay with Morgan are Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson.

Interesting character

“The story of Freddie Mercury is fascinating,” the actor said. “He was a really interesting character. He had these incredibly traditional parents, who he didn’t come out to. He had a wife. He was one of the early celebrities who had to deal with getting AIDS in an era when it was a death sentence. He carried on performing—until the very end.”

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 Time Out London had a quick interview with Peter Morgan, the screenwriter for the Freddie movie.

Flagrantly copypasting and refraining from editorializing:


The screenwriter Peter Morgan gave more details last night about his work on an upcoming film about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – including how he's having to tread carefully with the band's three surviving members.

‘That's where my head is now,’ Morgan told an audience at Bafta during a talk as part of the Bafta and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series. ‘I’m meeting rock Gods, and I love it.’

Morgan says that it’s been tricky dealing with Queen’s surviving members, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. ‘Queen are sensitive because it will show rancour and disagreements in the collaborative process. In a way, the film, for me, reflects my own experience of filmmaking as a collaborative process. Just as a film is never the result of one person, so the band doesn’t like the idea of Queen being “A Band by Freddie Mercury” – and they’re right. It won't just be about Freddie Mercury.’

Morgan also stressed that although Baron Cohen is played the lead, no one should expect an out-and-out comedy. ‘They’ve hired me, so they’re not expecting gags. This is a drama.’

Asked whether he had read Tony Blair’s autobiography to compare notes with his scripts for ‘The Queen’ and ‘The Deal’, the 47-year-old writer said he was too busy reading and thinking about Mercury.

‘I will read it at some point – but at the moment my head’s full of books about Farrokh Bulsara’ – Mercury’s real name.

Morgan said that at first he didn’t think the film was a good idea when it was suggested to him. Baron Cohen is 38, so he didn’t feel he could write about Mercury’s younger years, and Mercury died in 1991 at 45, which didn’t leave him many years to investigate.

‘I didn’t want to write about a man dying from Aids. Luckily, when I looked into Mercury’s life, I found a good story in that window.’ Morgan didn’t specify, but other reports have suggested that the film will focus on the run-up to Queen’s performance at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985.

Author: Dave Calhoun



Sep. 16th, 2010 09:39 pm
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So I was reading PerezHilton (don't judge! It's my guilty pleasure!) and I came across this which led me to this and I am just jskldjfaksjdksjd?! Ya know? All the deets are in the second link, but if you're too lazy:

  • Sacha Baron Cohen will be playing Freddie Mercury in a Queen biopic.

  • Production begins in 2011.

  • Movie focuses on band's early years and the Live Aid Perfomance (script in the works)

  • Still unsure if Cohen will sing or if Freddie's vocals will be used. But this makes me hyperventilate like a mad woman. I'm excited because it's Queen and I loved the Live Aid Performance (curse my birth being years after!!). I'm still a little iffy about Sacha Cohen as Freddie Mercury because the only movie I saw him in was Borat (ver' nice) and it was just in little clips (D8). I can't wait to see this! Or I can just go watch Live Aid on Youtube.

    Anyway, thoughts?