|QUEEN guitarist Brian May says Sacha Baron Cohen is the best choice to play the band's legendary singer, Freddie Mercury.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Record, Brian reveals that Ali G star Sacha has been telling the band for years he was born to play Freddie in the biopic due to begin filming this year.
Brian says the rest of Queen have been reluctant to agree to the film, which will have a screenplay by Oscar-winning writer Peter Morgan. He still has mixed feelings.
The 63-year-old, who has been voted the seventh-best guitarist of all time, said: "It is a project which is taking up a lot of time even though it is in the preparatory stages. It is a bit early to say how we will feel about it.
"Obviously, we go into it with a great amount of enthusiasm but also a certain amount of caution because Freddie's legacy is very precious and we have a great responsibility not to mess it up. It is more about Freddie than it is about us and that is deliberately so.
"We have resisted making this film for a long time and it is only now we feel we have the right people that we have given it the OK.
"Sacha does seem perfect. If it hadn't beenfor Sacha pushing and pushing, we wouldn't be at this point. We didn't choose him. He chose us.
"He is passionate about playing Freddie. For years, he's been saying he is going to do it."
Freddie died of Aids-related pneumonia in 1991 aged 45.
Queen, who sold more than 300million albums worldwide, 18 of which have been No1s, and have played to millions of people around the globe, are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. They are the band who stole the show at Live Aid and have the best selling Greatest Hits album ever. Despite having been playing since 1971, the band are in demand more than ever.
With former Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers on lead vocals, Queen have continued to sell out concerts around the world and their Olivier award-winning musical, We Will Rock You, has been seen by millions across the globe since it first hit London's West End in 2001.
A bbc documentary featuring interviews with Brian and drummer Roger Taylor will be shown in June to mark the 40th anniversary.
Brian, who is married to former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, said: "It is a sobering thought.
"I still feel like that young guy who stepped out on stage for the first time. A huge amount has happened though, more than anyone could have dreamed of.
"I saw the rough cut of the documentary. It sums up the middle years of Queen and I got a huge emotional jolt from it. "I kept thinking, 'My God, is that me?' Sometimes it seems like a different life. I sometimes feel it is all happening in my head."
Brian continued: "Our manager says he is busier now than he has ever been. "He asked me the other day if I realised we had been going for 40 years and 20 of those years had been without Freddie.
"That's very, very strange for me to think about, especially as Queen are more current to more people than they have ever been.
"A lot of people thought there was no future without Freddie. I certainly did. But, in a sense, Freddie is still with us. I deal with part of him every day of my life. "That is actually a strangely joyous experience these days."
In the last 20 years, Brian has also developed his reputation as the musician who everybody wants to work with.
He has released two successful solo albums, played the national a nthem on top of Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, worked with younger pop stars such as Five and made frequent appearances on stage at We Will Rock You performances. There are even rumours of a collaboration with Lady Gaga on her next album, Born This Way. After all, Gaga has often said Freddie Mercury is her inspiration.
Brian has even set up the Save Me charity devoted to the protection of the UK's wildlife.
And now he is about to start touring again. This time it's with Kerry Ellis on the back of her hugely successful 2010 album, Anthems, produced by Brian.
The pair have had a close working relationship since Brian spotted her appearing as Martine McCutcheon's understudy in My Fair Lady and asked her to audition for the lead female role in the original cast of We Will Rock You.
Brian said: "Kerry is a wonderful interpreter of material and we do have a great working relationship. "We have both been incredibly busy over the last 10 years and managed to snatch moments to keep experimenting.
"You have to keep trying things and be prepared to fail to find the things which magically light up.
"We found a lot of those in the end and I am really proud of the album."
Incredibly, the guitarist, who once played in front of 325,000 people at Queen's Rio concert in 1985, still gets nervous when he is about to go on stage.
Brian, who has a PhD in astrophysics, said: "I still get an enormous buzz when I pick up the guitar. I am still a kid in that way.
"I just love the noise it makes and for me it is a voice.
"I still have the guitar which I made when I was a boy.
"Going out on stage is such a heightened experience and in a way you are conscious of everything around you.
"Some things float to the top, though, and sometimes it is a great feeling and you have an amazing rapport with the audience.
"But other times it is, 'I wonder if I locked both doors at home'.
"The nerves never go away as anything can happen. It is live and dangerous and that's part of the attraction to the audience."
Brian, whose mum came from Perthshire, loves coming to Scotland whenever he can.
He said: "It does remind me of my mum and I still have family there, which is nice.
"Plus Scottish audiences are always so receptive it makes it incredibly enjoyable to play there."? Anthems: The Tour is at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre on May 11 and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on May 12. For tickets, go to link
|I may of posted a reply like this somewhere in another topic, but;
I think it would a good idea if Brian and Roger keep their noses out of the film. What we don't want is another Oliver Stone The Doors.
