The Freddie Mercury biopic has been influx ever since Sacha Baron Cohen, who was set to play Mercury, and director Dexter Fletcher left the project. Cohen, for his part, threw Queen under the bus recently saying they didn’t want to make a film that showed off Mercury’s decadent lifestyle, but Brian May disagrees.
In an interview with U.K.’s The Daily Mail, May rips into Cohen by calling him an “arse” (how British!) and stating, “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. 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.”
That last line is a not-so-veiled reference to Cohen’s latest film, The Brothers Grimsby, which raked in a whopping $3.25 million in its opening weekend release in the U.S. and a 38% score at Rotten Tomatoes. So yeah…it didn’t do so hot.
As for the Mercury biopic, no one has yet to be cast in the role of the late Queen frontman, nor is there a new director, but May says “…The film’s not going out till it’s right.”
At this rate, who knows when this film will see the light of day?
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.