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Old 23-07-2013, 13:06
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Sad to see that Sasha Baron-Cohen has pulled out of the Freddie Mercury Biopic. Apparently, it was due to creative differences although I wonder if the real reason might be that Sasha had a problem capturing the essence of Freddie during rehearsals.

Who else could portray Freddie on screen?
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Old 23-07-2013, 13:07
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Old 23-07-2013, 14:13
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Apparently it's because Sasha wanted to do a no-holes barred account of his life, probably including all the sex and drugs and the 15 or 18 rating that goes with it, but Brian & Roger want a more family friendly approach that'll be rated PG and get the maximum audience possible.

If you're going to tell his story (which most Queen fans know about anyway and are part of rock n' roll legend anyway), then why try to sanitise it and make it out to be not as bad as it was. It only makes Brian & Roger look stupid, controlling and money hungry.
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Old 23-07-2013, 15:09
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I can see why Sasha quit and it's a shame because he would of been dynamite for the role. He has been signed up to this role for about 3 years nearly, so it's a shame.

I wonder who will take over.
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Old 23-07-2013, 15:35
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Doesn't surprise me having seen Brian May's reaction to the Freddie Gorilla being removed. He found it, or rather, the teeth, offensive:

http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/arti...la-2041173.jpg

They clearly feel very protective of him and his legacy and I suspect they don't want anything coming out that might tarnish that. But are they being too protective? I do wonder that. The gorilla was harmless and actually made me, as a Freddie fan, smile. It was fun. But once the charity set up in his name found out, they swiftly demanded it be removed. Shame. If they carry on like that Freddie's memory won't be around to be remembered.

Perhaps the closest we'll get to a biopic is the documentary "The Great Pretender".

The behind the scenes clips in the extended music video for that song are funny btw:

http://youtu.be/ly-JZowFHDA
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Old 23-07-2013, 18:00
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Apparently it's because Sasha wanted to do a no-holes barred account of his life, probably including all the sex and drugs and the 15 or 18 rating that goes with it, but Brian & Roger want a more family friendly approach that'll be rated PG and get the maximum audience possible.

If you're going to tell his story (which most Queen fans know about anyway and are part of rock n' roll legend anyway), then why try to sanitise it and make it out to be not as bad as it was. .
They can't have been too happy with Paul Gambacinni's contribution to the "Days of Our Lives" documentary then, in which he talked about how Freddie used to tell him all about the clubs he went to in New York which had invented new uses for the human anatomy.

Good for Sacha Baron Cohen for having some principles though. I lose more and more respect for Brian May and Roger Taylor over the years. Mind you, they were trying to rewrite history almost as soon as he was dead when they went on TV-am and claimed he was never promiscuous. Yeah, right, and the Pope's not a Catholic I suppose? Fortunately, plenty of people have been prepared to tell the truth and he's on record himself as saying he was promiscuous.

It only makes Brian & Roger look stupid, controlling and money hungry.
Brian May and Roger Taylor in it for the money? I'd never have thought that!!
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Old 23-07-2013, 18:02
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Who else could portray Freddie on screen?
Danny Dyer.
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Old 23-07-2013, 18:05
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Doesn't surprise me having seen Brian May's reaction to the Freddie Gorilla being removed. He found it, or rather, the teeth, offensive:

http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/arti...la-2041173.jpg

They clearly feel very protective of him and his legacy and I suspect they don't want anything coming out that might tarnish that. But are they being too protective? I do wonder that. The gorilla was harmless and actually made me, as a Freddie fan, smile. It was fun. But once the charity set up in his name found out, they swiftly demanded it be removed. Shame.
To be fair, in our PC times, that gorilla could be interpreted as having a hint of racism about it.
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Old 23-07-2013, 19:06
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I think any biopic of Freddie Mercury should have some elements of his lifestyle, maybe not all of it but to whitewash it seems wrong.
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Old 23-07-2013, 19:13
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Sad to see that SBC has pulled out. I was looking forward to seeing his portrayal of Freddie.

