Actor Sacha Baron Cohen went on Howard Stern’s show to explain why he quit on the Freddie Mercury biopic.

CREDIT: ©-Jean_Nelson-Depositphotos
CREDIT: ©-Jean_Nelson-Depositphotos

There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury. The guy was wild. He was living an extreme lifestyle [of] debauchery. There are stories of little people with plates of cocaine on their heads walking around a party.

It [becomes] a less interesting movie, but you’ve got to remember — and I understand it — they are a band, they want to protect their legacy as a band, they want it to be about Queen.

And I fully understand that.

[After] my first meeting, I should never have carried on because a member of the band, I won’t say who, he said, ‘This is such a great movie because such an amazing thing happens in the middle of the movie.’

I go,

‘What happens in the middle of the movie?’

He goes,

‘Freddie dies.’

I go, ‘

So you mean, it’s a bit like Pulp Fiction, the end is the middle, and the middle is the end? That’s interesting.’

He goes,

‘No no no.’

So I said,

‘Wait a minute, what happens in the second half of the movie?’

And he said,

‘Well, we see how the band carries on from strength to strength.’

And I said,

‘Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS, and then you carry on to see [what happens to the band].”

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According to Deadline, Sacha said,

“the band wanted to make more of a PG movie about Queen while Cohen was counting on a gritty R-rated tell-all centered around the gay singer.”