Friday, September 17, 2010

Sasha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury ?!

Actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to play the late rock icon Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic about the legendary singer.

The film, still without a title or a director, has been greenlighted by production company GK Films, which has hired Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon") to write the script. The film, including Cohen's star turn, has the support of Mercury's surviving bandmates. Mercury died of an HIV/AIDS-related illness in 1991.

The news has led to a very mixed response. Personally... my only minor problem with it is the major height difference. Mercury was 5'9 and Cohen is 5 inches taller. Also I will be interested to see how they will go about the vocals in the film. Will they dub Freddie's voice or will they require Cohen to take voice lessons that resemble Mercury's distinctive and difficult singing voice.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !