No, Sacha Baron Cohen Will Not Do Freddie Mercury Biopic
For at least 24 hours, the Internet buzz seemed excited that “Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen was once again on board to write, direct and star in a biopic about legendary bisexual rocker Freddie Mercury. But, it was all a joke.Maybe a bad joke, because major entertainment sites had to retract their initial reporting that quoted the producer of the movie that’s still in development, and Queen manager Jim Beach.According to E! Online, Beach made the statement while accepting an honor over the weekend at the 2015 Artist and Manager Awards. Then, after there was such buzz about Cohen returning to the project, Queen guitarist Brian May, who presented the award along with drummer Roger Taylor, wrote on his website: “I’m afraid some folks might have taken it seriously!”It’s too bad, because apparently there’s an appetite for Cohen to play the role, although the Queen band has been touring with American Idol star Adam Lambert, who has come out as gay after his stint on the show.Cohen, the married actor, isn’t at all afraid of playing edgy and gay-friendly roles. His over-the-top “Bruno” movie had him playing an overly-sexual model who went after everyone.In the past, Cohen has said he will not water down anything about Mercury, and last year he left the project due to disagreements with the surviving members of Queen over the film’s direction and tone. The band sees the film as a PG-13 film, but Cohen wanted it to be a more realistic gritty R rating to cover all aspects of Mercury’s life. Mercury, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1991, led a very complicated life and Cohen has said repeatedly that he wanted to depict him accuratelyAt the awards, Beach said: “You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.” Nobody laughed at the awards..What do you think? Weigh in on our Facebook page, CLICK HERE.
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]