Brian May defends Bohemian Rhapsody, insists Freddie Mercury would've loved it
Brian May has continued to defend Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, insisting the Queen frontman would’ve been happy with the film.
While many fans loved the take on the late Freddie and Queen’s rise to fame in the 70s and 80s, others slated the depiction of Freddie’s HIV/Aids diagnosis and the movie’s timeline.
Still, the film went on to win myriad of awards during the 2019 season, with Rami Malek taking the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of beloved Freddie, who died in 1991.
Despite the backlash, guitarist Brian has stood by the project and insisted the film wasn’t intended to be a doco-style, factual take on the band’s meteoric fame and Freddie’s illness, defending its abandon of linear timelines.
‘We weren’t making a documentary. It wasn’t supposed to be “This happened, and then this happened”,’ he told Guitar World. ‘This was an attempt to get inside Freddie Mercury and portray his inner-life — his drive, his passion, his fears and weaknesses.
‘Also, we wanted to portray his relationship with us as a family, which was pretty much a part of what made him tick.
‘And I think Freddie would love it, because it’s a good, honest representation of him as a person.’
The performer is more than pleased with the positive response to the film, citing the fans who have returned to the cinema to see the film multiple times since its release seven months ago.
‘I mean, who could have predicted it? We thought it would do well with the fans, but we didn’t imagine how fully it’s been embraced,’ he continued.
‘People are going to see it five, six times. They’re singing along and crying. I met people in Asia who saw it 30 times. It’s extraordinary. We couldn’t be happier.’
Brian previously spoke about the film on its release and said at the time he knows Freddie would have been happy with the end result.
He continued: ‘Of course there’s all sorts of bumps and twists and turns, and doubts, and times when it felt like it was all going to fall to pieces, but that’s life.’
The film took the box office by storm when it came out in October, earning $903million (£709million) from ticket sales.
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