Sacha Baron Cohen Talks About Why He Left the ‘FREDDIE MERCURY’ Biopic

– by Gig Patta

All things end when the band breaks up.

In this case, it’s over a disagreement with the surviving members of the band.

In an interview with Howard Stern, Sacha Baron Cohen explained on how he left FREDDIE MERCURY movie over creative difference with members of the British band.

Cohen cited the difference was over Mercury’s death from AIDS.

A member of the band believed the story is great, because “an amazing thing that happens in the middle of the movie…Freddie dies.” And then the band continues on without the singer.

However, Cohen disagrees.

“Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you carry on," he told the band.

The band kept with the rejections of movie ideas after bringing on screenwriter Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN, FROST/NIXON) and directors David Fincher (GONE GIRL, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) and Tom Hooper (THE DANISH GIRL, THE KING’S SPEECH).

“They are a band. They want to protect their legacy as a band and they want it to be about Queen,” said Cohen. “At the end of the day, it really was an artistic difference.”

FREDDIE MERCURY film is not totally dead yet. It picked up a new screenwriter Anthony McCarten (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) and with Ben Whishaw to play the lead singer.

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Source: Yahoo! Movie

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