Guitarist Lashes Out At Sacha Baron Cohen Over Freddie Mercury Biopic

According to The Guardian, Queen’s Brian May has lashed out at Sacha Baron Cohen. Cohen was in talks with May and Roger Taylor about playing the part of Freddie Mercury in a long-awaited biopic, but the talks broke down and Cohen spoke to the press about the process, which drew criticism from the guitarist. “Sacha became an arse,” he said. “We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas, but he went off and told untruths about what happened,” he said. The Ali G and Borat actor claimed that Queen had wanted to sugarcoat Mercury’s story, prompting May to say that the group had never been the kind of people to duck from the truth. He said they were now hoping that Ben Whishaw, who plays Q in the most recent James Bond films, would play Mercury as “he’s fabulous, a real actor.” Zing.

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