[Movies] Queen Reveal Why Sacha Baron Cohen Left Freddie Mercury Biopic
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.25.2013
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In an interview with Mojo, Queen's drummer Roger Taylor talked about why Sacha Baron Cohen left the Freddie Mercury biopic. Cohen left the project in July and cited "creative differences".
He said of the film's delays: "I thought the music business was slow, but this has been like swimming in treacle. I don't want to talk about the Sacha thing. We felt Sacha probably wasn't right in the end. We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved."
The interview was to promote his fifth solo album Fun on Earth (due out October 28). He also revealed he had mixed feelings on the Queen music We Will Rock You.
He added: "The story is… (long pause) slightly crass. But I think it has its good points. I do have an aversion to musical theatre, so it hasn't been easy."
Finally, he said the collaborative material Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson probably won't see the light of day. He said: "Freddie and Michael never finished the songs, because Queen had to leave LA to go on tour. Brian [May] and I had worked on them, which means they'll come out as Queen And Michael Jackson – hopefully… If the Michael Jackson estate can get its arse into gear."