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BRUNO’s Cohen To Go All Gay Again As Freddie Mercury!!

I am – Hercules!! Sacha Baron Cohen, who played memorable homosexuals in both “Talladega Nights” and “Bruno,” is going gay again to play the central character in a Freddie Mercury biopic, according to a Deadline Hollywood exclusive. It’s a rare dramatic role for Cohen, who achieved big-time movie stardom a few years ago with “Borat.” The project has reportedly secured right to such Queen hits as “We Are The Champions,” “We Will Rock You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (No word about the stirring Bowie-Queen collaboration "Under Pressure.") Cohen has a bit of singing experience, having warbled as Pirelli in Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd.” It’ll be interesting to see if the same folks who got all sore about non-Asians playing roles in “The Last Airbender” will object to Cohen, a Jewish Brit, playing the Queen frontman, whose parents were natives of India. (While Jews do originate in Asia, I am assured by talkbackers that they are never, ever EVER to classified as Asians. That prohibition apparently extends even the Jews who were born in Israel, a beloved component of Asia. Go figure!) Find all of Deadline’s story on the matter here.
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  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Best casting news in a while!

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    ok

    by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLCOSBY

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Is he going to play it straight?

    by ColonelFatheart

    Wocka wocka wocka!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Freddie Mercury was gay?

    by Heckles

    The sky is blue? <br><br>Reminds me of Mike Myers going dramatic for that shitty 'Studio 54' flick.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Wow, terrific choice

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    That is actually inspired and I can totally see Cohen knocking this out of the park, I am very intrigued by this project.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    No problem I can see in terms of races

    by Majereuk

    Freddie may well have been born in India, but AFAIK his parents were both Caucasian. I may be wrong, it's not a subject I've delved into in any depth, but he certainly didn't look unusual for a native Brit. If they get the outfits and the mustache right, he should look fine. A much bigger worry is how Cohen, and the filmakers in general, will treat a man who was a cultural icon and is still much beloved, but was at the same time deeply flawed. A man who hosted anything-goes orgies where cocaine was served by cross-dressing midgets, and yet wrote a song about his cat. Being accurate without offending a lot of people will be tricky, and I'm not sure given his track record that SBH will give a monkeys. Interesting times ahead, for sure :)

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    If Bale were to play Mercury ...

    by ColonelFatheart

    would that mean he'd go all Method on us and get AIDS?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Well it's about time!

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    ...there better be fat bottomed girls in this...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...or I'mma be pissed.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    lip synching may be a better choice

    by Bouncy X

    freddie had a pretty recognizable voice and any attemp would probably come off as a lame imitation. so it might be better to just have him lip synch, unless he's just that good.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    This is inspired casting

    by Aphex Twin

    It'll be different for Cohen for sure. No doubt it'll be a chance for him to do drama. Don't fuck this up Sacha!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    NO FLASH NO SHOW!!

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by Bvc79

    Great choice. I wonder what happened to that comedic Sherlock Holmes project with Sacha as Holmes and Will Ferrell as Watson. I'm still hoping that gets made.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    *facepalm*

    by Triple_J_72

    I'm sorry, but... I don't like this.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    ...if only Freddie had a jar a Gypsy tears...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...we miss you, man.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    touchy touchy, herc

    by God's Brother

    asians (or perhaps you prefer 'orientals'?) not cast in Last Airbender is sort of not even close to the same thing as a jewish Brit being cast as a dude who's parents are fro India. It's not like Freddie Mercury wore a turban and flew around on a magic carpet... Most people identify him as a white dude, I'm sure.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Is Nice!

    by Kraven Morehead

    i don't care where they're from. they look a little alike and this could be one of those dirk diggler type rolls that redefines how we look at a talent like cohen. with that said, freddy mercury should try to sell people an ice cream glove at some point in the film.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Agreed. GREAT Casting!

    by GreatGonzo

    He looks the part and I think he does have the talent to pull it off. But Bouncy X has a good point. It's gonna be hard to replicate Freddy's voice. The guy was one of a kind! Looking forward to this.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    this is a bullshit rumour..

    by emeraldboy

    that sacha baron cohen shot down already, last year or two years ago. not true.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    "Android, "They need to go the whole way or not bother"...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...what does that mean? What will satisfy you?<P> We talking first person sphincter-cam?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Your father isn't Sacha Baron Cohen.

    by alan_poon

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    There is no race problem

    by Bass Ackwards

    And Herc knows that. He's carrying a grudge from another talkback and trying to create a reason to randomly insert a jab back into this article. It'd be sad if it weren't so stupid first.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    ONE THING'S FOR SURE: IT WON'T BE A STRETCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Good choice.

    by Grasscutter

    Jemaine Clement can play Mick Jagger, if he's in the movie.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Interesting casting, but...

    by Darkman

    I swear to Christ, I always pictured Alexis Arquette as Freddie Mercury. Laugh if you want, but find "Sometimes, They Come Back...Again". The resemblance is scarier than anything in that movie.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    LET SEAN PENN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Freddie was Indian?

    by dukeroberts

    I did not know that. He looked like a honky to me. As for the singing: Nobody can sing like that guy. It's gotta be lip synched.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    freddie mercury..

    by emeraldboy

    freddie mercury was in a relationship with a woman who name escapes and when he died he left everything to her in his will. Interesting thing is that it was Kenny Everett who killed him by setting him up with someone who had full blown aids. Everett and Mercury were friends buthad a massive falling out over the lack of coverage of queen songs on Kenny everetts breakshow on capital fm and other shows and mercury felt that everett cut him out of his life completely.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    OR MICHAEL DOUGLAS -- HE JUST DID "LIBERACE" !!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    And Weird Al Yankovich

    by palimpsest

    Can play Brian May.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Hasn't Freddie been through enough?

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Freddie Mercury's parents were not caucasians.

    by Subtitles_Off

    He was Parsi.<P>His upper-bite was the only thing British about him, at the DNA level.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    But wait until you hear the song at the credits!

    by zinc_chameleon

    It's a rendition of "Don't Let Your Son Go Down on Me"!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    I bet Freddie plowed a redhead too!

    by Loosejerk

    But Elton John was wearing a wig.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Bill Nighy as Brian May.

    by Grasscutter

    He's old, but whatever.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    The Best Singer AND Entertainer of the world!

    by wtriker1701

    Didn't like the early works of Queen, but since HIGHLANDER I simply loved them! <p> They've made some of the greatest songs in history! <p> WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Brian May as Brian May...?

    by wtriker1701

    He's finished his doctoral thesis... so he should have the time.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Cohen can't possibly mimic his singing voice

    by Kaitain

    Most powerful and versatile voice in rock since...well, ever, come to think of it.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    AND Roger Taylor AS Roger Taylor, of course!

    by wtriker1701

    Put the Band together!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Freddie was bi

    by GreatGonzo

    Freddie was bisexual. He just loved sex! as emeraldboy said, he had a longtern relationship with a woman that used to be romantci and eventually became best friends. Anyway, not that it really matters, but he wasn't "all gay". Kaitain- Word.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Kaitain - you're JUST right!

    by wtriker1701

    Nothing to add!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    George Michael sometimes can come close...

    by wtriker1701

    He showed it already.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Well, ok, not even close...

    by wtriker1701

    ...but you know, he tried...

