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(Metro)   Daniel Radcliffe could replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the Freddie Mercury biopic   (metro.co.uk) divider line 70
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2013-09-22 09:53:01 AM
Ugh. I actually think Cohen would've been a better pick. If the rumors are true that May and Taylor are trying to Disneyfy Fred's life, that's rather sad.

It was the dark avenues that would've made the journey of Mercury's life worth the trip.
 
2013-09-22 10:20:28 AM
That is a terrible idea.
 
2013-09-22 11:13:57 AM
Well, now it's going to suck.
 
2013-09-22 11:27:36 AM
Way to fail, just kill the project already.

'Plus, he's closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who's much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.'

GFY, that is not a reason to hire an actor. Cohen would have crushed that role. Freddy Mercury was such a balls out full throttle personality it would take someone as crazy as Sasha Cohen to do the role any justice.
 
2013-09-22 11:31:14 AM

whyaduck: Ugh. I actually think Cohen would've been a better pick. If the rumors are true that May and Taylor are trying to Disneyfy Fred's life, that's rather sad.

It was the dark avenues that would've made the journey of Mercury's life worth the trip.


And here I was, thinking "Oh I'm sure Cohen wants it 'gritter' - this is the guy who thought 'Borat' was a good idea.  He makes a living being offensive.  He wants to make sure everybody knows how offensive he is.He's an attention whore.  He's like the kid in 3rd grade to ate his own boogers because it grossed the other kids out."  Cohen has absolutely no farking interest in Freddy Mercury's life story.  Radcliffe at least is trying to show everyone he's a good actor and a serious one, so he might try to do a good job of it.
 
2013-09-22 11:31:35 AM

sammyk: Way to fail, just kill the project already.

'Plus, he's closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who's much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.'

GFY, that is not a reason to hire an actor. Cohen would have crushed that role. Freddy Mercury was such a balls out full throttle personality it would take someone as crazy as Sasha Cohen to do the role any justice.


I agree, but just maybe Radcliffe is capable of a balls out crazy role.  Trying to smash his type casting etc.
 
2013-09-22 11:39:34 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: whyaduck: Ugh. I actually think Cohen would've been a better pick. If the rumors are true that May and Taylor are trying to Disneyfy Fred's life, that's rather sad.

It was the dark avenues that would've made the journey of Mercury's life worth the trip.

And here I was, thinking "Oh I'm sure Cohen wants it 'gritter' - this is the guy who thought 'Borat' was a good idea.  He makes a living being offensive.  He wants to make sure everybody knows how offensive he is.He's an attention whore.  He's like the kid in 3rd grade to ate his own boogers because it grossed the other kids out."  Cohen has absolutely no farking interest in Freddy Mercury's life story.  Radcliffe at least is trying to show everyone he's a good actor and a serious one, so he might try to do a good job of it.


Borat wasn't a good idea?  It was a hit financially, it was very well received by most critics, and has a 91% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes.  Sure, it was vulgar in any places, but it was as much social satire as it was about blue comedy.
 
2013-09-22 11:40:36 AM
No no no NO NO!
 
2013-09-22 11:49:09 AM

whyaduck: Ugh. I actually think Cohen would've been a better pick. If the rumors are true that May and Taylor are trying to Disneyfy Fred's life, that's rather sad.

It was the dark avenues that would've made the journey of Mercury's life worth the trip.


If those rumors are true, then it might explain why Baron Cohen decided to walk. Freddie Mercury's life wasn't exactly one of a G-rated nature.

/Sacha Baron Cohen does not have a middle name. His last name is "Baron Cohen," not "Cohen"
//much the same way that it would be wrong to refer to someone whose last name is Saint James as "James" (unless his parents thought it would be a good idea to name their kid James St. James)
 
2013-09-22 11:52:38 AM

sammyk: 'Plus, he's closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who's much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.'


So? Tom Cruise looks like a normal sized human in his films. I'm sure they can go in the opposite direction with camera work. And Shirley they're not going to have him karaoke Queen songs in the film.
 
2013-09-22 12:04:03 PM

King Something: whyaduck: Ugh. I actually think Cohen would've been a better pick. If the rumors are true that May and Taylor are trying to Disneyfy Fred's life, that's rather sad.

It was the dark avenues that would've made the journey of Mercury's life worth the trip.

If those rumors are true, then it might explain why Baron Cohen decided to walk. Freddie Mercury's life wasn't exactly one of a G-rated nature.

