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Sacha Baron Cohen's Freddie Mercury Departure Explained
ign.com ^ | 9/26/13

Posted on 10/04/2013 3:14:21 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

Queen drummer Roger Taylor says they didn't want the movie to be "a joke."

Earlier this summer, Sacha Baron Cohen left GK Film's untitled Freddie Mercury biopic over "creative differences." Now it has come to light exactly what those differences were.

As it turns out, Baron Cohen actually dropped the Mercury project because the late singer's Queen bandmates didn't want the Borat star for the film.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.ign.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: biography; dragqueen; film; freddiemercury; gayicon; music; queen
I am betting Cohen wanted to make Mercury's life more realistic--which means it wouldn't be all good......

Cohen does make some pretty disgusting jokes and foul humor, but he also has, I think, an eagerness to make his characters authentic--which is why he never seems to break character....

1 posted on 10/04/2013 3:14:23 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

personally, i am glad they are searching for someone else to play the role of Freddie Mercury...


2 posted on 10/04/2013 3:27:19 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: latina4dubya

Not surprisingly Cohen has been type-cast as a funny, often ribald, buffoon. But he also is a clever fellow who I think intended to do a realistic portrayal of Mercury (with some humor of course) which I believe he was fully capable of doing.


3 posted on 10/04/2013 3:35:28 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: luvbach1

Stallone, Carrey, and several other “light” or otherwise-non-serious actors have been able to step out of that mould and do some heavy drama from time to time. No reason Cohen couldn’t be counted among them.


4 posted on 10/04/2013 3:39:24 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Cohen also did Bruno....which was that gay Austrian whatever...and probably real reason why Queen not wanting him to play Mercury....although Mercury wore some queer looking outfits himself


5 posted on 10/04/2013 4:44:37 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Fact Is: GOPe want ObamaCare.)
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To: Little Pig

Cohen is a far better actor than the ones you mentioned.


6 posted on 10/04/2013 4:45:42 AM PDT by sakic
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To: sakic
Cohen is a far better actor than the ones you mentioned

Especially in his role of Thenardier in Les Miserables

7 posted on 10/04/2013 4:51:25 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: SoFloFreeper

Casting a jackass to play a fag? The only thing better would have been to cast a fag jackass, but George Takei was busy and Elton John can’t act.


8 posted on 10/04/2013 5:28:58 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: luvbach1
Not surprisingly Cohen has been type-cast as a funny, often ribald, buffoon. But he also is a clever fellow who I think intended to do a realistic portrayal of Mercury (with some humor of course) which I believe he was fully capable of doing.

He was very good in "Les Miserable". As was the entire cast.

9 posted on 10/04/2013 5:46:30 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: IronJack

Maybe Jay Carney?


10 posted on 10/04/2013 6:11:59 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: sakic
Cohen is a far better actor than the ones you mentioned.

He was excellent in Talladega Nights.

11 posted on 10/04/2013 6:15:38 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: luvbach1

Cohen is obnoxious but he would have been perfect for the part.


12 posted on 10/04/2013 8:29:41 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SoFloFreeper; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; GeronL
This am series motion picture. Do not laugh at the Freddie Mercury!


13 posted on 10/04/2013 10:53:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: luvbach1

I think Cohen could be real good as a serious actor if he wanted to be. I really liked him in “Hugo”.


14 posted on 10/04/2013 10:56:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’ve never seen Cohen in anything, but Mercury was an obvious homosexual. It’s not as if he tried to hide it onstage.


15 posted on 10/04/2013 10:59:27 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: dfwgator
I think Cohen could be real good as a serious actor if he wanted to be.

Maybe, but what a waste of a Cambridge education.

-PJ

16 posted on 10/04/2013 11:04:03 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: trisham

Fred was in a heterosexual relationship before he gave himself over to his base desires.

I have seen this happen to a friend in another city (ran into him through a common friend years after last seeing him). He was no longer in the lengthy “live-in” relationship with his girlfriend. Had lost a lot of weight, adopted more swishy mannerisms than he had in the past, and does not seem to be looking for a steady relationship. Drug use continues to be a factor in his life.


17 posted on 10/04/2013 11:09:45 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

It’s a very unhealthy lifestyle.


18 posted on 10/04/2013 11:10:52 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: dfwgator

He was manic and funny in Hugo. But he did not come across as Borat.


19 posted on 10/04/2013 11:19:13 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Maybe, but what a waste of a Cambridge education.

Well he managed to get Isla Fisher, so it did some good.

20 posted on 10/04/2013 11:26:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: a fool in paradise

Freddie, as with many cases, was molested as a teenager.


21 posted on 10/04/2013 11:27:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: luvbach1

And as mentioned above, he was probably my favorite character in Les Miserables. Took me a few minutes to realize it was him.


22 posted on 10/04/2013 11:30:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: trisham

Hugo or Les Miserables...I would recommend those. He was quite outrageous in Bruno...unless you like sexual explicit humor.

Cohen is a talented man.


23 posted on 10/04/2013 1:15:23 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: dfwgator

I think as a child, too, he was molested. He was sent off to boarding school at a young age. He even was a boxer for a little while as a kid.

He chose a very poor lifestyle, though I do believe when he worked, he worked extremely hard...the strength of his voice and his creativity were a gift from God.

Who knows what happens to a person in one’s last days? From his music, it is apparent he knew the story of Jesus Christ; I hope it penetrated his heart as his body grew weaker.

Someday we’ll know.


24 posted on 10/04/2013 1:18:31 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Thanks!


25 posted on 10/04/2013 1:20:22 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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