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    The singing part not the gay part...;-)

    by wtriker1701

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Q: Why is Elton John like a thermometer?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    A: They both have been filled with mercury! Boom boom!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Cohen is a chameleon...

    by Playkins

    ..he's one of those actors that can turn himself into almost anyone. Shouldn't be any concern. Besides, he looks a lot like him anyway.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    I fucking love it

    by Logan_1973

    Sean Penn won an Oscar for playing a gay man, why not? Fucking name me a better choice for Freddie...but after that, tell me who's directing...

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Oh, and AICN...

    by Lemure_v2

    Mercury was bi-sexual. At least check the facts before posting...

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Called this YEARS ago

    by -Halfscan-

    I want my cut, god dammit!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    ...android, I gotcha...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I was just being frisky.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    FINALLY! Cohen is PERFECT for the role.

    by IndustryKiller!

    And if anyone deserves a biopic its Mercury, easily one of the top 5 best frontmen in music history. The man was a genius.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Inspired Casting!!

    by venvariants

    That is great casting. There are a few lately, where it's just been dead on - and somebody perfect who you wouldn't think of normally. Downey as Tony Stark, Ledger for Joker - and both the girls from The Runaways. This is the perfect guy for this role.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Super Gay!

    by fiester

    But I'd really rather see him in a Rob Halford biopic--now there was a man's man!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Biopics of musicians rarely happen

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    due to all the legal hassles, and when they do happen they're usually not very good. There've been a lot of them that didn't happen over the years, or have yet to happen: Mike Myers was supposed to play Keith Moon, and Nicholas Cage Pete Townshend, in a bipoic of The Who. Wesley Snipes was going to play James Brown for Spike Lee. Even that Andre 3000 guy was supposed to be playing Hendrix, and the project was bizarrely slated to be directed by Tarantino. <p>Most biopics fail because they are usually just pedantic retreads or key recreations of famous moments in a person's life, and they seem to be an excuse for the lead actor to make a transparent stab at Oscar gold. Ray; Walk the Line; they're all the same. Kurt Russell was good as Elvis in the Carpenetr TV flick, though, and Gary Busey was great as Buddy Holly. But I can't think of too many good ones offhand.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    His relationships with Mary Austin should be a big part

    by IndustryKiller!

    While Mercury was bisexual and primarily with men at the end of his life, he considered Mary Austin the great love of his life and, appropriately, the song "Love of My Life" was written about her. he left most of his estate to her when he passed.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan IS Freddy Mercury, brother.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I'll play the lead in my own biopic

    by tiggr009

    Only I can truly capture the emotional intensity of sitting in front of a computer pretending to work for nine hours a day, five days a week.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    CASEY AFFLECK ADMITS I'M NOT HERE IS A HOAX

    by BlaGyver

    Article is in the Entertainment section on CNN. Casey Affleck basically says "Yeah, he's been fucking with you since Letterman".

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    too tall

    by vicious_bastard

    by about 7 inches

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Freddy was bisexual, not just gay

    by brocknroll

    If you knew Freddy's history, he was considered to be bisexual. Read his wikipedia.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    I disagree turd

    by vin_diggler

    you forget Amadeus, Great Balls of Fire, Sid and Nancy, The Doors, Selena and The Dewey Cox Story (just kidding). Whether you like the musician or not, these are all very well done musician biopics.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    HOW SHOCKING....A JEW!!!!!

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    To play any role in Hollywood is so unlikely......BARF!!!!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    No way

    by captzeep

    Baron Cohen can't pull this off, to be fair few could, but fundamentally he's a one trick poser.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    What about those Riddler rumours?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Is sasha cast as edward nigma? I'm not totally against him as the riddler, he's got the look and talent

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Bruno was Gay, not Freddie.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion IS Freddie Mercury

    by schadenfreudian

    moving on...

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    They could have a fantasy sequence...

    by planetran_fan

    ...where Freddie Mercury lived to old age, and that could be played by the dude who played Bennet in COMMANDO

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Jesus...

    by BookhouseBoy

    Gotta say I did'nt see this one coming. Cohens agenius though, it'll probably work.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    a genius

    by BookhouseBoy

    Im a little high...

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    WTF?? Okay when is Superman going to be black?

    by Nabster

    Or James Bond Chinese? Seriously, white fuckers take roles that are not their own race, but never the other way around. Utter BS.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Speaking as a Jew

    by mukhtabi

    Um Herc, I don't know who told you Jews are not to be described as Asians, but I know from personal experience at least a few Jews from Asia who referred to themselves as 'Asians' or 'Asian Jews'. I don't know what those are talk backers have against being called Asian, it's a fine continent in this Heb's opinion.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    The height thing

    by Kaitain

    Just cast really tall people for everyone in the movie. Maybe Peter Crouch as Roger Taylor.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?

    by Dr Gregory House

    Or in this case, isn't Cohen a little tall for Freddie Mercury? Having said that, great casting choice!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    He's got the mustache for it

    by deelzbub

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Freddie Mercury was gay?

    by ATARI

    Who'd a thunk it?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Freddie Mercury was Bi not Gay

    by j2talk

    a minor distinction, but still you could get the facts right....oh yeah this AICN new we dont't worry about those here......

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    j2talk...no, he was gay.

    by cuthbert84

    While Freddie had girlfriends early in his adult life, he himself said, "I'm gay as a daffodil, darling." That's according to Brian May. http://tinyurl.com/2ctv4hb

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    This is great news

    by Bronx Cheer

    Cohen is, as mentioned earlier, a chameleon, and has the bona fides to portray Mercury with humanity and honesty. I predict that this role will take him to a new level, artistically, assuming he goes for humanity instead of gross caricature.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    To be gay or not to be gay

    by dukeroberts

    If a man takes it up the ass, he's guy. Men are not bisexual.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Uh, Freddie and his parents weren't Indian in the classic Hindu

    by elgato73

    They were actually Parsi, one of the two Zoroastrian communities on the Indian subcontinent, the other being Irani or Iranian. Due to persecution, the Parsi immigrated to Western India centuries ago. Also, Freddie is a national hero in Iran. A good buddy of mine's father is Parsi and I had the luxury to hang out with his family and learn a lot about them and their culture a few years back. Big Queen fans too. Cohen's casting is perfect. He's a real chameleon and should be able to completely disappear into this role. This film hopefully will be something special.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    FREDDIE VERSUS BORAT

    by Mullah Omar

    Now that I read about this casting, I can only envision Cohen playing Borat in a Freddie Mercury unitard. <br> <br> I'm expecting some people to have a hard time disassociating a mustachioed Cohen from Borat when they see this just because I expect his Mercury face to be pretty close to his Borat face. Though with a bit more intensity, I hope...

