Daniel Radcliffe Denies Playing Freddie Mercury In Biopic
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.25.2013
He says he's not right for the part...
In an interview with Empire, Daniel Radcliffe denied signing on for the Freddie Mercury biopic, agreeing with fans who said he's not right for the part. He was rumored for the part after Sacha Baron Cohen left in July due to creative differences with the surviving members of Queen.
Radcliffe said: "There is no truth to it at all. It's one of those very, very funny things: it came out of a story in the Daily Star and then you see newspapers like The Guardian using The Star as their source, and it grows and grows [until] it's 'Dan Radcliffe is playing Freddie Mercury!', which I was never going to do. Everyone on the internet who I presume is saying I'm totally wrong for that part is correct. I AM completely wrong for that part! If I'd seen a rumour about me playing Iggy Pop, I'd think, 'Hey, I'd have a go at that - that'd be fun!', but Freddie Mercury? No. I don't even know who the director is. They seem to be saying it's Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper on the internet. This is the kind of thing that happens to me and it happens to Emma (Watson) with multiple 50 Shades Of Grey things. When somebody has column inches to fill, they just sub in one of our names."
Radcliffe can next be seen in Kill Your Darlings, Horns and The F Word. He'll soon begin shooting Frankenstein with James McAvoy.