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(Huffington Post)   Sasha Baron Cohen will no longer be starring in the Freddie Mercury biopic because producers demanded a change from R rating to PG   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 82
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2013-07-23 12:19:48 AM  
What a whiny little cocksucker.
 
2013-07-23 12:34:03 AM  
The market for this film has been shrinking since 1991.  It probably peaked after Wayne's World in 1992, and maybe had some legs after Wayne's World 2.  The only recent activity for the Freddy "Q" factor was that Christian band leader who mimicked Freddy on Ellen five years ago.  At this point they'd be better off waiting another 10 years so you get some detachment from it all, ala "The Doors."

I love their music, but Freddy Mercury's story isn't something that lends itself to the big screen.  He was an intensely private person and the numerous documentaries done since he died serve the purpose well.  I'm not sure how successful an actual movie would be.
 
2013-07-23 01:14:26 AM  

Lsherm: The market for this film has been shrinking since 1991.  It probably peaked after Wayne's World in 1992, and maybe had some legs after Wayne's World 2.  The only recent activity for the Freddy "Q" factor was that Christian band leader who mimicked Freddy on Ellen five years ago.  At this point they'd be better off waiting another 10 years so you get some detachment from it all, ala "The Doors."

I love their music, but Freddy Mercury's story isn't something that lends itself to the big screen.   He was an intensely private person and the numerous documentaries done since he died serve the purpose well.  I'm not sure how successful an actual movie would be.


Kinda with you here.  I love Queen and Freddie, but I just don't know how you can do a proper biopic about someone so private without it containing a bunch of BS.
 
2013-07-23 01:23:05 AM  
Well... I hope he'll keep on fighting till the end.
 
2013-07-23 02:56:38 AM  
fark Sasha Baron Cohen


/not a fan
 
2013-07-23 03:33:54 AM  

bdub77: What a whiny little cocksucker.


So you actually think a PG movie about Freddie Mercury won't suck? Dude was a rock star not a Muppet.
 
2013-07-23 03:45:52 AM  

Lsherm: The market for this film has been shrinking since 1991.  It probably peaked after Wayne's World in 1992, and maybe had some legs after Wayne's World 2.  The only recent activity for the Freddy "Q" factor was that Christian band leader who mimicked Freddy on Ellen five years ago.  At this point they'd be better off waiting another 10 years so you get some detachment from it all, ala "The Doors."

I love their music, but Freddy Mercury's story isn't something that lends itself to the big screen.  He was an intensely private person and the numerous documentaries done since he died serve the purpose well.  I'm not sure how successful an actual movie would be.


I agree for the most part, but Morrison died in '71 and the Doors movie came out twenty years after his death. Maybe now IS the right time, since Freddy died about that long ago. That being said, I'm not so sure Borat is the best choice...there's gotta be a more respectable, serious actor out there that could pull it off.
 
2013-07-23 03:56:00 AM  
His portrayal of  Thénardier was bland and uninspired. I don't see what the author of the article is gushing over.
 
2013-07-23 04:06:25 AM  
I disagree with the PG rating. Sasha has got a point...

It's a shame. I would have liked to see him in such a role.
 
2013-07-23 04:18:14 AM  
A PG movie about a gay 70/80s rock star?

Yeah, that'll be... good.
 
2013-07-23 04:50:53 AM  
An R rating or a PG rating?

In any biopic portrayal, especially one of the life of Freddie Mercury, one has to consider.....

Is this the real life? Or, is this just fantasy?
 
2013-07-23 04:51:41 AM  
PG? The band has script approval? Too many cooks in the kitchen.
 
2013-07-23 04:57:20 AM  

Lsherm: The market for this film has been shrinking since 1991.  It probably peaked after Wayne's World in 1992, and maybe had some legs after Wayne's World 2.  The only recent activity for the Freddy "Q" factor was that Christian band leader who mimicked Freddy on Ellen five years ago.  At this point they'd be better off waiting another 10 years so you get some detachment from it all, ala "The Doors."