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    GAY

    by PRESIDENT BALTAR

    GAY

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    MUST BE TITLED...

    by Sailor Rip

    LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    for a bi dude

    by frank cotton

    he was pretty gay

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Titles...SILHOUETTO OF A MAN?

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    ...MR. FAHRENHEIT?

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    ...HAMMER TO FALL: ON YOUR ASS.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    dukeroberts

    by Kaitain

    "If a man takes it up the ass, he's guy" <p> Well, I guess it IS kinda macho in a way.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Dont do it Sacha!

    by Jazzmaverickjim

    No one Likes you already, this is just gonna make things worse. But i suppose "the show must go on" especially if your "under pressure"

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    An Oscar for Sacha...

    by cifra

    at last! He deserved two already (writing and acting in Borat) and one nom at least for Talladega Nights. Best comedian nowadays, and a truly great actor... he was born to play this role... comedian going drama + biopic of legendary celebrity = oscar (well, unless your name is Jim Carrey)

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    ...DON'T STOP ME NOW...a Lifetime original.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Those crazy Jewsians just don't get it!

    by AzzyAzzy

    They should be proud of their heritage!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Read spoilers for Devil

    by HansBubi

    ...and I'm not impressed. Hopefully the movie is effectively made, yet it really does have a "oh, okay, the Devil was that person" reveal instead of anything more creative and interesting. I guess it's another movie with a trailer that m

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    that...

    by HansBubi

    ...makes you think of more creative plot turns than it actually has.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Ghey

    by Robots In Das Guys

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Asian Jew controversy

    by Voice O. Reason

    Someone complained there weren't any Asians on SNL, and Herc started naming off Jews, because Israel is in Asia, and in his mind, all Jews are from Israel.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Wow. This is now my most anticipated movie.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    In all honesty this is the best casting I have ever seen for a movie biopic. Perfect choice. Not joking. This guy will nail the part. Holy shit.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Racebending

    by BranMakMorn

    No one is appropriating the Indian culture when you portray Mercury since he did not push his Indian heritage to the forefront in song or visual aesthetics. Plus, Jews have been part of Indian culture for close to 2500 years. It's a weak argument. If Mercury was going to be played by Chow Yun Fat then you have something. CYF does not share similarities in appearance nor could he portray a singer like Mercury. Cohen has proven to be a chameleon, but he can't seriously portray CYF in his biopic. Pretty simple really.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Sasha is very talented

    by Amfpsych

    And a great mimic. Hope he does it justice. Mercury was the greatest rock voice ever!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    EAST IS NOT ASIS. AND MERCURY WAS EASTERN.

    by Proman1984

    Who the fuck cares WHAT YOU BITCHES THINK.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    "While Jews do originate in Asia" is the dumbest

    by Proman1984

    and most historically and geographically statement ever on this site.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    HansBubi

    by BlaGyver

    Spoilers please?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I'm game, Proman1984!

    by Hercules

    On which continent do YOU believe the Jews originated?

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  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Herc, give him a break

    by BadMrWonka

    he left out the most important word of his sentence! (could it have been "inaccurate"? "incorrect"? the world may never know!)<p> that said, you're really stretching this away from a talkback where the term "Asian" was clearly meant as a cultural reference to Asian-Americans, not just some obscure geographical commentary. <p>people were talking about why there have not been any fully Asian actors on SNL, and by that, of course we mean someone like, say, Bobby Lee who was on Mad TV. Bobby Lee is Asian, and so he has to play asian characters, or else characters whose race doesn't matter. that SNL, in their entire tenure, hasn't found one asian actor funny or versatile enough to be on the show is a shame. do I think it's some huge deal or conspiracy? of course not. <p>but bending over backwards to claim that because Israel is in Asia, SNL has been full of "asians" from the start because of the large number of Jewish writers and actors...well, come on. I mean, you know that's pretty much ridiculous.<p>it was ridiculous at the time, and stretching it to this talkback for no other reason than to bring it up again is, well....petulant. <p>I love the site, and I've always liked your stuff, Herc. but this one you should really let go. geographically, of course you're correct. in every other sense, you're just being really pedantic.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    I saw "The Illusionist' for the first time recently...

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    ...and I thought that Rufus Sewell -- as he appeared in that film -- could have played a decent Freddy Mercury. <p>I don't like Cohen at all, but he should be interesting in this because he's fearless.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Don't be silly, Herc...

    by zinc_chameleon

    Everyone knows that the Jews originally came from Atlantis. Do I have to explain everything around here?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Ugh

    by grendel69

    I love Freddie Mercury (a Queen fan going back to the late 70s) and despise Sasha Cohen.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    What does Wayne's World have to do with this story?

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    What? Because they sing along to a Queen song? That movie is horrid. Time hasn't been kind to it. Really, really awful.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Jews originated from SHEM, from Shem Ham & Japeth fame. Shem was

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    "Party on, Freddie." "...party on, *AIDS COUGH*..."

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    As arguably the most die-hard Queen fan posting on this talkback

    by Geekgasm

    ... I approve of the casting - especially if he mimes to any number of quality Freddie Mercury audio recordings, both live and studio, in the Queen Productions archives. There's no reason to hear a note of Cohen singing in the film other than ego. But so long as he doesn't sing, he's perfect. Also, Queen rocks. Best rock band ever. Fuck you, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, CCR, E Street Band, Eagles, et cetera, et cetera. Brian May could disintegrate you all with that awesome homemade guitar.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Also ...

    by Geekgasm

    ... Freddie identified as gay so as far as I'm concerned, he was GAY. And, yes, he got himself infected with HIV and he died of AIDS. I DON'T CARE. He was GAY, he died of AIDS, and HE WAS FUCKING AWESOME.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    AND ...

    by Geekgasm

    ... compared to Queen, ASIA SUCKED. And I'm not necessarily talking about the band. "Heat of the Moment" my ass ...

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    "there have not been any fully Asian actors on SNL"

    by Hercules

    Nasim Pedrad is not only 100% Asian by heritage, she's actually from Asia. <p>Bobby Lee is from San Diego.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Side note - Nasim Pedrad sucks.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Herc, seriously.

    by BadMrWonka

    I love Pedrad, and I think she's hilarious. but you're being absolutely ridiculous.<p> can you stop the nonsense and just admit that there is a difference between someone who is isaraeli, or persian, or iranian, and someone who is FUCKING ASIAN. I swear to god, you are bending so far backward, you're going to break yourself in half. I'm very happy that they have an Iranian-American cast member. that is great. that she's hilarious And gorgeous is only icing on the cake. but she's MIDDLE EASTERN, if she needs to be defined. Bobby Lee, while he may be from San Diego, is FUCKING KOREAN.<p>you know what is going on, you know what everyone means. and what's getting me, is that I can't figure out why you're being so ridiculous about this? you know what everyone is talking about, you are not stupid, you must completely understand it. yet you continue to push this stuff.<p>so my question is...why? is it because everyone shits on SNL and you want to defend it? I get that, except that I'm not one of those guys. so what is it?<p>why are you Glenn Becking is on this shit? (and by that I don't mean that you're being as much of an ass, or a conservative, as Beck...just that you're being almost as obtuse)

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Its the only way ...

    by Geekgasm

    ... they SHOULD do it. Hopefully Cohen doesn't have an "oh, no, I can do my own singing" ego like, for example, Joaquin Phoenix, who didn't sound remotely like Johnny Cash to me. Every time he opened his mouth to sing, his voice took me right out of the movie.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Zanzibar

    by Geekgasm

    Mercury went to boarding school in India as a boy but he was born to Parsi parents on the island of Zanzibar, which is off the coast of Africa, and lived in England from his late teens on. Since his death, he has been adopted by some as "the first Asian rock star" but in his life, he never identified as Asian, never held himself out as Asian, and rarely spoke publically about his background. As far as he was concerned, he was English - whatever that means. So stick that in your racial discussion and blend.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    A hetero playing a homo?

