Brian May Says Queen Considered To Cancel ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Queen lead guitarist Brian May was recently interviewed by BBC Radio and shared his thoughts about Queen’s biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ He also unveiled that initially, they were about to cancel the project due to some ongoing problems and explained how Queen members and the movie crew overcame them.
As you may remember, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ is a biographical drama which was written by Anthony McCarten and directed by Bryan Singer. It reflects Queen’s formation and their mainstream success era especially focuses on the band’s late frontman Freddie Mercury’s life and characteristics. The movie received positive reviews from fans and movie critics.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as lead guitarist Brian May, and Joseph Mazzello as bass guitarist John Deacon. In addition, Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor reflected their ideas about cast and screenplay as the consultants throughout the movie’s production process.
During his recent interview, May recalled the time while the surviving band members were working on the project. Brian stated that they worked on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for years to portray the true Queen and Freddie Mercury without overgeneralizing or overblowing. He admitted that they considered canceling the movie but they worked as a team and a family to overcome every problem because they wanted to share this biopic with Queen fans.
In May’s words, he said:
“Yes, it definitely has. There is a lot of truth in the film, we obviously didn’t make the film, we were like the encores of the film, but we spent years looking at scripts and trying to figure out how we would do Freddie justice without overblowing him and without the sort of fantasizing.
The boys who played us were incredible! Rami is outstanding and Gwilym Lee, who played me, even fooled my kids. When they saw it, they went: ‘You must have done the voice, dad!’ ‘No, he did that.’
They’ve become great friends. And Graham King, our producer, was outstandingly brave in steering the whole thing too. It was very difficult, there were all kinds of problems, including the director who went off the rails if you’d like.”
He added that:
“Yeah, it came close to not happening. It was called off at one point and then we managed to put it back on the rails. Everybody who had been effectively laid off came back and said, ‘We want to make this film, we love it and we believe in it.’
It was an amazing feeling of teamwork on that film, apart from the boys, the actors, the people you see. I think we owe a lot to the writers – Peter Morgan put the first draft, as known as the writer and producer of ‘The Crown,’ who is an amazing talent. He cracked, in my opinion, what the meaning of the film was. He said, ‘This film is about the family.
The group is like a family.’ The story is that Freddie is a member of that family who feels a little bit constrained by the family, he has to get out and prove himself, flexing his muscles. When he gets out, and has basically rejected his family, he finds he wants to get back in and doesn’t know how to get back in. Eventually, the family does come out. I think he’s right, and it’s beautiful.”
You can listen to the interview below.