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'Sacha Baron Cohen Is An A***': Brian May Is Brutally Honest About Comedian's Departure From Freddie Mercury Biopic


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Brian May is painfully truthful about his opinion of Sacha Baron Cohen after the comedian pulled out of the Freddie Mercury biopic over disagreements about the content of the movie. When Cohen suggested that producers wanted something that was essentially a watered down reality, May wasn't happy.

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'Grimsby' star Sacha Baron Cohen could well have made the perfect Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic that's currently in the works. However, he decided to walk away from the project once he realised that it wouldn't be as candid as he'd have liked. He opened up about the conflict on The Howard Stern Show, claiming that May was 'not a great movie producer' and only interested to 'protect their legacy as a band'.

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Brian May Brands Sacha Baron Cohen An 'Arse' Over Freddie Mercury Biopic


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Queen guitarist Brian May has hit out at Sacha Baron Cohen, calling him an ‘arse’ over his recent comments about the planned Freddie Mercury biopic. Last month Cohen had said he left the film because the remaining members of Queen wanted to make a family friendly biopic, while the actor wanted something grittier.

Sacha Baron CohenBrian May has called Sacha Baron Cohen an ‘arse’.

“Sacha became an arse,” May told the Mail on Sunday. “We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas but he went off and told untruths about what happened. Why would he go away and say that we didn’t want to make a gritty film?"

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Brian May: Sacha Baron Cohen Not Involved In Freddie Mercury Biopic, Contrary To Rumours


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We know what you're thinking: Sacha Baron Cohen, the master of disguises and impressions, would have been the perfect actor to play Freddie Mercury. But, alas, it wasn't meant to be. Brian May, the guitarist of Queen, has confirmed Cohen is not involved in any film project relating to the life of Mercury.

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Sacha Baron Cohen is not involved in the Freddie Mercury biopic.

Read More: Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Duet To Appear On New Queen Album.

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Brian May Says Sacha Baron Cohen Won't Be Playing Freddie Mercury In Queen Biopic


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Well it was a good idea while it lasted, but it appears Sacha Baron Cohen will not be playing Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic after all, guitarist Brian May has confirmed. Queen’s long time manager Jim Beach was said to have announced Cohen’s involvement in the film on Thursday, while accepting an award at the Artist & Management Awards at London's Troxy venue.

Sacha Baron CohenSadly we will not get to see Sacha Baron Cohen sing 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

According to the Daily Mail, Beach had told the audience “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.”

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Sacha Baron Cohen Will Play Freddie Mercury In Upcoming Queen Biopic


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Sacha Baron Cohen has been confirmed as playing Freddie Mercury in a upcoming Queen biopic, according to the band’s manager Jim Beach. Beach, who has managed the band since 1978, made the announcement on Thursday night at the Artist & Management Awards at London's Troxy.

Sacha Baron Cohen Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury.

Along with starring as the band’s iconic frontman, Cohen will reportedly also be producing, writing and directing the film, according to the Daily Mail.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Liza Minnelli


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Liza Minnelli has recently been admitted into rehab so she can get help with substance abuse problems. The 69-year-old reportedly checked herself in early this week and is already showing signs of "excellent progress". Just in case you're struggling with the Minnelli trivia, here are five things you need to know about the Cabaret actress:

Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli has checked herself in to rehab.

Read More: Liza Minnelli Making "Excellent Progress" After Entering Rehab For Substance Abuse.

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Michael Jackson And Freddie Mercury Duet To Appear On New Queen Album


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Queen Forever, a new album being compiled by Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, will feature a previously unreleased duet between frontman Freddie Mercury and the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

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‘There Must Be More To Life Than This’ was first written by Mercury during Queen’s Hot Space album sessions, but was never finished. Mercury later visited Jackson to record his vocals for the 1984 LP The Works, but the song was still left unfinished. It would later appear as a solo track on Mercury’s album Mr Bad Guy.