/Sacha Baron Cohen does not have a middle name. His last name is "Baron Cohen," not "Cohen"
//much the same way that it would be wrong to refer to someone whose last name is Saint James as "James" (unless his parents thought it would be a good idea to name their kid James St. James)


Interesting, I learned something new today.  Although, at least according to Wikipedia, he does have middle name, Noam.
 
2013-09-22 12:09:05 PM

King Something: whyaduck: Ugh. I actually think Cohen would've been a better pick. If the rumors are true that May and Taylor are trying to Disneyfy Fred's life, that's rather sad.

It was the dark avenues that would've made the journey of Mercury's life worth the trip.

If those rumors are true, then it might explain why Baron Cohen decided to walk. Freddie Mercury's life wasn't exactly one of a G-rated nature.

/Sacha Baron Cohen does not have a middle name. His last name is "Baron Cohen," not "Cohen"
//much the same way that it would be wrong to refer to someone whose last name is Saint James as "James" (unless his parents thought it would be a good idea to name their kid James St. James)


General Arthur MacArthur unavailable for comment.
 
2013-09-22 01:12:42 PM
Well, Freddie Mercury was pretty adept at the Patronus charm, so I guess I can see that...
 
2013-09-22 01:17:31 PM

bluorangefyre: No no no NO NO!


i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-22 01:31:14 PM
Let's see. Who should I cast as the lead in The Dane Cook story? Will it be James Cromwell or Peter Dinklage?
 
2013-09-22 01:37:55 PM

King Something: /much the same way that it would be wrong to refer to someone whose last name is Saint James as "James" (unless his parents thought it would be a good idea to name their kid James St. James)


I would never call him James. I prefer "Jimbo."
 
2013-09-22 01:57:31 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: whyaduck: Ugh. I actually think Cohen would've been a better pick. If the rumors are true that May and Taylor are trying to Disneyfy Fred's life, that's rather sad.

It was the dark avenues that would've made the journey of Mercury's life worth the trip.

And here I was, thinking "Oh I'm sure Cohen wants it 'gritter' - this is the guy who thought 'Borat' was a good idea.  He makes a living being offensive.  He wants to make sure everybody knows how offensive he is.He's an attention whore.  He's like the kid in 3rd grade to ate his own boogers because it grossed the other kids out."  Cohen has absolutely no farking interest in Freddy Mercury's life story.  Radcliffe at least is trying to show everyone he's a good actor and a serious one, so he might try to do a good job of it.


Woosh
 
2013-09-22 02:03:25 PM

whyaduck: Ugh. I actually think Cohen would've been a better pick. If the rumors are true that May and Taylor are trying to Disneyfy Fred's life, that's rather sad.

It was the dark avenues that would've made the journey of Mercury's life worth the trip.


You're interested in the dark places Freddie explored?
 
2013-09-22 02:06:42 PM
Why couldn't they get Sacha Baron Cohen to play Sacha Baron Cohen?
Wait, you're saying they were both selected to play Freddie Mercury? So next week John Goodman then?
 
2013-09-22 02:07:16 PM

tomasso: Let's see. Who should I cast as the lead in The Dane Cook story? Will it be James Cromwell or Peter Dinklage?


Is that guy who played Corky on "Life Goes On" available?
 
2013-09-22 02:11:15 PM
I think this is great.  Radcliffe nailed the role of both Frodo and that cannibal in Sin City.  Just his dialogue in Sin City alone is worth twice the price of admission
 
2013-09-22 02:17:51 PM

Martonio: tomasso: Let's see. Who should I cast as the lead in The Dane Cook story? Will it be James Cromwell or Peter Dinklage?

Is that guy who played Corky on "Life Goes On" available?


Only if they call it "Dane Cook : A personal view of my ups and downs"
 
2013-09-22 02:17:59 PM

Martonio: tomasso: Let's see. Who should I cast as the lead in The Dane Cook story? Will it be James Cromwell or Peter Dinklage?

Is that guy who played Corky on "Life Goes On" available?


I just got off the phone with him. he said he's down for it.
 
2013-09-22 02:18:11 PM

Gunderson: I think this is great.  Radcliffe nailed the role of both Frodo and that cannibal in Sin City.  Just his dialogue in Sin City alone is worth twice the price of admission


He really saved that last Indiana Jones movie.  Bruce Willis is too old for that role.
 