Apparently it's because Sasha wanted to do a no-holes barred account of his life, probably including all the sex and drugs and the 15 or 18 rating that goes with it, but Brian & Roger want a more family friendly approach that'll be rated PG and get the maximum audience possible.

If you're going to tell his story (which most Queen fans know about anyway and are part of rock n' roll legend anyway), then why try to sanitise it and make it out to be not as bad as it was. It only makes Brian & Roger look stupid, controlling and money hungry.
I think that it does nothing but make Roger and Brian look bad, far more so than Sacha.
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Old 23-07-2013, 19:23
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Apparently it's because Sasha wanted to do a no-holes barred account of his life
Er..Think you mean No holds barred, but very apt as its Freddie's story
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Old 23-07-2013, 19:36
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I didn't notice I typed that, but of course, how very Freddie!
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Old 23-07-2013, 19:37
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Er..Think you mean No holds barred, but very apt as its Freddie's story
One of my bosses used to say "any hole's a goal".

I could understand the problem if Sacha had actually wanted to depict a no-holes-barred biopic, as depicting Freddie entering the holes would have been a step too far and made it x-rated and straight to video. However, showing Freddie visiting the gay bars and getting off with big burly men with moustaches (who were apparently his type) seems perfectly reasonable and accurate to me. He wasn't Mary ****ing Poppins!!!
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Old 23-07-2013, 19:50
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Who else could portray Freddie on screen?
Luis Suarez

I can see him now just singing the classics "Another One Bites The Dust"; "I Want To Break Free (of Liverpool FC)"; "Play The Game"; "Back Chat"; "I Want It All"; Scandal"; "One Vision"; "I'm Going Slightly Mad"; his tribute to Andy Carroll "Hammer To Fall"; and of course his showstopper "Who Wants To Live For Evra".
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Old 23-07-2013, 20:51
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Shame he pulled out he would have been perfect for the role! I think its a chance to re-write the film IIRC it was only going to be up to Live Aid but the AIDS battle was a massive part of Freddie's legacy! A 3 half hour marathon it may be but it would be worth it to tell the whole story!
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Old 23-07-2013, 21:09
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This has been on the cards for ages, i have been saying for years that this movie wouldn't come off, it has been dragging on for years, with Cohen dropping out then the writer, director, if it was going to happen, a script and director would have been in place, then casting, then a shoot date in place.

Its all very vague, with no real script, no director and no star.

I wish it would have happened, id love to see a Freddie biopic, but like the Queen Anthologies and releasing of interesting deluxe albums, i fear it wont happen until Brian and Roger are out of the picture.

Not that i dislike either of them, i love their music, and have seen them live many times, amazing musicians, but they are too close to everything, and are too busy with other stuff to really care about what people actually want to see and hear.

IMO of course.
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Old 23-07-2013, 21:17
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Doesn't surprise me having seen Brian May's reaction to the Freddie Gorilla being removed. He found it, or rather, the teeth, offensive:

http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/arti...la-2041173.jpg

They clearly feel very protective of him and his legacy and I suspect they don't want anything coming out that might tarnish that. But are they being too protective? I do wonder that. The gorilla was harmless and actually made me, as a Freddie fan, smile. It was fun. But once the charity set up in his name found out, they swiftly demanded it be removed. Shame. If they carry on like that Freddie's memory won't be around to be remembered.

Perhaps the closest we'll get to a biopic is the documentary "The Great Pretender".

The behind the scenes clips in the extended music video for that song are funny btw:

http://youtu.be/ly-JZowFHDA
Perhaps, but I'd wager they are more protective of their own revenue streams.
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Old 23-07-2013, 22:10
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Perhaps, but I'd wager they are more protective of their own revenue streams.
This.

You cannot possibly have a Mercury film and have it PG.