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John Deacon Rules Out Any Involvement In Freddie Mercury Biopic


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Former Queen bassist John Deacon is apparently having nothing to do with the upcoming biopic of the group's late singer Freddie Mercury as he continues to maintain his exile from the surviving group member's work under the Queen name. According to the group's guitarist Brian May, Deacon has given the script for the film his approval, but wants nothing more to do with the upcoming movie project, or the potential new Queen album rumoured to be in the works.

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Mercury will be remembered in the upcoming biopic

"We kinda mourn for John as well as Freddie in a sense," May recently told Rolling Stone. "I do know John's read the script and he's in approval...[But] he just doesn't want to be walking those roads ... He's in his own space and we respect that. It's a shame, because we would love to have him around but he doesn't want to be in that arena anymore."

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Brian May Teases Possible 'New' Queen Album After New Demos Are Found


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Its been more than two decades since the passing of Freddie Mercury, but before his tragic passing, the powerful Queen vocalist may have spent more time in the recording booth than was initially anticipated. In addition to the recently unearthed duets with Michael Jackson, it turns out that Mercury also spent a good amount of solo time in the studio, as the treasure trove of recently unearthed demos suggests.

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Mercury was prolific in the recording booth

Speaking with Mojo (via The Guardian) for their December/January issue, guitarist Brian May revealed that he and the rest of the band have been scanning their archives for any unused material featuring the late Mercury, telling the magazine that they might have hit the jackpot. Comparing the project to Queen's fifteenth and final studio album, Made In Heaven, which was released nearly four years after Mercury's death in November 1995, May stated that the newly found tracks are being polished off and prepared for release. He went on to say that the hunt proved more fruitful than was initially planned and that there may be enough material for a full-length release.

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Ben Whishaw Lands Freddie Mercury Role, Replaces Sacha Baron Cohen


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Actor Ben Whishaw has reportedly stepped in to play legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury after the recent departure of Sacha Baron Cohen. The 33 year-old Skyfall actor has landed the role in the upcoming biopic charting the fame of the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' rocker, The Mail on Sunday claims to have confirmed.

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Ben Whishaw Is The Queen Favourite For The Role.

Baron Cohen dropped out over the summer over quarrels with the remaining Queen members regarding the film's plot. Sacha was said to be gunning for a bare-all, gritty portrayal of the singer who died in 1991 whereas the band preferred a more family-friendly storyline that celebrated Queen's music.

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At The Asian Awards 2011 At Grosvenor House

Freddie Mercury and Grosvenor House - Freddie Mercury's mother, Jer Bulsara, London, England - at The Asian Awards 2011 at Grosvenor House Tuesday 18th October 2011

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Freddie Mercury and Grosvenor House

Freddie For A Day Held At The Savoy - Arrivals.

Freddie Mercury - A Freddie Mercury fan London, England - Freddie For A Day held at The Savoy - Arrivals. Monday 5th September 2011

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Freddie Mercury's Mother Jer Bulsara, Leaving The Savoy Hotel, Having Attended The 'Freddie For A Day' Party - An Evening Of Comedy And Music To Mark What Would Have Been Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday.

Freddie Mercury Tuesday 6th September 2011 Freddie Mercury's mother Jer Bulsara, leaving the Savoy Hotel, having attended the 'Freddie for a Day' party - an evening of comedy and music to mark what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday. London, England

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Fearne Cotton and Freddie Mercury
Fearne Cotton and Freddie Mercury
Fearne Cotton and Freddie Mercury
Fearne Cotton and Freddie Mercury
Fearne Cotton and Freddie Mercury

Chris Evans And His Wife Natasha Shishmanian Leaving The Savoy Hotel, Having Attended The 'Freddie For A Day' Party - An Evening Of Comedy And Music To Mark What Would Have Been Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday.

Chris Evans and Freddie Mercury Tuesday 6th September 2011 Chris Evans and his wife Natasha Shishmanian leaving the Savoy Hotel, having attended the 'Freddie for a Day' party - an evening of comedy and music to mark what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday. London, England

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Chris Evans and Freddie Mercury
Chris Evans and Freddie Mercury
Chris Evans and Freddie Mercury
Chris Evans and Freddie Mercury
Chris Evans and Freddie Mercury
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