I love their music, but Freddy Mercury's story isn't something that lends itself to the big screen.  He was an intensely private person and the numerous documentaries done since he died serve the purpose well.  I'm not sure how successful an actual movie would be.


"At this point they'd be better off waiting another 10 years so you get some detachment from it all, ala "The Doors."

More time has lapsed since Freddie down, than there was between Morrison dying and the Movie coming out.


(Sorry about the weird formatting. Farks mobile app is absolute garbage.)
 
2013-07-23 05:03:22 AM  
Damn shame. I don't really like Cohen's work but I would have seen this given the subject matter.

No chance I'm watching a PG version.
 
2013-07-23 05:38:25 AM  
He's right.  He smelled Baz Luhrmann in the water and got out.  Wise choice.
 
2013-07-23 06:09:30 AM  
When you take money from he big studios you have to pay attention to their notes.
 
2013-07-23 06:21:03 AM  

Crewmannumber6: When you take money from he big studios you have to pay attention to their notes.


Yeah but those guys notes tend to fark everything up.
 
2013-07-23 06:34:51 AM  

TheJoe03: Crewmannumber6: When you take money from he big studios you have to pay attention to their notes.

Yeah but those guys notes tend to fark everything up.


Then don't take their money. Want to do it your way? Do it Indie style. They don't care about $10 million, but if they give you $100 million, you pretty much have to do things their way.
 
2013-07-23 06:38:46 AM  

Crewmannumber6: Then don't take their money. Want to do it your way? Do it Indie style. They don't care about $10 million, but if they give you $100 million, you pretty much have to do things their way.


Fair enough, I was thinking about Louis CK and how he did "Louie" when I wrote that, so you're right. Then again, my point still stands, those notes tend to fark up the creative process of making a movie (TV show, album, whatever). To think these Hollywood morons believe making a PG movie about Freddie Mercury makes sense basically proves that point. You're right but those Hollywood schmucks aren't.
 
2013-07-23 06:43:57 AM  
Any way the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me

/Mr. MutantMotherMouse's rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody makes me laugh so hard, I pee a little
 
2013-07-23 06:46:36 AM  

Bslim: PG? The band has script approval? Too many cooks in the kitchen.


The Band has always had control of their name and likenesses.  I understand their concern about a "warts and all" treatment making them look like total assholes.
 
2013-07-23 06:47:52 AM  
Freddy sucked.
 
2013-07-23 07:14:46 AM  
"Sacha, you know, he's got to be one of the best comedians on the planet,"

uhm no
 
2013-07-23 07:18:43 AM  

Massa Damnata: "Sacha, you know, he's got to be one of the best comedians on the planet,"

uhm Hell no


FTFY
 
2013-07-23 07:19:46 AM  

YoOjo: Freddy sucked.


Probably, but he was a great singer too.
 
2013-07-23 07:21:37 AM  

Another Government Employee: Bslim: PG? The band has script approval? Too many cooks in the kitchen.

The Band has always had control of their name and likenesses.  I understand their concern about a "warts and all" treatment making them look like total assholes.


A gorilla sculpture, painted as musician Freddie Mercury, has been removed after a copyright complaint.

Organisers of Go Go Gorillas, a public art trail in Norwich, were contacted by Queen's manager Jim Beach on behalf of the Freddie Mercury estate.

The estate claimed the suit "worn" by the gorilla breached copyright.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-23226366
 
2013-07-23 07:27:06 AM  

TheJoe03: bdub77: What a whiny little cocksucker.

So you actually think a PG movie about Freddie Mercury won't suck? Dude was a rock star not a Muppet.


This, actually. The idea of keeping the movie PG is, honestly, a disservice to Freddie Mercury. I salute Cohen for defending artistic integrity - if a PG rating prevents him from giving a serviceable performance, then backing out of the role seems like a perfectly reasonable response.
 
2013-07-23 07:35:11 AM  

YoOjo: Another Government Employee: Bslim: PG? The band has script approval? Too many cooks in the kitchen.

The Band has always had control of their name and likenesses.  I understand their concern about a "warts and all" treatment making them look like total assholes.

A gorilla sculpture, painted as musician Freddie Mercury, has been removed after a copyright complaint.

Organisers of Go Go Gorillas, a public art trail in Norwich, were contacted by Queen's manager Jim Beach on behalf of the Freddie Mercury estate.

The estate claimed the suit "worn" by the gorilla breached copyright.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-23226366


how the fark does copyright extend to the color of a jacket?
and if it does somehow....
how the fark is amazon and its various sellers and suppliers in business ?
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_14?rh=n%3A1036592%2Ck%3Ayellow+j ac ket
 
2013-07-23 07:38:09 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: His portrayal of  Thénardier was bland and uninspired. I don't see what the author of the article is gushing over.




I don't know, I'm not sure how that performance could have possibly been any nardier.
 
2013-07-23 07:46:24 AM  
So they want to make a PG movie about a gay rock star that was ascendant in the 70's.

Why?
 
2013-07-23 07:46:42 AM  

TheJoe03: bdub77: What a whiny little cocksucker.

So you actually think a PG movie about Freddie Mercury won't suck? Dude was a rock star not a Muppet.


I think you missed the joke. For the record I agree with you. :)
 
2013-07-23 07:52:42 AM  

bdub77: TheJoe03: bdub77: What a whiny little cocksucker.

So you actually think a PG movie about Freddie Mercury won't suck? Dude was a rock star not a Muppet.

I think you missed the joke. For the record I agree with you. :)


Dada?
 
2013-07-23 07:55:56 AM  

bdub77: I think you missed the joke.


Ah, well now I feel like a dick. I should have known it was a joke since I'm such a comedy geek and I should know better.
 
2013-07-23 08:05:09 AM  

Another Government Employee: The Band has always had control of their name and likenesses.  I understand their concern about a "warts and all" treatment making them look like total assholes.


Oh FFS.

The best biopics are always the ones where the person or their relatives has no say in it, or is big enough to basically laugh their ass off at their younger, stupid selves. 24 Hour Party People is a great film, because Tony Wilson didn't care what they said about him. He just wanted to pay tribute to the music of Joy Division, new Order and the Happy Mondays.
 
2013-07-23 08:07:21 AM  

Leader O'Cola: YoOjo: Another Government Employee: Bslim: PG? The band has script approval? Too many cooks in the kitchen.

The Band has always had control of their name and likenesses.  I understand their concern about a "warts and all" treatment making them look like total assholes.

A gorilla sculpture, painted as musician Freddie Mercury, has been removed after a copyright complaint.

Organisers of Go Go Gorillas, a public art trail in Norwich, were contacted by Queen's manager Jim Beach on behalf of the Freddie Mercury estate.

The estate claimed the suit "worn" by the gorilla breached copyright.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-23226366

how the fark does copyright extend to the color of a jacket?
and if it does somehow....
how the fark is amazon and its various sellers and suppliers in business ?
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_14?rh=n%3A1036592%2Ck%3Ayellow+j ac ket


I would go out on a very far limb and guess that the main issue was the verbatim logo trace on the back of the jacket, possibly then poorly translated through a lawyer.
 
2013-07-23 08:16:20 AM  
Could you even have a picture of Mercury displayed and get a PG?

/Is too sexy.
//Too, too sexy.
 
2013-07-23 08:16:57 AM  
The band and studio were obviously afraid the movie wouldn't tank. Thank God they headed off that possibility.
 
2013-07-23 08:21:51 AM  

farkeruk: Another Government Employee: The Band has always had control of their name and likenesses.  I understand their concern about a "warts and all" treatment making them look like total assholes.

Oh FFS.

The best biopics are always the ones where the person or their relatives has no say in it, or is big enough to basically laugh their ass off at their younger, stupid selves. 24 Hour Party People is a great film, because Tony Wilson didn't care what they said about him. He just wanted to pay tribute to the music of Joy Division, new Order and the Happy Mondays.



