Brian May: “Why Sacha Baron Cohen couldn’t play Freddie…”

October 21, 2013

Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards 2011 In London - CeremonyBrian May has revealed why the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic will not feature Sacha Baron Cohen playing the part of the late Queen singer.

“It’s quite difficult to talk about,” the Queen guitarist tells Classic Rock, “because we owe Sacha a lot. He had so much enthusiasm for the project and it really helped us kick it into the start position. But in the end we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting.

“What led us to that conclusion was the last three movies that he’s made – The Dictator, Les Miserables and Hugo – in which he makes outstanding performances, but they’re very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances. And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t that could really happen with Sacha.

“That’s not any criticism of his talent whatsoever, it’s just a feeling that it was not going to work – that the pieces didn’t fit together anymore. But we parted company on very good terms.

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