Brian May is a huge fan of the hit film Bohemian Rhapsody – and has applauded the movie for how it celebrated both Freddie Mercury and Queen.
However, it turns out he might have thought otherwise if Sacha Baron Cohen had taken the lead.
Chatting to Classic Rock, the star spoke about the new biopic and how everything could have been different if it werent for Rami Malek.
Talking about how they almost cast Sacha, the 71-year-old said: [It] was a near-disaster. I think we realised just in time what a disaster that was going to be.
And it actually wasnt rocket science to figure that out. But yeah, thats one of the rocks that we nearly hit.
He added: I think we were all nervous in the beginning, when the casting process was going on. Because yes, thats a real tough thing to contemplate – somebody playing the part of you.
The guitarist then went on to address Gwilym Lee who played Brian in the movie.
He explained how the pair had spent a lot of time together while filming and so the scenes where Freddie and May confront each other are very real.
The Mercury biopic received mixed reviews upon its release, with much of the criticism stemming from the skipping over of Freddies AIDS battle and romantic life.
However, Rami is standing by the script, although would have loved to show more of Freddies relationship with Jim Hutton.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, the 37-year-old said: They would love to deliver the entire Freddie Mercury story, but we have two hours.
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And in those two hours I know that those men want to celebrate Freddies life, and there was definitely a cognisant effort not to make this a hedonistic, salacious film.
He added: I think we all would have loved to show more of Freddies relationship with Jim toward the end of his life. That relationship is absolutely gorgeous, and if I had it my way, boy, would I love to tack on another hour to this film and fill in a few gaps.
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