Roger Taylor says Sacha Baron Cohen would have been “utter shit” as Freddie Mercury

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“I watched his last five films and came to the conclusion that he is not a very good actor”

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Roger Taylor has questioned Sacha Baron Cohen’s acting ability, speculating that he may be “fucking” Freddie Mercury in the 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody,

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NS borato When the film was announced in September 2010, Starr was slated to play Mercury, but he pulled out of the project in the summer of 2013, claiming that Taylor and guitarist Brian May Wilder had Instead of telling the stories of Mercury’s personal life, he “wanted to protect his legacy as a band”.

talking to classic rock magazine (per Metro) Regarding Baron Cohen, Taylor said: “I think he would have been complete bullshit. True pushback, if nothing else.


“He is also six inches too tall. But I watched his last five films and came to the conclusion that he is not a very good actor.”

Freddie Mercury (L) and Rami Malek in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (R)

He continued: “I could be wrong there. I thought he was an absolutely fantastic subversive comedian, that’s what he’s great at. Anyway, I think Rami did a fantastic job in the almost impossible role. “

The role eventually went to Rami Malek, who won an Oscar for his performance as Mercury. Despite its success, the film was criticized for changing the timeline of events for dramatic effect, with Mercury telling his bandmates that he was HIV positive.

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However, Taylor argued that the film “doesn’t just fictionalize the real story in detail” and that it only “measles with the timeline”.

“When you’re making a movie that’s about a hundred minutes long, you have to mess with the timeline to make it work,” he explained. “The film has to work, that’s the priority.”


Last month (November 28), May defended herself after criticism over recent comments about the trans community, saying her words were “subtly twisted” by a journalist.

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