Plus, Andy Serkis was farking phenomenal in that movie.

I'm still wondering how a filmmaking team could pull off a PG film about a rock star who became famous at the height of the sex and drug fueled 70s, and who also pretty much screwed anything that would screw him back.
 
2013-07-23 08:22:28 AM  

ModernLuddite: Could you even have a picture of Mercury displayed and get a PG?

/Is too sexy.
//Too, too sexy.

img.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-23 08:30:45 AM  
Bummer, SBC would have been great as Freddy.
 
2013-07-23 08:45:58 AM  
it doesn't make a lot of sense anyway.  do they think a bunch of kids will want to see a freddie mercury movie because it's rated pg13?  anyone under the age of 20 probably doesn't even know who mercury is, even if they have heard queen songs on the radio.  the only possible audience for this movie is going to be people 30 and older, so why not give it an adult rating?
 
2013-07-23 08:49:28 AM  

enderthexenocide: it doesn't make a lot of sense anyway.  do they think a bunch of kids will want to see a freddie mercury movie because it's rated pg13?  anyone under the age of 20 probably doesn't even know who mercury is, even if they have heard queen songs on the radio.  the only possible audience for this movie is going to be people 30 and older, so why not give it an adult rating?


Teenagers buy movie tickets, to a greater extent than adults
 
2013-07-23 08:51:09 AM  
Most movies I see lately are PG-13. They want to go down to PG? That's the same rating as Turbo, and Despicable Me 2.
 
2013-07-23 09:03:32 AM  

enderthexenocide: it doesn't make a lot of sense anyway.  do they think a bunch of kids will want to see a freddie mercury movie because it's rated pg13?  anyone under the age of 20 probably doesn't even know who mercury is, even if they have heard queen songs on the radio.  the only possible audience for this movie is going to be people 30 and older, so why not give it an adult rating?


^^ THIS ^^

I'm not particularly a fan of Borat but I do think SBC could play an excellent Freddy. I think the surviving members (of Queen) should stop taking themselves so seriously.
 
2013-07-23 09:11:09 AM  
Good. A movie about Freddie Mercury shouldn't be rated PG.
 
2013-07-23 09:16:10 AM  

TheJoe03: bdub77: I think you missed the joke.

Ah, well now I feel like a dick. I should have known it was a joke since I'm such a comedy geek and I should know better.


Nah, it's usually just the sign of a terrible joke ;)
 
2013-07-23 09:18:47 AM  

Lsherm: The market for this film has been shrinking since 1991.  It probably peaked after Wayne's World in 1992, and maybe had some legs after Wayne's World 2.  The only recent activity for the Freddy "Q" factor was that Christian band leader who mimicked Freddy on Ellen five years ago.


that's purely from a US perspective. from an international perspective, queen are still massively huge and a film about freddie would likely do very well.
 
2013-07-23 09:25:11 AM  
How can you NOT tell the story of Freddie Mercury honestly without it being R-rated?
 
2013-07-23 09:25:26 AM  
What's the problem?  An improbable rise to fame by performing theatrical music to a rock and roll audience that was still tolerant of 8 minute songs at the time.  Why an R rating?  Cohen wants to show his penis, doesn't he?

In all, I think I'd like to see a retrospective on the performers from that era and how audiences never knew that the definition of "stage presence" in many cases meant "being gay" (yes, a loose association but with merit) and the promotional misdirection to keep this information a secret in order to remain "decent" and profitable - and how it's still being applied in recent years on members of boy bands.  Mercury is the perfect example.
 
2013-07-23 09:29:24 AM  
I bet Sasha had 40 pages of Romping-Rated-R-gay-sex-parade jubilee; and the band wanted to make it about the music. So the band came in one morning with the idea to make it PG; to force Sasha into making it about the music

With a PG rating, they might consider doing a saturday morning cartoon about Freddie and the Band instead?

/very disappoint
 
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