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2013-03-25 03:54:15 PM  
Good for him. I like that he's preparing for the role accordingly. Although, he must have had them in the past for Sweeney Todd or Les Miserables. Regardless, he'll still never sound like Freddie Mercury.
 
2013-03-25 04:02:37 PM  
That scene from Borat will never leave my memory.
 
2013-03-25 05:01:25 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: Good for him. I like that he's preparing for the role accordingly. Although, he must have had them in the past for Sweeney Todd or Les Miserables. Regardless, he'll still never sound like Freddie Mercury.


I am glad to see he is taking it seriously.

No, he will never sound like Freddie. There are certain physical limitations involved here; Mercury had, IIRC, a full 4 or 5 octave range, where most people have at most 1 to 1-1/2. It is safe to say they wouldn't be able to find anyone who can both act and pull off that level of technical ability.

I suspect they will overdub.
 
2013-03-25 05:06:28 PM  
 Sacha Baron Cohen Likes To Move It Move It  Move It ....
 
2013-03-25 05:11:12 PM  
The only thing I saw him do was Borat and although the whole point was to bring out the racism and homophobia of his "victims" with his act, his "victims" usually just looked at him like he was a douchebag,

But his other stuff might be hilarious for all I know. And Freddy Mercury was one of the greats so he probably has a good story to tell.
 
2013-03-25 05:26:42 PM  
Marc Martel needs to sing "young" Freddie's parts.

Gary Mullen needs to sing "older" Freddie's parts.

These are facts. End of story.
 
2013-03-25 05:31:00 PM  
I hope this scene is in the film.

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-25 05:44:18 PM  
I'll be really impressed if whoever is playing Brian May takes a few courses in astrophysics.
 
2013-03-25 05:53:37 PM  
Having heard Freddy Mercury's speaking voice I can't for the life of me figure out why the man wouldn't just sing every word he's ever uttered. The dichotomy between his brilliant singing voice and downright laughably annoying speaking voice is enough to tie your brain in knots.
 
2013-03-25 06:15:40 PM  

Ghastly: Having heard Freddy Mercury's speaking voice I can't for the life of me figure out why the man wouldn't just sing every word he's ever uttered. The dichotomy between his brilliant singing voice and downright laughably annoying speaking voice is enough to tie your brain in knots.


And he was aware of it. It made him really self-conscious. It's why he was so shy, guarded and retiring in person. On stage, he was a god. He could wear a costume, be anyone he wanted. He could hold a quarter-million people in the palm of his hand. But off-stage, he was just the funny-looking guy with the big teeth, and always felt gawky and nervous.

I'm a huge, HUGE completist-level Queen fan, and have absolute mounds of books, video, and music...And Freddie's duality of character is central to pretty much every piece of documentation on both him, and the band.
 
2013-03-25 06:17:18 PM  
So what? Tons of actors get aids to help further their careers. Oh. Vocal coaches. Never mind.
 
2013-03-25 06:18:29 PM  
Cohen. Will. Be. Awesome.
 
2013-03-25 06:25:41 PM  
Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.
 
2013-03-25 06:30:28 PM  

MaxxLarge: Marc Martel needs to sing "young" "studio"  Freddie's parts.

Gary Mullen needs to sing "older" "live or in concert" Freddie's parts.

These are facts. End of story.


FTFY
 
2013-03-25 06:31:59 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: FTFY


Noted, accepted.
 
2013-03-25 06:34:18 PM  

markfara: Cohen. Will. Be. Awesome.


I have high hopes that Cohen will be awesome.  However, part me of thinks this might be a train wreck.
 
2013-03-25 06:40:47 PM  
I have enjoyed all the parts Sascha has played.
 
2013-03-25 06:48:00 PM  
John Barrowman would have been the perfect Freddie Mercury, but you know Hollywood. We probably should be lucky that the role wasn't handed to Wil Smith.
 
2013-03-25 06:48:24 PM  
Oh boy! I thought this movie was halted or canceled!
This made my monday, Subby!