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

    Hollywood is so bogus!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Herc

    by Quin the Eskimo

    From Jesus, duh.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Kaitain

    by dukeroberts

    Damn typo!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Hrrrm. Mercury had the ultimate range. I can see him

    by UltraTron

    aping his way through these songs but I'll be waiting to be impressed. Basically that doughtry or whatever kid from American idol is the only queen cover I've ever heard that comes close and he almost blew his voice out.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Brilliant casting!!!!!

    by DonLogan

    You know coz Cohen had a moustache in Borat, and uh, Freddie Mercury had a moustache, it's perfect!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Hercule,s you ignorant imbecille, Freddy Mercury was parsi

    by AsimovLives

    He was born in Zamzibar but his parents came from Gujarat. His parents were parsis, which means that they were Zoroastrian, which means his family came from Iran in about the 10th century, as many zoroastrians left Persia because of the muslin persecutions of the time. Mercury practiced a religion that is far older then christianism or islamism, a relition whose tenents and articles of faith INCLUENCED christianism and islamism, ironically enough. So, if anything, Mercury's ethnicity is persian. He was a parsi, not exactly a "pure" indian.<br><br>Really, next time you try to be smart, just don't, you look even more ignorant. Just keep it simple.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Freddie was famously Bi.....

    by mrbong

    He was Bisexual not outright gay, he was celebrated for fucking anything that took his fancy. i know you Americans prefer it to be all black and white, yes or no, but there you go.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    who is he?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    whoes the fucker?? is this ancient history

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Now all Sasha needs is to take a whole foot out of his height

    by AsimovLives

    Freddy Mercury wasn't exactly a tall guy, and Sasha is a very tall guy.<br><br>But the really big question is: Who will play Brian May? Remember, May is not only an extremely talented and accomplsihed guitarist, he is also an astrophysics with PhD who wrote a paper about the physics of dust particles orbiting the Sun. Yeah, May is an astrophysicist. How about that? Pretty good singer too.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Herc, you make me sick...

    by YouKissTheWookie

    "SNL" "Bobby Lee" whats wrong with the picture here? no one help this idiot out.... by the way, who cares what ethnicity they are, asshole...

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    he died from AIDS?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    did all fruitcakes at the time die from AIDS??? probably because of the lifestyle right?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    the best thing about this....

    by mrbong

    ....would be that total bellend Mika will be crying his eyes out. i do not think you Americans have been subjected to Mika yet. think of him as a singing Russell Brand in terms of being a bellend and a twat wanker (jerk off would be your translation). he seems to think he is "channelling Freddie" in his stuff, he will be distraught not to get the role. anyway, i think Sasha is way too tall for the role, but otherwise what an inspired, exceptional piece of casting.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    about the height

    by YouKissTheWookie

    I'd rather have them taller then shorter....Joaquin Phoenix was a lot shorter then big bad John

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    no, DioxholsterReturns

    by mrbong

    Elton John and the recently imprisoned George Michael are still with us, off the top of my head. quite a few more, i would imagine.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST

    he was African, not Asian

    by newc0253

    the dude was from Zanzibar.<p> and, as someone else pointed out, he was of Parsi descent, which makes him more Iranian than Indian.<p> here in the UK, the term 'asian' is oddly used to describe folk from India and Pakistan (i.e. south Asia) rather than East asians like the Chinese. So, in a technical sense, if Mercury had been of Indian descent, Brits would have nodded along with Herc's description.<p> But, for some unknown reason, we don't refer to folk from the Middle-East or Asia Minor as being from Asia, even though they clearly live in Asia. Shit like that makes no sense.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Play it straight(pun intended?) Cohen..

    by Stalkeye

    Meaning, no comedic hi jinks and over the top flamboyance. This is effin Freddie Merc not Bruno.<p>Queen was one of the best rock bands in it's hey day, but Bohemian Rhapsody is kinda lame.<p>"I'm just a poor boy nobody loves me..."Nice operaesque attempt but lacking something.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Quint, you are being a douche.

    by dailysportspages

    Are you an American?<br> Newsflash... unless you are native american then your people did not originate in America.<br> Yet you still consider yourself one. <br> Freddy Mercury was a lot like George Michael.<br> Both ethnically something else, but still completely British.<br> Michaels is a Helene Greek, and Mercury is Parsi, who are essentially Persians who immigrated into India. <br><br> India has nothing to do with Mercury, he is Persian.<br> In fact, the Parsi in India are more Persian than the Iranians who are now mostly Shia Muslim. The Parsi still follow the ancient Persian religion of Zoroaster. <br> We dont consider John McCain Panamenan just because he was born in Panama, or Obama Indonesian because he grew up there? <br> Of course not, because THAT WOULD BE FUCKING RETARDED. <br> As is your little "asian" crusade. <br><br> Heres another tidbit of information... Freddy Mercury is CAUCASIAN.<br> Yes, he is white JUST LIKE YOU!<br> So if you want to call him Asian, then you must call yourself Asian too... because its right in the name. <br>You are caucASIAN.<br><br> Yes, shocking for most americans to grasp is that they are not the only caucasians in the world, and that europeans are not their only caucasian brothers either.<br> In fact, the common "white" person has less of a claim on the term caucasian than your average person from Eurasia. <br> Yes, Eurasia... not Asia, not Europe, but Eurasia, thats what people of that area are when you talk about them in terms of continental representation. <br> Saying that an Iranian is Asian is retarded. They are in the region that consists of a giant mountain range that is the result of Asia and Europe grinding on each other. <br> That whole area is neither Europe nor Asia realistically, its its own geographical zone. <br><br> And that mountain range is the Caucasus... so people like Freddy Mercury, the guys from SOAD, and even Mahmoud Ahmajinedad have way more right to call themselves Caucasians than we do.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 3:37 a.m. CST

    dailysportspages

    by Baryonyx

    Now THAT'S what I call a retort!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST

    I think hes an alien from planet Mercury

    by DioxholsterReturns

    they can sustain the heat and use solar panels alot. they all are somewhat gay

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Brian May = Benedict Cumberbatch

    by dailysportspages

    Freddie Mercury: Sasha Baron Cohen<br> Brian May: Benedict Cumberbatch<br> John Deacon: Martin Freeman<br> Roger Taylor: Jared Leto<br>

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 4:02 a.m. CST

    I meant Herc not Quint... sorry Quint.

    by dailysportspages

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Room's startin' to spin real fast

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Cuz a... Cuz a the gayness

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Really....

    by MorganLeafy

    who the fuck cares that Mercury was Parsi and Cohen is a jew? It's inspired casting and I would love to see Cohen a dramatic role. TB’ers will bitch just to bitch right? I don’t know any famous Parsi actors and if you didn’t know, Cohen could be pretty much everything. One politician actually thought he was BLACK in the Ali G show (it was hard fo him not to chuckle at that).