Would he have wanted a movie in the first place? I doubt it. I was looking forward to it though.
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Old 24-07-2013, 12:05
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Dominic Cooper would be my choice to play Freddie.
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Old 24-07-2013, 23:49
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Luis Suarez

I can see him now just singing the classics "Another One Bites The Dust"; "I Want To Break Free (of Liverpool FC)"; "Play The Game"; "Back Chat"; "I Want It All"; Scandal"; "One Vision"; "I'm Going Slightly Mad"; his tribute to Andy Carroll "Hammer To Fall"; and of course his showstopper "Who Wants To Live For Evra".
Now that's funny . . .
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Old 26-07-2013, 19:20
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Mike Myers might have stood a chance but he's probably too old now. I think Sacha Baron Cohen is the probably the only person in the world who could do it.
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Old 27-07-2013, 01:51
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Im really sad but not surprised.

Huge Queen fan. Having seen Sasha Baron Cohen singing in the Sweeny Todd and les Miserables, he was definately right for the part. And he looks like early 70's long haired Freddie.

However its all Brian Bloody May's fault as usual. This is the man who is so focused on taste and design when it comes to this film but not when it comes to releasing **** with Dappy or whoever else he can find in the gutter.

No doubt in 6 months they will have cast a badger in the lead role and just scrapped the film in place of a badger nature documentary.
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Old 27-07-2013, 06:54
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The problem with Sasha is he is untested properly as a serious actor, but most of all he is way too tall. Having a Freddie that is well over 6ft towering over everyone would look odd.

As for as his replacement, do they really have to look like him? It helps, yes, but is it necessary?

I think Roger and Brian are doing the right thing if they are trying to keep the sex and drugs out of it and going for a PG or 12 rating. I don't think that it's to make more money, lets face it they don't need it.
IMO they are more concerned about protecting Freddie and because it's not needed in a film even if some stuff is in the public domain.
I'm a big fan of Carry On actor Kenneth William. After he diesm his personal diaries were published revealing his thoughts, fears, possibly paranoia and his dislike of some of the actors he worked with. I've never read them. Why? because he was a private person that didn't go looking for publicity. I didn't know or even meet Kenneth, but I feel sure he would be horrified that his privacy was violated after his death.

Freddie too was also apparently very shy when he didn't know people, kept himself out of the limelight when not on stage, and liked his privacy. If a film is made about the sex and drugs, which lets face it is likely to have so much artistic licence written off as "based on events" as all biopics and autobiographies are, how does that make us the viewer know what the "real" Freddie was like?

I can guarantee if a TV movie is ever made about Jimmy Saville, it will be about him being a paedophile and all the negative stuff. It won't focus on the good stuff he did. History can't be changed and he did raise incredible amounts of money for charity. By his association he put Stoke Manderville Hospital on the world stage as one of the best hospitals in the country if not the world. All of this will be brushed aside, despite it also being the "real" Jimmy Saville for the grubby, seedy salacious side of his life.

There was criticism of the film The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep saying it didn't show properly all the harm, pain etc that she inflicted on people, ruining people's lives. True, it didn't. But it wasn't trying too. That wasn't the point of the film. The film was about this woman who in her older years is getting dementia, coming to terms with not having the power, her husband not being there anymore only in her mind. It was the story of her life AFTER she was retired from politics and public life. everything else was flashback and her memories of bits of her life from her point of view.

I'm a Queen fan, I'm a fan of Freddie, but I have no interest in all in the sex and drugs side of his life, even if it did result in him getting AIDS. There was so much more to Freddie than that and IMO that is what should be remembered and the film if it is made should be about.
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Old 27-07-2013, 18:11
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This has been on the cards for ages, i have been saying for years that this movie wouldn't come off, it has been dragging on for years, with Cohen dropping out then the writer, director, if it was going to happen, a script and director would have been in place, then casting, then a shoot date in place.

Its all very vague, with no real script, no director and no star.

I wish it would have happened, id love to see a Freddie biopic, but like the Queen Anthologies and releasing of interesting deluxe albums, i fear it wont happen until Brian and Roger are out of the picture.

Not that i dislike either of them, i love their music, and have seen them live many times, amazing musicians, but they are too close to everything, and are too busy with other stuff to really care about what people actually want to see and hear.

IMO of course.
This is it in a nutshell essentially.
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Old 28-07-2013, 04:36
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Freddie Forever
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