/he will be a good look-alike freddie. I've heard him sing in movies, but he didn't sound anything like Freddie. let's hope this singing training works.
// Marc Martel would be a good choice, as noted above by another poster
/// Anybody remember Mika? He'd be good too! :)  (if you don't, go youtube the songs "love today", and "Grace Kelly")
 
2013-03-25 06:50:33 PM  

TV's Vinnie: John Barrowman would have been the perfect Freddie Mercury, but you know Hollywood. We probably should be lucky that the role wasn't handed to Wil Smith.


Yes, they gave the role of a British Arab fellow to a British Jew instead of an American born Scotsman.

You just know Barrowman would have nailed the role due to his experience on Animals At Work. I enjoyed the bit he did on paper made from sheep's poo.
 
2013-03-25 06:51:42 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.


I dunno. Have you ever seen this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I
 
2013-03-25 06:53:50 PM  
What about corksoaking lessons?
 
2013-03-25 06:57:36 PM  

Tommy Moo: Mike Chewbacca: Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.

I dunno. Have you ever seen this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I


oh hell that has got to be fake...jesus....dude is great...
 
2013-03-25 07:15:47 PM  

gilgigamesh: No, he will never sound like Freddie. There are certain physical limitations involved here; Mercury had, IIRC, a full 4 or 5 octave range, where most people have at most 1 to 1-1/2. It is safe to say they wouldn't be able to find anyone who can both act and pull off that level of technical ability.


Yeah, but even Freddie worked with someone (I strongly suspect an operatic coach) to maintain that range the game he plays with the audience on a number of live recordings sounds exactly like a vocal exercise to me.
 
2013-03-25 07:17:29 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Tommy Moo: Mike Chewbacca: Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.

I dunno. Have you ever seen this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I

oh hell that has got to be fake...jesus....dude is great...


nope, not fake

I present to you him singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a great group of musicians/singers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGcDpnxtqsc
 
2013-03-25 07:23:21 PM  
Marc Martel singing Nessun Dorma. If that doesn't give you the chills, you're not human.
 
2013-03-25 07:26:55 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: Unoriginal_Username: Tommy Moo: Mike Chewbacca: Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.

I dunno. Have you ever seen this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I

oh hell that has got to be fake...jesus....dude is great...

nope, not fake

I present to you him singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a great group of musicians/singers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGcDpnxtqsc


GD that was enjoyable. The first video, at the end when he killed the song on the last note, well damn. I'm sure most would fail a blind hearing test
 
2013-03-25 07:28:39 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: Unoriginal_Username: Tommy Moo: Mike Chewbacca: Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.

I dunno. Have you ever seen this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I

oh hell that has got to be fake...jesus....dude is great...

nope, not fake

I present to you him singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a great group of musicians/singers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGcDpnxtqsc


Most impressive.
 
2013-03-25 07:36:20 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Third_Uncle_Eno: Unoriginal_Username: Tommy Moo: Mike Chewbacca: Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.

I dunno. Have you ever seen this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I

oh hell that has got to be fake...jesus....dude is great...

nope, not fake

I present to you him singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a great group of musicians/singers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGcDpnxtqsc

GD that was enjoyable. The first video, at the end when he killed the song on the last note, well damn. I'm sure most would fail a blind hearing test


The man's got talent, definitely, but he's still not Freddie. I can tell the difference and I have a tin ear. Also, he lacks Freddie's passion. When I listen to Freddie's BR, I can hear the pain in his voice, especially at "Sometimes wish I'd never been born at all." This guy? Nope.
 
2013-03-25 07:38:05 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Unoriginal_Username: Third_Uncle_Eno: Unoriginal_Username: Tommy Moo: Mike Chewbacca: Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.

I dunno. Have you ever seen this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I

oh hell that has got to be fake...jesus....dude is great...

nope, not fake

I present to you him singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a great group of musicians/singers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGcDpnxtqsc

GD that was enjoyable. The first video, at the end when he killed the song on the last note, well damn. I'm sure most would fail a blind hearing test

The man's got talent, definitely, but he's still not Freddie. I can tell the difference and I have a tin ear. Also, he lacks Freddie's passion. When I listen to Freddie's BR, I can hear the pain in his voice, especially at "Sometimes wish I'd never been born at all." This guy? Nope.


Okay, he's much better when he's rocking out.
 