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    RE: Freddy was Bisexual

    by Stalkeye

    yeah, in Layman's terms: Fucking Gay!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Ironically Jews are originally a tribe from NW India.

    by dailysportspages

    Abraham = Brahma <br> Sarai = Saravati <br> Melchizedek was a Chaldean king who Abraham said was the high priest of god. Melchizedek basically mentored Abraham into becoming who he ended up being. <br> But the Chaldeans are called immigrants to the land in the Bible, they come from the east. <br> And whats east of Mesopotamia? The greater Indus valley. <br> The Chaldeans supposedly came from a marshy area... and that explains western India/Pakistan perfectly with all its rivers. <br> The Chaldeans are the Kaldi, the caste of priests that emigrated from the Indian subcontinent into Mesopotamia sometime during the time of the Babylonians. <br> And their beliefs, their mythology, their religion... forms the basis of the Abrahamic religions.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST

    by kurgan1

    I don't think it's really true to say Freddie was bisexual. He was notoriously private about his personal life and never discussed his sexuality in public. He may have had female partners earlier in his life (and a life long deep platonic friendship with Mary) but by the end he was to all accounts exclusively sexually active with men. Lots of gay men, especially those of Freddie's era and social background (conservative) will have done this. Anyway this is genuinely cool news, great casting.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    To play the part....

    by teethgnasher

    he needs to have fucked up teeth.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

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  • Sept. 17, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Wonder Who...

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    will play the other members of Queen? Other actors, or real musicians?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 7 a.m. CST

    Sasha = The Lizard King...

    by Darrenjiju

    He can do anything... http://movienews.pipeno.com/

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    The film stops at Live Aid

    by penhapus

    Thus skipping over the inconvienent bits like playing Sun City in South Africa and Freddie doing his best to up the ante regarding AIDS prejudice. Still, I hope they include this: Wessex Studios, summer 1977. Queen are hard at work on their sixth album. In a neighbouring studio, the Sex Pistols are putting together Never Mind The Bollocks.... "So you're the bloke that's supposed to be bringing ballet to the masses?" asks a sneering Sid Vicious during a brief encounter in the conjoining corridor. "Ah, Mr Ferocious!" pipes back Freddie Mercury, "well, we're trying our best!"

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    micheal stipe..

    by emeraldboy

    is "queer friendly" whatever that means.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    I heard a claim...

    by emeraldboy

    that fredie knew he was dying in 1986. hence that qoute at what was thier final tour. " the media says that queen are splitting up, they talking from here, says freddie pointing to his ass". But he kept his illness a secret and not even brian may knew he was so sick.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    You know who might have been good as Freddie

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    That guy who played Bronson. That's who he looked like in many of the scenes.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Why not Russel Mulcahy for director?

    by wtriker1701

    I'd love me some great camera action...

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Was Mercury famous for being anything other than gay?

    by mynamesdan

    bad juju, articles written this way.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Was Mercury famous for being anything other than gay?

    by mynamesdan

    bad juju, articles written this way.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Americans: OBSESSED with race, as usual.

    by Sepulchrave

    Get over it: this is ACTING.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Yep, and the guy who played Bronson, Tom Hardy

    by Sepulchrave

    ...has screwed a lot of dudes as well as women. He said so. Cool guy.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    ALL gay men started out in those days as 'bisexual'

    by Sepulchrave

    They screwed a few girls, who they ended up making friends with rather than enjoying sexually and then they setled on cock and live happily ever after, or not as the case sadly may be. People are so odd; they really think that gay men are allergic to vagina or something, or that they hate women and can't have families. Gay men do all these things; they just like dick a WHOLE LOT more than they do pussy. Freddie had female lovers and they stayed his best friends until the day he died, which is more than you can say about most heterosexual relationships.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    He 'paid the ultimate price' for having sex?

    by Sepulchrave

    I'd just like to say 'fuck you, whoever you are', you pompous prick. now, get back to your bowl of Nachos and your inevitable heart-attack at 55. Oaf.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    While I can see SBC as Freddie, Adam Lambert can sing it

    by VAwitch

    Adam (A. Idol s8) sang "We Are the Champions" with B. May & the remaining drummer. He has the vocal range of Freddie, and the flamboyance.<P><P> Can he act? Dunno - but he's certainly had plenty of stage time prior to Idol. IMHO, music-person biopics were often sucky if the lead couldn't sing on their own (hence why Ray worked). Sasha can sing, but I'd be amazed if he can hit those notes that Freddie did.<P><P> Thus my vote would be for Adam Lambert. Listen to Pick U Up, or watch any of his videos - he's got some of the visual flamboyance Freddie & Queen did, and pipes that are awesome.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    They should have taken

    by JJ94000

    Mads mikkelsen, he would've been a perfect freddie mercury...

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Jesus, Herc...pull your head out.

    by Blue_Demon

    You know what we mean by ASIANS. Guys or girls who can play VISUALLY identifiable Asians. Like when SNL production designer Akira Yoshimura played Sulu in a Star Trek sketch.<p>Dude, you split hairs finer than Bill Clinton.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Quit beating around the bush, people

    by Sonny_Williams

    When you're talking about the lack of "Asians" on SNL what you really mean is the lack of "Orientals" on SNL. I didn't realize that Oriental had become a word that none dare speak!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Asian food

    by BranMakMorn

    It just shows how Hollywood has watered down the discussion of racebending. By going as broad as the term "Asian" implies, they believe they can conveniently cast aside the nuances of culture, race and appearance. If people were invited to eat at a Chinese themed restaurant, they would expect the food to NOT be Middle Eastern , Thai, Indian or Japanese, and vice versa. However, Hollywood expects you to eat whatever homogenized shit they serve up. They'll even say that hot dog was a traditional form of dim sum. How difficult can this be?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I demand that Mercury be played by someone of Indian descent!!

