Hey, this stinks! (“Hey, this stinks!” is a new catchphrase I’m working on developing, the start of a new catchphrase is always the rockiest part, plz stay with me.) Due to creative differences with members of Queen, Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped out of the Freddie Mercury biopic. BUT HE LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE HIM! From Deadline:

Sacha Baron Cohen is just not seeing eye to eye with the remaining members of Queen who have script and director approval over that biopic on iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury. That film had Cohen circling the role but I’ve just learned he’s now pulled out. The reason is that the band wanted to make more of a PG movie about Queen while Cohen was counting on a gritty R-rated tell-all centered around the gifted gay singer.

Uh, so, who should replace Sacha Baron Cohen in what could have possibly been a very good movie (the band also vetoed writer Peter Morgan and directors David Fincher and Tom Hooper) (?! QUEEN, COME ON!) but what will now probably not be a very good movie? At this point my number one choice is Drake dressed up as Borat, but I could be swayed if anyone else has a better idea! Benedict Cumberbatch dressed as Borat? No. That wouldn’t be any good. Britt Daniel from Spoon dressed not as Borat but as Freddie Mercury? That also wouldn’t be good, but I’d still see it. Rik Mayall? No. Huh. This is hard! Kanye West?! Should we just listen to Queen instead of trying to do this movie? Huh, boys? Queen boys? What do you say?

Comments (23)
  1. What a bunch of drama queens!

  2. We should all just listen to Queen instead of making this movie. I propose we start with “Sheer Heart Attack.”

  3. Helen Mirren is really good at playing queens, maybe they should see if she’s available?

  4. “the band wanted to make more of a PG movie about Queen”

    Way to have your finger on the pulse of what moviegoers want to see, guys.

  5. Either Paul Rodgers or Adam Lambert, I guess.

  6. I have two words about the decision making qualifications of the remaining members of Queen: Queen musical. That thing is the hottest of all the garbage.

    • I have been a long time lurker and fan of this site, but I finally signed up just to agree with you. ‘We Will Rock You’ :- WHO on Earth was so proud of that shite that they agreed to put their name to it.

  7. Um, PG, eh? In that case I think it has to be The Rock.

  8. kelly, stop trying to make “hey, this stinks!” happen. it’s not going to happen.

  9. Having caught up with the Jake and Emir podcast, If I Were You, I say Drake too. But that’s because they seem to mention Drake in all the shows! Especially the line, “No new friends, no no no.” Anyway, Drake fanboy here. I guess that’s just the motion.

  10. We should, in fact, just listen to Queen instead of trying to do this movie. No thanks, please don’t.

  11. Let’s boycott it and go see the Teddy Uranus biopic instead.

  12. Anyone watching Project Runway? The Russian guy who was in the bottom two with the …revealing…swimsuit would make a great Freddie Mercury. I kept referring to him as Freddie Mercury, so my husband thought that was really his name.

    • AH! YES! That guy! Also: I don’t like him. But I liked that eco-friendly, almost-losing guy even less. But it is the first episode so I am willing to give everyone another chance.

  13. Something tells me this `band Veto` may be enacted until Brian May can say, `Well, I guess there is nobody else who can play Freddie but me. I will play the lead singer and frontman of Queen. Don`t read into this. It`s the only possible solution. K thx.`.

  14. Johnny Depp said he’ll do it.

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