2013-03-25 07:41:27 PM  

gilgigamesh: AnotherBluesStringer: Good for him. I like that he's preparing for the role accordingly. Although, he must have had them in the past for Sweeney Todd or Les Miserables. Regardless, he'll still never sound like Freddie Mercury.

I am glad to see he is taking it seriously.

No, he will never sound like Freddie. There are certain physical limitations involved here; Mercury had, IIRC, a full 4 or 5 octave range, where most people have at most 1 to 1-1/2. It is safe to say they wouldn't be able to find anyone who can both act and pull off that level of technical ability.

I suspect they will overdub.


I don't know.  The thing about singing is, much like speaking, the way you sound is something you can control to an extent.  Some people can exercise more precise control over the tone and quality of their voice, and some can't.  For all his range and glorious sounding singing, Freddie couldn't really control his vocal quality, or he would have changed how his speaking voice sounded.

Cohen, on the other hand, has demonstrated time and time again that he can make himself look and sound like a completely different person... several completely different people, really, to the point where it takes you a minute to realize who he is.  If you can do that with your speaking voice and you have a decent singing range, often times you can do that with your singing voice as well.  What he may be doing with one of those singing coaches is learning how to alter his voice to have a similar quality to Mercury's.

Now whether or not he has Mercury's range, or at least close enough that he can sing most of the hits himself, remains to be seen.
 
2013-03-25 07:47:07 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Mike Chewbacca: Unoriginal_Username: Third_Uncle_Eno: Unoriginal_Username: Tommy Moo: Mike Chewbacca: Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.

I dunno. Have you ever seen this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I

oh hell that has got to be fake...jesus....dude is great...

nope, not fake

I present to you him singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a great group of musicians/singers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGcDpnxtqsc

GD that was enjoyable. The first video, at the end when he killed the song on the last note, well damn. I'm sure most would fail a blind hearing test

The man's got talent, definitely, but he's still not Freddie. I can tell the difference and I have a tin ear. Also, he lacks Freddie's passion. When I listen to Freddie's BR, I can hear the pain in his voice, especially at "Sometimes wish I'd never been born at all." This guy? Nope.

Okay, he's much better when he's rocking out.


agreed with him not being Freddie. But noone will ever be able to duplicate him. This guy though comes really close with his voice.

The other video that Tommy linked was pretty damn close too.
 
2013-03-25 07:48:59 PM  

yukichigai: gilgigamesh: AnotherBluesStringer: Good for him. I like that he's preparing for the role accordingly. Although, he must have had them in the past for Sweeney Todd or Les Miserables. Regardless, he'll still never sound like Freddie Mercury.

I am glad to see he is taking it seriously.

No, he will never sound like Freddie. There are certain physical limitations involved here; Mercury had, IIRC, a full 4 or 5 octave range, where most people have at most 1 to 1-1/2. It is safe to say they wouldn't be able to find anyone who can both act and pull off that level of technical ability.

I suspect they will overdub.

I don't know.  The thing about singing is, much like speaking, the way you sound is something you can control to an extent.  Some people can exercise more precise control over the tone and quality of their voice, and some can't.  For all his range and glorious sounding singing, Freddie couldn't really control his vocal quality, or he would have changed how his speaking voice sounded.

Cohen, on the other hand, has demonstrated time and time again that he can make himself look and sound like a completely different person... several completely different people, really, to the point where it takes you a minute to realize who he is.  If you can do that with your speaking voice and you have a decent singing range, often times you can do that with your singing voice as well.  What he may be doing with one of those singing coaches is learning how to alter his voice to have a similar quality to Mercury's.

Now whether or not he has Mercury's range, or at least close enough that he can sing most of the hits himself, remains to be seen.


When Hugh Jackman was learning how to sing opera, he was awful until he realized he could just imitate how others sang. So when he sings, he's actually just imitating someone else entirely.
 
2013-03-25 07:49:36 PM  
He won't sing as well as Freddy (duh).  But he will sing very well.  And his look and his mannerisms will be enough for at least an Oscar nomination.

/At least, that's what I expect.
 
2013-03-25 08:09:47 PM  
If this doesn't work out he should play Frank Zappa in his inevitable life story.
 