    by BetterCallSaul

    Dev Patel, Naveen Andrews or Kal Penn are ideal choices

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I always found that clip funny

    by yesiamaplant

    because the versions of Pizza and Chinese food that are popular in most parts of the world are nothing like they are in their native countries and were actually invented in America, and the Chimichanga was invented in Arizona by an American born citizen.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    BadMrWonka

    by Kaitain

    "can you stop the nonsense and just admit that there is a difference between someone who is isaraeli, or persian, or iranian, and someone who is FUCKING ASIAN." <p> Perhaps using your very specific appropriation of the term, i.e. to mean "from east asia and the Pacific rim". <p> Similarly, in the UK, if you say "Asian" the default assumption is that you're using a shorthand for Indian/Pakistani. <p> But Asian in its most correct sense obviously means "from Asia". Which includes the middle east and the Indian subcontinent. Of course, it's a term that includes half the world's population, so isn't especially useful except in a game of Guess Who.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    BranMakMorn

    by Kaitain

    "By going as broad as the term "Asian" implies, they believe they can conveniently cast aside the nuances of culture, race and appearance. " <p> I would have thought the only important thing is whether or not Cohen can successfully and believably portray Freddy Mercury on screen. Anything else isn't terribly relevant.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Is bi more palatable than gay?

    by Hater_Von_Oldenfatte

    Rock Hudson was married. Elton John was married. Boy Georege was married.Freddie Mercury was gay.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    To follow up on this

    by Kaitain

    Does Dev Patel look like Mercury? I would say no. Cohen's resemblance is stronger.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Kaitain

    by nicegoogly

    Right on. What's the big deal? It is about becoming the character. I didn't see The Last Airbender, so I can't say that those actors did not "become" their characters. My only criticism is that Shamalamdingdong went out of his way to avoid casting a certain type. That is kind of screwed. I am not asking for same race, but some resemblance would be nice. Cohen will hit this out of the park. Not because of his past "gay" acting, but the resemblance and to be a showman the likes of Freddy Mercury is very much within his range.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Sacha Baron Cohen is married to Isla Fisher

    by savagedave

    Just for all those saying hes gay.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    He'll need some fake buck teeth

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and will have to get shorter

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives and dailysportspages

    by Hercules

    I am aware Mercury is ethnically Parsi, descended from Persians who emigrated to Inida 10 centuries ago. <p> My question to you: On which continent could Persia be found?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    and Isla fisher gave birth to thier first child..

    by emeraldboy

    fairly recently. baron cohen shredded bruno fairly quickly after it was mauled by every one who saw it. and I think it was to distance himself from any accusation that he was homophobic. or was that borat. probably borat. but he had to do something about those accusations of homophobia. but thank christ Ben elton is not invovlved in the queen bionpic. this is being written by peter morgan.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Would you..like to be..QUEEN..for a day?

    by Snookeroo

    Apparently Sacha would.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    It'll be interesting to see....

    by The Elvish Chef

    How they film the incident where he swung naked from a hotel ballroom chandelier for his birthday. Despite his orientation, the dude was quite simply a wild man. Given his proclivities, I'm wondering if they'll be slapping an NC-17 rating on it...or even a hard "R".

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    They should have "POOPER" somewhere in the title.

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Still waiting for the Chevy Chase biopic

    by ricarleite2

    Starring himself.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    FUCK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by TheJudger

    I have been dying to see this mans life adapted into a movie for a very long time. I hope "Living on My Own" (my favorite least heard FM song) "Going Slightly Mad" "Show must Go on" "Forever" "A Dozen Red Roses for my Darling" are used in the movie, and "Chinese Torture" at some very cool part in the film.<P> If Freddie didn't have an overbite and he wasn't a bi-sexual he would have been the king of rock. His voice and Brian Mays talent on the Red Special- To me this is still one of the greatest bands ever. Very siked about this movie. Finally!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    There's no shame in loving the music and chest hairs...

    by Hater_Von_Oldenfatte

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Let's make it simple and call him "Afro Asiatic" hehehe

    by donkingkong

    We need some Cohen DNA mapping to really get to the bottom of this boondoggle! http://tiny.cc/6ds86

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    ... of a gay man.

    by Hater_Von_Oldenfatte

    It does not mean that you are gay. Unless you actually are gay, in which case, there is nothing I can do, as it's entirely genetic with no choice co-factors. I'm afraid you're stuck with it and my heart goes out to you.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of Mike Myers going dramatic for that shitty 'Studio

    by donkingkong

    haha good one Heckles

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Say to hello to Dr. Watts!

    by shaft478

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Pretty fucking annoying with the TB'ers saying FM was Gay

    by TheJudger

    The man was Bisexual. He fucked more chicks in a year than some of you pricks will in a lifetime. Also Kenny Everett got aids from the same guy FM did. Kenny did not set Mercury up.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Mika could match his voice

    by ETI

    and Mika is the right age and size, and looks slightly more like Freddie than Borat does. Dunno if he can act.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Kaitain

    by BadMrWonka

    Herc is american, Herc knows exactly what all of us are saying. I don't know why he's clinging to this...as I said before, it's a mystery. He's being purposely obtuse. <p> of course he's right in terms of geography, but clinging to that is phenomenally ridiculous. <p>Bobby Lee is from San Diego, lol...come on, Herc. you're better than this.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    so if you fuck a woman in the asshole

    by TheJudger

    you waht sorta gay. or what is she shoves her finger up you anus to fiddle with your prostate gland. That makes you sorta gay right, or what if your one of the lucky 3 in every thousand who can suck themselves off, does that make you sorta gay. Gay is men only. Men only, if you go all over the place to fuck your Bi or Try sexual. People who get all fucked up over what sexual organ goes where to get off. Really need to get over it. The only sexual deivants in the world fuck children and animals. Everyone else has the right to sex the way they like. And if you cant deal with it, the issue is yourself, not them.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Hate to break it to some of you guys...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    but Mercury was so gay he was the POSTER CHILD for flamboyant gay man in the 70s and 80s.<BR><BR>He was the lead singer for a band called QUEEN. Ever listened to the lyrics for "Killer Queen?" Ever seen videos of Mercury performing onstage in costumes that would put Elton John and Liberace to shame?<BR><BR>I know it kills some of you homophobes out there that for years you've been singing along with "We Will Rock You/We are the Champions"--performed by a gay man--at your sports events.<BR><BR>As for his supposed bisexuality, bear this in mind: he died of AIDS, which scientifically-speaking means the chances are very high that he was a catcher; not a pitcher. And--consider this--even Boy George claimed to be a bisexual in the 80s. Being gay was a lot less acceptable to the public then than it is now. And--remember--Mercury kept the disease that killed him a secret, surely because of the stigma it would bring.<BR><BR>One thing's for sure: Mercury was a brilliant singer/songwriter/performer--absolutely brilliant. And he also was (in his own words) "as gay as a daffodil." <BR><BR>I think Sacha is a great choice BTW. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    wait fuck typo

    by TheJudger

    Gay= sex relationships only. You stick your cock in a pussy for the first time- even if you don't cum, you still lost your virginity. So if you are gay and you have sex with a woman you just moved over to the Bi zone, because that dick has been with both sexs. Problem is some straight people can't cope with the fact that some people can fuck both sexs. It hurts them, so they think slaming a "gay" tag down on a a bisexual man will somehow maybe in that straight persons head, fuck up the bisexuals girl fucks or future girlfuckery. Hahahaha. When the person is dead- saying they were gay means all the women they fucked ment nothing. When they are alive. the "gay" tag is used to try it make it sound like a disease, and i think straights do this shit hoping to fuck up the Bisexuals girlgame. Fuck off!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I mean "same sex" relationships only

    by TheJudger

    hulk smash....

