The eccentric star left due to creative differences, fact.
So, it was creative differences all along. The remaining band members - Roger Taylor and Bryan May – have revealed exactly why Sacha Baron Cohen was forced out of the Freddie Mercury biopic, but have they made a huge mistake?
"We felt Sacha probably wasn't right. We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved," Taylor explained in an interview with Mojo. "I thought the music business was slow, but this has been like swimming in treacle," the drummer added.
Of course, Baron Cohen is famous for his comedy roles, but the bravery in which he approached Borat – a film for which he was nominated for multiple awards – served to show his range as an actor. It would seem as though he’s still waiting for the dramatic role to define his career; May and Taylor could have passed up a juggernaut.
In line to replace him in the film was Daniel Radcliffe, but those reports seem to have been false. “Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it," a source told The Daily Star. “Despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year’s movie Kill Your Darlings. Plus, he’s closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who’s much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.”
Radcliffe probably isn’t interested in the role due to a solid decade of working, and having just come off Broadway, the young Fulham-born star seems to be ready to finally take a break from acting. For a few months, anyway.
Daniel Radcliffe was considered for the role, apparently