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Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Freddie Mercury 2010-09-17 10:30:52

Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury

Sacha Baron Cohen's days of hiding behind one of his beloved HBO characters (Ali G, Bruno, Borat) are long over — but his career certainly isn't. The comedian is changing course for his next role, reportedly taking on the huge task of playing Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic about the Queen lead singer and the band's rise to fame. Cohen proved that he can sing in Sweeney Todd, but it's still undetermined whether or not he'll be trying to take on "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You" himself. Personally, I think I'd rather see Cohen lip syncing than attempting Mercury's signature falsetto.

There's no denying that Cohen looks the part, but do you think he has the acting chops? I've always thought he was a gifted actor in spite of all the controversy he's caused over the years, so I can't wait to hear more about this one. Do you think he's right for the role?

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reesiecup reesiecup 6 years
He seems dedicated to the characters he portrays. I think he can pull it off.
gd101 gd101 6 years
I just don't see it! No one can portray Freddie. He's unique. His voice is unique. Only time will tell if this was a good decision...
Burkina Burkina 6 years
^ Bruno was specific. If he was any different it wouldn't be so entertaining. I have yet to hear anyone say Borat was a bad portrayal of a straight man. Anyway, Im excited. Sacha is a method actor so Im sure it will be great.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
Plenty of people hated his portrayal of a gay man in Bruno....I know it was supposed to be over the top, but it offended alot of people. Ironic that he is going to play Freddie. I saw Freddie and Queen when I was in high school in the late time for live rock and roll. I hope Cohen doesn't fuck it up.
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
Perfect. About time this is being made into a movie. I love bio-pics!
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