Queen: Sacha Baron Cohen ‘too funny’ for Freddie Mercury biopic

Queen: Sacha Baron Cohen ‘too funny’ for Freddie Mercury biopic

Freddie Mercury during a 1985 performance. Photo: Associated Press

Rockers Queen decided against Sacha Baron Cohen playing their late band mate Freddie Mercury on the big screen over fears the Brit was too funny for the part.

The “Borat” star is said to have fallen out with the remaining members of legendary band Queen, who had script and director approval, and now drummer Roger Taylor has opened up about the movie and Cohen’s casting.

He says, “We felt Sacha probably wasn’t right. We didn’t want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved.”

The much-anticipated biopic is believed to have since been shelved and Taylor admits there’s not much hope for the project.

He adds, “I thought the music business was slow, but this has been like swimming in treacle. We need to step back now.”

Cohen’s writing partner Dan Mazer is convinced it was for the best that the funnyman failed to land the role as the tragic Queen front man, who died in 1991.

He explains, “It probably wasn’t a right fit. The thing about Sacha is he is very sure about how he wants to do things. He is not a man to compromise or dilute things. If he felt he couldn’t do it the right way, then he didn’t want to do it.”

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

HOLIDAY TV: What to watch this week


This week is packed with programs to get you in the holiday spirit.

in Entertainment

Bono, Clooney, Kardashian part of all-star campaign for AIDS

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Bono arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A New York City doctor says U2 singer Bono suffered multiple fractures and had to have two surgeries after his weekend bicycle accident. Orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Dean Lorich says Bono underwent a five-hour surgery on his elbow in which three plates and 18 screws were inserted on Sunday night. Bono had another surgery to repair a fracture to his left pinkie on Monday. Lorich says Bono will need therapy but a full recovery is expected.

Bono is a launching an all-star campaign featuring "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" like walking the red carpet with Meryl Streep or visiting the "Game of Thrones" set.

in Sports

Royals players get $370K bonus for World Series win


The World Series champion Kansas City Royals generously split up their Fall Classic players' pool haul of more than $25 million into 55 full shares worth $370,069 apiece, Major League baseball said on Monday.

in Entertainment

WHAT’S ON: New on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu in December


Get your remotes ready for a new round of binge-worthy movies and TV.

in Music

Mexican Beatles fans attempt costume record


Music fans in Mexico sought to break the world record for gathering together the largest number of people dressed as members of iconic band The Beatles.