2013-09-22 02:34:42 PM
What's the problem? Think about all those Harry Potter fans that will see it. Muchoso Profitus!
 
2013-09-22 02:40:26 PM
Call me when they finally get around to casting MIKA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEhutIEUq8k
 
2013-09-22 03:07:08 PM

GungFu: What's the problem? Think about all those Harry Potter fans that will see it. Muchoso Profitus!


See, this is what Radcliffe is trying to avoid.
 
2013-09-22 03:19:33 PM

King Something: //much the same way that it would be wrong to refer to someone whose last name is Saint James as "James" (unless his parents thought it would be a good idea to name their kid James St. James)


Well, he was born "James Clark" but he's been known as James St James for decades: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_St._James

Apparently, there's also a psychology professor who murdered his family who was actually born with that name,
 
2013-09-22 03:24:05 PM

GungFu: What's the problem? Think about all those Harry Potter fans that will see it. Muchoso Profitus!


The original Harry Potter fans are pushing 30. Think about that.
 
2013-09-22 03:34:06 PM
I like Mr. Potter, I really do but he seriously lacks the gravitas to play Freddie Mercury.
 
2013-09-22 03:34:49 PM

King Something: whyaduck: Ugh. I actually think Cohen would've been a better pick. If the rumors are true that May and Taylor are trying to Disneyfy Fred's life, that's rather sad.

It was the dark avenues that would've made the journey of Mercury's life worth the trip.

If those rumors are true, then it might explain why Baron Cohen decided to walk. Freddie Mercury's life wasn't exactly one of a G-rated nature.

/Sacha Baron Cohen does not have a middle name. His last name is "Baron Cohen," not "Cohen"
//much the same way that it would be wrong to refer to someone whose last name is Saint James as "James" (unless his parents thought it would be a good idea to name their kid James St. James)


Are you really trying to say that Sasha Noah Baron Cohen doesn't have a middle name? If that was true, I believe he would be the first Jewish person that I have heard of that didn't have a middle name.
 
2013-09-22 03:39:45 PM

runaway06: Are you really trying to say that Sasha Noah Baron Cohen doesn't have a middle name? If that was true, I believe he would be the first Jewish person that I have heard of that didn't have a middle name.


No, his point is that his last name is "Baron Cohen", not simply "Cohen".

Traditionally, in a case like this in the UK, a hyphen would be used to avoid the confusion. "Baron-Cohen" makes it clear that he has two last names.
 
2013-09-22 03:41:33 PM

thamike: Gunderson: I think this is great.  Radcliffe nailed the role of both Frodo and that cannibal in Sin City.  Just his dialogue in Sin City alone is worth twice the price of admission

He really saved that last Indiana Jones movie.  Bruce Willis is too old for that role.


i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-22 03:52:45 PM
This thread is serious lacking in the pictures-of-fat-bottom-girls department.
 
2013-09-22 04:09:28 PM
This is as bad as casting Mr. Mom as Batman.
 
2013-09-22 04:21:03 PM

Tom_Slick: I agree, but just maybe Radcliffe is capable of a balls out crazy role.  Trying to smash his type casting etc.


Yeah, he;s never done anything crazy...

www.celebrific.com
 
2013-09-22 04:29:04 PM
Nothing against Radcliffe, but Sacha Baron Cohen would have nailed that role.  Too bad the band seems to be threatened by being overshadowed by Mercury's life.  I understand they want it to be about the band, but honestly, no one cares about the band.  Even if people like the music, they don't need to see a movie about the making of the music.  People want to see drama and Mercury's life was about as drama-filled as you can get.  Perhaps Mercury's family can make a film about his life with SBC and just cut the band out.  /Yah I know they couldn't get the music rights then.
 
2013-09-22 04:32:36 PM

WippitGuud: Tom_Slick: I agree, but just maybe Radcliffe is capable of a balls out crazy role.  Trying to smash his type casting etc.

Yeah, he;s never done anything crazy...


Also balls out, apparently.
 
2013-09-22 04:57:17 PM

PillsHere: Nothing against Radcliffe, but Sacha Baron Cohen would have nailed that role. Too bad the band seems to be threatened by being overshadowed by Mercury's life. I understand they want it to be about the band, but honestly, no one cares about the band.


One of the subtexts here seems to be about Mercury's sexuality: Baron Cohen wanted it dealt with honestly, while the band have always shied away from it.  Brian May has been especially vocal with the notion that they "didn't know" what Freddie got up to in his own time, which is something pretty hard to believe.

