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Sacha Baron Cohen Politely Explains How Queen Wanted a 'Less Interesting' Freddie Mercury Biopic

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Sacha Baron Cohen speaks during SiriusXM's 'Entertainment Weekly Radio Special' with Sacha Baron Cohen hosted by Clark Collis on March 8, 2016 in New York City. 

In an interview with Howard Stern, Sacha Baron Cohen talks more about his split with the Freddie Mercury biopic. 

Cohen spoke about how he wanted the biopic to be about Mercury’s debaucherous life involving sex and drugs and a whole load of other wild antics, however, the remaining members of Queen wanted to take it in a less interesting direction. “It’s less interesting of a movie," the actor explains. "But you got to remember -- and I understand that --  they are a band, they want to protect their legacy as a band. They want it to be about Queen.” (A rep for the band did not reply to a request for comment from Billboard.)

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Cohen recounted an encounter with one unnamed member of Queen, where they explain how they want the movie to go. “A member of the band -- I won’t say who -- said, ‘You know, this is such a great movie because it’s got such an amazing thing that happens in the middle of the movie.’ And I go, ‘What happens in the middle of the movie?’ He goes, ‘You know, Freddie dies.’"

In his retelling of the story, Cohen then asked what happens in the latter half of the movie. "We see how the band carries on from strength to strength," the band member explained. “And I said, ‘Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you see how the band carries on.’”

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"The remaining members are still great musicians," Baron Cohen added. "Brian May is a amazing musician, by the way, he wrote half the stuff. But he’s not a great movie producer. "

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