Sacha Baron Cohen was supposed to play Freddie Mercury in an early version of the biopic and wanted it to be “outrageous” (Jeff Kravitz / Getty)

Sacha Baron Cohen’s original version of Bohemian Rhapsody would have been “very outrageous” with “endless nude scenes”, his former collaborator has revealed

A biography of the Queen frontman was first announced in 2010, with the Borat star originally intended to star before falling over creative differences

The early version of the film would have been titled Freddie Mercury and directed by Stephen Frears, who told Vulture, “Sacha wanted to make a very outrageous film, which I think Freddie Mercury would have approved

“Outrageous about his homosexuality and outrageous about endless nude scenes Sacha loved it all”

Bohemian Rhapsody made headlines again recently after Korean broadcaster SBS decided to blur its gay kisses because they were “too risky”

The broadcaster defended the decision, saying it was because the film was shown at 8:40 p.m. and was aimed at attracting family viewers, adding that the kissing scenes were “very long” and that it was also censoring straight kissing scenes had

Sacha Baron Cohen was supposed to play Freddie Mercury when the film was announced in 2010, but withdrew from the project in 2013

Regardless, Cohen has since done a number of award-winning projects, including the sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which was released in 2020

Queen drummer Roger Taylor told the Associated Press, “There’s been a lot of talk about Sacha and all that. It was never really about I don’t think he took it seriously enough – didn’t take Freddie seriously enough”

He added that Rami Malek, who landed in the lead role, was “incredibly talented” and “brought Freddie to a tee”

Rami Malek won an Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of the late singer

, among numerous other awards

The version that made it onto screens was hugely successful, receiving four Academy Awards, two BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, and one SAG award

However, the film came under fire because director Bryan Singer was fired from 20th Century Fox three weeks before the end of filming on multiple sexual assault allegations. His name was omitted from the awards shows and GLAAD withdrew the film’s nomination for “Outstanding.” Film “back

One actor told The Atlantic, “After the Harvey Weinstein news got out, everyone thought Bryan Singer would be next”

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Weltnachrichten – GB – Sacha Baron Cohen wanted his canned version of Bohemian Rhapsody to have an “outrageously” gay Freddie Mercury