Queen's Brian May Says Sacha Baron Cohen Is Perfect To Play Freddie Mercury

04/28/2011
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(Gibson) Queen's Brian May is convinced that actor Sacha Baron Cohen is "perfect" for the role of Freddie Mercury in the Mercury biopic. Nonetheless, in a lengthy interview with London's Daily Record, the Queen guitarist said he and the surviving members of the band have mixed feelings about the film.

"It is a project which is taking up a lot of time even though it is in the preparatory stages," May said. "It is a bit early to say how we will feel about it. Obviously, we go into it with a great amount of enthusiasm but also a certain amount of caution, because Freddie's legacy is very precious and we have a great responsibility not to mess it up. It is more about Freddie than it is about us, and that is deliberately so."

May went on to say it's only recently that the band put their full support behind the project. "We have resisted making this film for a long time," he said, "and it is only now we feel we have the right people that we have given it the OK. If it hadn't been for Sacha pushing and pushing, we wouldn't be at this point. We didn't choose him. He chose us. He is passionate about playing Freddie. For years, he's been saying he is going to do it." more on this story

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