I can see that the band also want their fare recognition for their contributions, but if you're going to make a Freddie biopic, it's going to center on him and not the band.  This becomes more difficult as Freddie wasn't the only song-writer in the band: they all wrote hits, and they all deserve some credit, which is a hard thing to do in a dramatic movie.
 
2013-09-22 05:01:00 PM

PillsHere: Nothing against Radcliffe, but Sacha Baron Cohen would have nailed that role.


I was really looking forward to that. He should go ahead and make a rockumentary with a Freddie-like front man.
 
2013-09-22 05:10:17 PM
Um, to those of you saying 'OMG RADCLIFFE WILL MAKE IT DISNEYFIED", please not that Radcliffe did do a production where he played the lead character in Equus.

Which is an INSANELY farked up play. Yeah, all the focus was on 'ZOMG HARRY POTTER NAKED', and they didn't really talk much about the play itself, but, uh:

Let me put it this way: Equus is a play that was written when the author read a newspaper blurb about how a young man blinded 7 horses with a metal spike, and tried to work out what might cause someone to *DO* something like that...
 
2013-09-22 05:15:46 PM
Fark it, get this guy. He looks and sounds almost exactly like Freddy
 
2013-09-22 05:20:10 PM
I have nothing against Daniel Radcliffe as an actor, but what's with casting a pasty white Brit to play a guy who was Parsi? It's literally white washing Freddie Mercury. They need to find someone who's at least somewhere in the same ethnic ballpark.
 
2013-09-22 05:29:11 PM

PillsHere: Nothing against Radcliffe, but Sacha Baron Cohen would have nailed that role.   Too bad the band seems to be threatened by being overshadowed by Mercury's life.  I understand they want it to be about the band, but honestly, no one cares about the band.  Even if people like the music, they don't need to see a movie about the making of the music.  People want to see drama and Mercury's life was about as drama-filled as you can get.  Perhaps Mercury's family can make a film about his life with SBC and just cut the band out.  /Yah I know they couldn't get the music rights then.


Roger Taylor wants Brad Pitt to play him and Brian May wants Johnny Depp or Hugh Jackman to play him.
 
2013-09-22 05:39:41 PM

tomasso: Let's see. Who should I cast as the lead in The Dane Cook story? Will it be James Cromwell or Peter Dinklage?


please.  Michael Cera was born to play that role.
 
2013-09-22 05:53:13 PM

Felgraf: Let me put it this way: Equus is a play that was written when the author read a newspaper blurb about how a young man blinded 7 horses with a metal spike, and tried to work out what might cause someone to *DO* something like that...


There's also the fact that while there are two main characters in the first act, the second is basically a monologue by the character Radcliffe played (with great acclaim).  It's a very hard play to do well, as there's no protection, no way another actor can cover for you.
 
2013-09-22 06:13:53 PM

Felgraf: Um, to those of you saying 'OMG RADCLIFFE WILL MAKE IT DISNEYFIED", please not that Radcliffe did do a production where he played the lead character in Equus.

Which is an INSANELY farked up play. Yeah, all the focus was on 'ZOMG HARRY POTTER NAKED', and they didn't really talk much about the play itself, but, uh:

Let me put it this way: Equus is a play that was written when the author read a newspaper blurb about how a young man blinded 7 horses with a metal spike, and tried to work out what might cause someone to *DO* something like that...


For me its not that Radcliff can't do messed up, its that Radcliff just doesn't have the stage presence. Freddie was some one who would light up a room or a stadium by just being there, SBC has shown he can do that and Radcliff hasen't.
 
2013-09-22 06:21:40 PM

sammyk: Way to fail, just kill the project already.

'Plus, he's closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who's much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.'

GFY, that is not a reason to hire an actor. Cohen would have crushed that role. Freddy Mercury was such a balls out full throttle personality it would take someone as crazy as Sasha Cohen to do the role any justice.


Freddie Mercury offstage was not a "balls out full throttle personality", actually. Cohen is too tall, too old, and frankly overrated,
 
2013-09-22 06:42:38 PM

RevMercutio: Freddie Mercury offstage was not a "balls out full throttle personality"


You really haven't heard any of the stories, have you?
 
2013-09-22 07:43:50 PM
Radcliffe got excellent reviews in Equus on Broadway and he was perfectly willing to show off his wand and snitches every night.
 
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