Brian May Says He Was Reluctant To Do ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Film

Queen’s Brian May revealed that he wasn’t eager to make the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie during a recent episode of ‘Queen The Greatest’ video series on YouTube.

In 2010, the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was announced with Sacha Baron Cohen in the role of Freddie Mercury. However, he left the project in 2013 due to creative differences and halted the filmmaking process before Rami Malek joined the cast in November 2016. The Filming was concluded in January 2018, and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was released towards the end of the year, becoming a major box office success.

In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Brian May was portrayed by Gwilym Lee, and he worked with the actor quite closely during the makings of the film. Moreover, May was also among the creative and musical consultants for the film. Although it received mixed views due to the editing and the portrayal of Mercury and other members’ lives, Malek’s performance and musical sequences were highly praised.

Back on March 19, 2021, to celebrate their Golden Jubilee, Queen took to their YouTube channel and began sharing an exclusive video series that would consist of 50 videos for 50 weeks. In the recently shared 48th episode of the series, Roger Taylor, Rami Malek, and Brian May revealed their thoughts on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ May admitted that they were actually reluctant to make the film.

Speaking about why they were reluctant about ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Brian May said that he believed it would be difficult to make a movie that would portray Freddie and his life correctly. He then stated that they later realized somebody else would come forward and make a movie about Freddie if they didn’t do it because it was often suggested to them, and they wouldn’t be able to protect the Queen frontman’s legacy.

In the video, Brian May said the following:

“We were a little reluctant in the beginning because it’s difficult to make a film that would do Freddie justice. And what happened over the years, because it was suggested to us a lot, was that we realized if we didn’t get involved, then somebody else would do it, and then we wouldn’t be able to protect Freddie’s legacy.”

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