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Better than the Beatles and less gay than John Lennon who loved

    by picardsucks

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    the taste of cock

    by picardsucks

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    bvc re: Cohen/Farrell Holmes movie

    by mrgray

    0.0001% chance it'll get made. I work for Columbia and we were super hot on that property until Guy Ritchie beat us to the punch. EVEN THOUGH our comedy take was vastly different, the executives here got cold feet (read: went chickenshit) and stopped development.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Scarjolactose: it makes you brave

    by mrgray

    From what has been said in the past about his hygiene, I'd be scared to go anywhere near his junk.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    SNL talkbacks truly hurt Herc's soul

    by fastcars

    Some people give their lives for their country; Herc gives his life for a sketch comedy show. How dare you comment on the pasty-white cast! How dare you imply that the show isn't as funny as it used to be! How dare you remark that in the world of cable and the Internet the show is less relevant! Herc is armed with essays and anger and WILL let your opinions gnaw at his soul like maggots! But hey, Herc also thinks Entourage is better than Arrested Development, and completely ignored covering the season premier of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, so whatever. Must've been a Buffy marathon on WE.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka

    by Kaitain

    So what should an American say if they actually want to convey the idea of "somebody from Asia"? Apparently "Asian" is off the table. So what else can be used "real Asian"? "Non-oriental Asian"? <p> Reminds me of something that makes me laugh here in Canada. Because Columbus mistakenly thought he'd reached the Indies, he referred to indigenous American people as "Indians". Now, five hundred years later, people from India who visit or move here have to be referred to as "East Indians" to distinguish them from "Indians". Which is kindasorta fucking ridiculous.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Rock Bipics I would love to have been made.

    by Stalkeye

    Metallica: from the binge drinking,infighting,the accident that killed Cliff Burton and the laughable Lars bitching about Napster which lead to a Anti-Metallica backlash.<p>Megadeth: More binge drinking and brawling which involes former Metallica Bassist dave Mustaine who was kicked out of the band only to swear revenge via forming what we all know and love as Megadeth.See dave trash rivals like Slayer and lame psuedo rock bands like Limp Bisket.Watch as Mustaine gets in trouble with the IRA as well as injure his left hand..only to finally get sober(?)<p>The Ramones:Johhny vs Joey that's all that needs saying. Johnny Ramone steals Joey's Girlfriend,Dee Dee pimps himself to satisfy his heroin addiction and sadly, there's Joey's bout with Lymphoma.Fun,Zaniness,drama and Pathos.Legends!!<p>The Clash: Same example as above(infighting,drug use and selling out) but Joe Strummer gets a sudden Heart Attack and Mick Jones still has a bad set of teeth.<p>The Misfits/Samhain/Danzig:Title this, Horror Business:Frontman Glenn Danzig struggles with his height and worse...his ego.Is he really a bad ass or just a closet Geek (Comic,Anime fan) and a poser?See the court battle between him and jerry only for the property rights of the 'fits and witness Glenn getting his ass whupped by some Rapper."some kinda love, and there's some kinda hate.."<p>Great Bands are supported by great bios.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I meant Biopics.

    by Stalkeye

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Vicious Fishus

    by Kaitain

    "I know it kills some of you homophobes out there that for years you've been singing along with "We Will Rock You/We are the Champions"--performed by a gay man--at your sports events." <p> That always cracks me up as well. Especially because "We Are The Champions" is SPECIFICALLY about how the gay community has survived and prospered.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Oh wow...I've seen both with mustaches!!!

    by ScreamingPenis

    This is retarded. It's casting selected by eight year olds.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    "We are the Champions" is about the gay community?

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    Then I suppose "We will rock you" is about gays raping other dudes?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Stalkeye

    by hallmitchell

    I would like to add one more. Motley crue!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Hercules

    by Baryonyx

    Do you really think that the title of this article is clever? You attempt to show interest in the racial aspect of the casting, but all you can think of with regards to Mercury himself is nothing to do with his contribution to music - just the fact that he was homosexual? How old are you?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Please put Flash Gordon

    by hallmitchell

    IN the soundtrack!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Money In The Bank

    by Ivan_Mtl

    I have been saying for years that they should make a Freddie Mercury biopic. If there are two things that are more popular in the rest of the world than they are in the U.S., it's soccer and Queen. You already know how many viewers the World Cup draws, so hold on to your hat on when you see the kind of numbers a well-made Freddie Mercury movie (featuring a Queen soundtrack) will pull in. To sum it up in one word... KACHING!!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Howard Stern as Brian May

    by PinkFloyd7

    Seriously...they look identical.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Just another opportunity...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...for somebody to butcher "Bohemian Rhapsody." Leave it alone... LEAVE IT ALOOOOOONE!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Why no Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd movie?

    by PinkFloyd7

    seriously...why?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Freddie was Second only to Axl Rose

    by Spacezilla

    W. Axl Rose is the greatest frontman ever. 40 fucking something and his voice sounds now like it did in his 20's... dude signed a deal with the devil or something. Dude still doesn't give a fuck. Sang "We Will Rock You" better then Freddy at Freddy's own tribute concert.<p> W. Axl Rose motherfuckers. Believe that shit.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Freddy spelled with the "IE" at the end

    by Spacezilla

    instead of a "Y," was the first sign the dude was destined to love the cock.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Ah yes, Motley Crue.

    by Stalkeye

    Who could forget the drugs,groupies and binge drinking?(See Metallica,Megadeth and almost every other Metal Band.)See lead singer Vince Neil get kicked out of the band.Witness Tommy Lee's many escapades,fights with Pam Anderson and how he got Hep C,cringe as Nikki Six calls a Black bouncer a Nigger only to run from the stage like some pussy when the gaurd was gonna kick his punk ass.(Sixx was arrested that night anyway.) Behold Mick Mars as....um, who gives two shits about him?v<p>Motley Crue: The Doctors of Feelingood."Girls,Drugs,Girls".Coming next summer!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Freddie Got Fingered

    by donkingkong

    and it smells like Kaitain's breath

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Jehovahs_Witness

    by Kaitain

    If you want to know where any particular Queen song is coming from, check who the writer was. Each of the four band members (all of them wrote songs, and all of them wrote big hits) has his own style, sensibility and themes. <p> "We Are The Champions" is a Mercury track. "We Will Rock You" is May.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    DonKingKong

    by Kaitain

    You're stupid, you stupid weak baby.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    my thoughts

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    i like queen (or at least the popular queen songs) and freddy is bi... but to me, a bi man is gay... theyre bi because of social reasons... but if a girl say shes bi, she just wants ticket sales or a rabid fanbase (lady gaga and nicki minaj...both who never fucked a girl)... #mythoughtsarefacts

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    also if youre a male comedian

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    get ready to do a lot of gay shit... just watch snl and see how many "outrageous" guys kissin guys skits there are... but theres nothin wrong wit bein gay (unless youre fuckin slobs like perez hilton)