2013-03-25 08:22:35 PM  

indarwinsshadow: Marc Martel singing Nessun Dorma. If that doesn't give you the chills, you're not human.


I think I need to favorite you just for linking that.  Damn, that made my day.
 
2013-03-25 08:25:20 PM  

Shirley Ujest: I have enjoyed all the parts Sascha has played.


I'd enjoy him playing my parts.
 
2013-03-25 08:37:32 PM  
To the 'he'll never sound/be as good as Freddy' crowd... let's be realistic - NO one could ever fill those shoes - vocally, dramatically, etc.  I hope SBC does a great job and suspect he will.

/btw - Freddy was approached by label/management types to get his teeth 'fixed' but (like Streisand and her nose), he realized it might affect his voice/singing so they did the 'unthinkable' by today's standards and chose substance and talent over physical appearance.

//tmyk
 
2013-03-25 08:56:39 PM  
Queen was one of my favorite bands growing up.  This halfassed  Jerry Lewis, Borat playing Freddie Mercury is a farking travesty.
 
2013-03-25 09:00:25 PM  

bump: To the 'he'll never sound/be as good as Freddy' crowd... let's be realistic - NO one could ever fill those shoes - vocally, dramatically, etc.  I hope SBC does a great job and suspect he will.



Then why even bother with having SBC actually sing? Just dub Freddie over it. It's what we all want to hear, anyway.
 
2013-03-25 09:12:42 PM  
I will watch the shiat out of this movie.
 
2013-03-25 09:15:30 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: Good for him. I like that he's preparing for the role accordingly. Although, he must have had them in the past for Sweeney Todd or Les Miserables. Regardless, he'll still never sound like Freddie Mercury.


I recall reading (before the movie came out) that sasha was the only one whose songs were covered by someone else in sweeny todd.

could be wrong though
 
2013-03-25 09:28:19 PM  

vactech: If this doesn't work out he should play Frank Zappa in his inevitable life story.


Why not both simultaneously?
Fred Zappa.
Oh that's probably one of FZs grandkids.
 
2013-03-25 09:35:37 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Then why even bother with having SBC actually sing? Just dub Freddie over it. It's what we all want to hear, anyway.


Because the ONLY way to make the dubbed singing look even HALF decent is to actually be singing and trying to hit those high notes.

Do you ever watch someone fake play the piano? they look retarded. there is no life in their shoulders. no life in the fingers or body.

He isnt taking singing lessons to try and hit any note. it would be impossible.
He is taking the lessons to help the magic of hollywood. The better a singer he is in real life, the better he will do pulling this off.
 
2013-03-25 09:45:40 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: But noone will ever be able to duplicate him.


The guy from Herman's Hermits?!
 
2013-03-25 09:51:41 PM  

vernonFL: I hope this scene is in the film.


I thought Jaws was never his scene and he didn't like Star Wars.
 
2013-03-25 10:17:56 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: Unoriginal_Username: Tommy Moo: Mike Chewbacca: Only Freddie could sing like Freddie.

I dunno. Have you ever seen this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I

oh hell that has got to be fake...jesus....dude is great...

nope, not fake

I present to you him singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a great group of musicians/singers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGcDpnxtqsc


I can't let a Bohemian Rhapsody cover go by without linking my favorite one (even if Martels cover is a very close second):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY
 
2013-03-25 10:22:49 PM  

Mad_Radhu: vernonFL: I hope this scene is in the film.

I thought Jaws was never his scene and he didn't like Star Wars.


golf clap
 
2013-03-25 10:30:55 PM  

MadAzza: Shirley Ujest: I have enjoyed all the parts Sascha has played.

I'd enjoy him playing my parts.


I am always surprised seeing him out of character, He's an extremely good-looking guy.
 
2013-03-25 10:53:32 PM  

FunkOut: TV's Vinnie: John Barrowman would have been the perfect Freddie Mercury, but you know Hollywood. We probably should be lucky that the role wasn't handed to Wil Smith.

Yes, they gave the role of a British Arab fellow to a British Jew instead of an American born Scotsman.


Actually, Freddie was Indian (specifically a Parsi) born in Zanzibar, and raised in India.
 
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