Brian May Reveals That John Deacon Has Nothing To Do With Freddie Mercury Biopic
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.18.2013
He's not interested...
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Brian May revealed that fellow Queen member John Deacon wasn't involved with the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic. Here are highlights:
On John Deacon's involvement with the Freddie Mercury biopic: "No, John doesn't want to be. He's in his own space and we respect that. It's a shame, because we would love to have him around but he doesn't want to be in that arena anymore."
On why Sacha Baron Cohen left the film: "There was a story put out by Sacha's publicist -- I think that's where it came from -- that Sacha had walked out in disgust because we didn't want to make a film with the kind of script we approved. But none of that was true. We parted amicably. We're still in touch and we're still good friends. We just came to the conclusions that it wasn't going to work with Sacha in the leading role. He's brilliant. But we felt that having Sacha in there would be so distracting because he's such a powerful persona and the characters he makes tend to stand out in a way that wouldn't be suitable for the film. Freddie has to be, in this movie, completely believable. You have to not question for an instant that you're watching Freddie, and that couldn't have happened with Sacha."
On reports that Queen wanted a more family-friendly movie: "Well, that was all crap. That was all made up by some publicist somewhere. That's not the case. Anyone who knows us knows that we're not people who duck real issues and we've never ducked being outrageous if it was the right thing at the right time."
On why Queen's music has lasted so long: "I don't know. Maybe it's just good. It does seem to have an incredible knack of effortlessly moving across generations. My only theory is we wrote as common people. We didn't write about what it means to be a rock star. We wrote about the dreams and fears and ambitions of everybody. There are songs like "I Want to Break Free," "We Are the Champions," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "I Want It All" — songs of people searching for a way out, a way to express themselves so they fit naturally into the architecture of people's everyday lives. You go to any football match or hockey match or English rugby match or whatever around the world and you hear "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions." They've become glued into people's everyday lives in a way that is much more powerful than what you have on a record in you collection. It kind of shocks me that we are still so current, but it's a very good feeling."