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    i cant wait for the nsync biopic

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    starrin justin bieber

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Yay! A Queen movie!

    by Ender's Jeesh

    Karaoke hosts everywhere just shit themselves a little. Trust me. I know. Nothing ruined my business faster than fucking GLEE.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Flash Gordon 1980 is the ultamite Queen movie

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Oscar-bait commedian turns serious biopic anyone?

    by Tall_Boy66

    Yeah, pass.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    The front man deserves better than that clown.

    by GQtaste

    To play one of the best front men of all time deserves better that what their going with. I agree though that it's a bitch to find the right actor for the part. Take away the talent needed to pull this off. He's way too tall.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Herc, its Eurasia.

    by dailysportspages

    Would you call Turkish people Asians or Europeans? <br> Their country is on both continents as its right on the border. <br> But all of the other countries around there are also considered as being part of the greater Eurasia.<br> Its a different geographical one, and the people are of a different racial stock. <br> Indians and Persians share a hell of a lot of DNA. <br> Persians are an offshoot of the natives of India, and the Parsi are merely Persians who have come back to what was originally the native land of the Persians. <br> Unlike what most people might believe... Iranians are not of Arab heritage, they are of Aryan stock like the northern Indians, Afghanis, Pakistani, and other peoples of that area. <br> Thats the "Master Race" that evolved into the white men of Europe. <br> Hitler was looking in the right place, he just found people a lot darker than he thought he would find lol <br> These people are responsible with bridging Asia and Europe, that is why that area of the world is considered a region all its own. Not just Asian, not just European... but Eurasian.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Queen is one of the best rock bands ever.

    by Stalkeye

    atleast they were more original than say, Led Zepplin who basically ripped off Blues singers like Howling Wolf yet taking all the credit.<p>And once again, Bi means G-A-Y,(or extremely confused.) once you use your Ass as an entrance ramp, you are a Pillow Biter.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    FREDDIES LEGACY

    by AGAYKLINGON

    sure its safe on cohens hands hes been interested in the project for 2 years...and hes a fan so cool with me

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Turd you forgot Dennis Quaid

    by KilliK

    as Jerry Lee Lewis.he was phenomenal in that role.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    fareal...

    by emeraldboy

    yeah but kenny everett knew that the russian had aids. and when Mercury died Kenny everett issued a trite statement. Freddie, he burnt the candles at both ends, didnt he. Nobody knew that those two men had fallen out spectaculary. Everett gave queen thier big break. when everett stopped playing the records and stopped talking to freddie. that is when the fallout happened. in private the feud was very bitter.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    this is the best song about dying ever written..

    by emeraldboy

    and their last while freddie was dying their best. The end of the video in which freddie says goodbye is heartbreaking. Empty spaces - what are we living for? Abandoned places - I guess we know the score.. On and on! Does anybody know what we are looking for? Another hero - another mindless crime. Behind the curtain, in the pantomime. Hold the line! Does anybody want to take it anymore? The Show must go on! The Show must go on!Yeah! Inside my heart is breaking, My make-up may be flaking, But my smile, still, stays on! Whatever happens, I'll leave it all to chance. Another heartache - another failed romance. On and on... Does anybody know what we are living for? I guess i'm learning I must be warmer now.. I'll soon be turning, round the corner now. Outside the dawn is breaking, But inside in the dark I'm aching to be free! The Show must go on! The Show must go on! Yeah,yeah! Ooh! Inside my heart is breaking! My make-up may be flaking... But my smile, still, stays on! Yeah! oh oh oh My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies, Fairy tales of yesterday, will grow but never die, I can fly, my friends! The Show must go on! Yeah! The Show must go on! I'll face it with a grin! I'm never giving in! On with the show! I'll top the bill! I'll overkill! I have to find the will to carry on! On with the, On with the show! The Show must go on.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    in Deadline some commenters said

    by KilliK

    that this movie (which is based on some biography book) is not going to mention the last part of Mercury's life when he got the virus,probably because they want to leave it for a sequel movie.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    It's going to end with the LIVE AID Concert

    by wtriker1701

    <font color=red>1985 </font>

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    <font color=red>WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! </font>

    by wtriker1701

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    thats interesting..

    by emeraldboy

    part one will chart his early life in zanzibar. he came to the uk after getting into art college. i think he studied photography and fashion design. it will end with live aid and then part two will be all about his decline and fall. if done properly could be good.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Kaitain

    by BranMakMorn

    "I would have thought the only important thing is whether or not Cohen can successfully and believably portray Freddy Mercury on screen. Anything else isn't terribly relevant." I agree, but you used the word "thought", the Hollywood machine does not think. The execs are fueled by fear of taking risks of alienating their perceived American core audience, and when it comes to films where a specific foreign culture and race are at the forefront; they will cling tightly to the default choice of choosing a white actor., however, this does not pertain to the Mercury story as you've stated. Race and cultural themes are not relevant here. Cohen is physically close enough to mimic Mercury and he just needs to capture the identifying notes of Mercury without becoming a parody.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    a piece of broadcasting history is about to made in ireland..

    by emeraldboy

    today after 62 years Micheal O Muirihirtigh is hanging up his mic forever. O' Muirihirtigh turned 80 two weeks ago and decided to bow out of gaa commentary before it stops being fun. he told his family during the summer reaction was mixed. but he made up his mind. Figures like him or dan maskell dont come along very often and in Ireland we will never see or O'muirihirtighs like again. Radio commentary for him was a family affair. three of his eight children worked along side him. it all began in 1949 as a railway cup commentary alongside the master Micheal O' hehir. O'hehir like O' Muirirhitigh had a passion for greyhound racing. both bred dogs. so to pay tribute to the great man. rte now has a listen back service. If you have never heard him before. www.rte.ie and I was urge you all to do so cause after today you will never hear from him again. in tribute here are the lyrics of queens radio gaga. Words and music by Roger Taylor (Radio) I'd sit alone and watch your light My only friend through teenage nights And everything I had to know I heard it on my radio (Radio) You gave them all those old time stars Through wars of worlds -- invaded by Mars You made 'em laugh -- you made 'em cry You made us feel like we could fly So don't become some background noise A backdrop for the girls and boys Who just don't know or just don't care And just complain when you're not there You had your time, you had the power You've yet to have your finest hour (Radio) All we hear is Radio ga ga Radio goo goo Radio ga ga All we hear is Radio ga ga Radio blah blah Radio what's new? Radio, someone still loves you! We watch the shows -- we watch the stars On videos for hours and hours We hardly need to use our ears How music changes through the years Let's hope you never leave old friend Like all good things on you we depend So stick around cos we might miss you When we grow tired of all this visual You had your time, you had the power You've yet to have your finest hour (Radio) All we hear is Radio ga ga Radio goo goo Radio GaGa All we hear is radio ga ga Radio goo goo Radio GaGa All we hear is Radio ga ga Radio ga ga Radio what's new? Someone still loves you! You had your time, you had the power You've yet to have your finest hour (Radio)