The feature film “Bohemian Rhapsody”, broadcast this Wednesday evening on M6, sees Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury, the legendary frontman of Queen. But did you know that the role could have gone to Sacha Baron Cohen?
Bohemian Rhapsody airs this Wednesday evening on M6. The opportunity to recall that the role of the legendary Freddie Mercury, which won an Oscar for the American Rami Malek, was initially to go to the Briton Sacha Baron Cohen.
Sacha Baron Cohen has indeed long been in pole position to star in a biopic on the singer of Queen, but artistic disputes finally got the better of the project. What could this version have looked like?
According to Stephen Frears, who was once expected to be in charge of the biopic, the comedian “wanted to make a very outrageous film. A film that I imagine Freddie would have approved of. Scandalous with regard to homosexuality and scandalous with regard to endless nude scenes. Sacha loved it all. “
In an episode of The Director’s Cut podcast, the director David Fincher (Mank, MINDHUNTER), who was also in the running to direct the feature film, made salivate by evoking the tests of the interpreter of Borat.
“Dude, you need to see this …”, Fincher tells his colleague Aaron Sorkin, who turned Sacha Baron Cohen in The Chicago Seven. “The photos of Sacha as Freddie Mercury are spectacular.” The photos were never published. As for the famous biopic, released in theaters at the end of 2018 with Rami Malek in the main role, it will meet with a very big public success with in particular nearly 4.4 million spectators in French theaters.
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