Reasons for that statement is because; dispite BM and RT knowing FM personally, both, mainily BM have been noted to make massive holes in their statement. Brian once said somewhere that Queen first perfromed It's A Hard Life at the Princess Trust. We all know thats not true. With Roger, he once said negative comments about shows like The X Factor and American Idol, and then he appears on those show. That leads me to the point of Rock Monteral Commertary, I think lot of things mentioned have been twisted and bent to make Saul Swimmer look bad. But I'm going off topic.
I don't see any problem with Cohen play Mercury as I don't judge by impressions. Just because he played Borat, doesn't mean thats the only thing he can do. That seems to be the problem I have seen in many Americans (and some Brits), they are just thinking commercailly and not critically. While not Queen related, the best example of this Daniel Craig as Bond. Craig took a lot a negative flac from the media because he was blond, but when people saw Casino Royale, everyone was proven wrong; even the previous actors say he is the perfect.
As I've written screenplays before, I think the best direction the FM pic should go is in a non liner narrative, very simular to The Social Network, but thats just me.
In the end, people should just stop judging until the final product is here. Yes, some info may be bent or changed, but its a fucking movie, don't take it to heart. If you don't like the film when its released, pretend it doesn't exsits. End of.
|I have been doing work on this biopic for the last couple of months, i
now have an entire cast proposal, that i hope Queen and Gk films will
consider employing for the movie. My work is free, i am only invensted
in it , in the respect i want the best movie, which requires amongst
other things the best cast.
The attachment is a picture of the actor who should play Freddie Mercury in the biopic
His name is Jeremy Kapone, aswell as being an actor, he is also a lead
singer, and so is used to that enviroment, although i believe all music
should be dubbed.
It is best to go to my youtube for further insight into what i have come up with.
It is best to start at the featured video and work back in the playlist
But here is a basic list of parts i have found actors for.
John Reid (Manager)
Jim Beach (Manager)
Roy Thomas Baker (Producer)
Mick Rock (Photographer)
Rienhold mack MAC
Peter RATTY Hince
Chis CRYSTAL Taylor
Peter PHOEBE Freestone
Richard Young (Photographer)
James Trip khalaf
USA FREINDS JOE FANELLI -JOE SCARDILLI LEE NOLAN JOHN MURPHY etc
Most of the possible cast for these are included in videos i have made, but some of them are new
I have 4 possible David Bowie's and 2 Elton Johns' I also have 2 possible Sid Vicious'
Yet mostly thecast is as is , as they are the best possible, both in
character, similarity looks and abilitiy to play the role .
|In reply to the ARTICLE
Sacha Baron Cohen cannot act in a standard needed, nor does he truly look like Freddie Mercury, he is too tall, will not be able to move in a way that is reminiscent of Freddie' s stage craft, Will be known to the entire world and recognisable as Borat and as himself,so will spoil the believability of the story, and will draw all attention away from Freddie, his life and talents
to his own borat/ bruno SBC image.
Jeremy Kapone is young, fit and healthy enough to achive and convince as Freddie on stage, he will be able to wear the costumes Freddie wore and attain the same affect Freddie wanted to have in his early seventies stage costume, the white the black, then onto the ballet style clothes-leather etc , not to gain a laugh but to gain atmosphere , mood and style that adds to the performance.
Jeremy Kapone has good skin, is in his mid 20's, and has the same shape bone structure that Freddie had evenin his 30's and Freddie had good skin upto his mid thirties ,and when Freddie first got his moustache --- Freddie- never looked old.
Jeremy Kapone can act and will be a conduit to tell Freddie's story in a suitable and respectful and believable manner that will be visually stunning, people will believe it is Freddie, and will be enraptured in the storyline in a way that is as perfect as can possibly be hoped for.
Jeremy unlike Sacha is only a inch half taller than the real Freddie, Jeremy Is also a lead singer, so is used to stage and instruments etc, Jeremy Kapone looks like Freddie Mercury enough to become him to the world on the big screen.
Also in regards to Jeremy's near exact Freddie replica hieght, all the rest of the band actors are perfect near exact for the true band members and compliment kapone.
You need to get intouch with them all as soon as possible
all, and especially soon for dominic harris who is 6 foot something perfect as Brian May, but like sacha baron cohen is a comedian, and i am not sure he has dramtically acted,
so is not strictly an actor , although he must have some talent in that area, as he relays comedy before live audiences and tells stories in other words , by conveying fictional scenarios etc verbally and visually . Plus even though he looks a very good Brian May, he will need t o lose a little wieght to look even more exact,- maybe i dont know but i just thought He is not as thin as Brian was- he is not at all fat though , in any way.
The rest are all bonified actors.
|Fuck, we've got another one.
|my blog with all cast pictures comments and latest worthy biopic news
some media things are just too purile to post
like the Katy Perry no sense.