Harry Potter actor won't star in Freddie Mercury biopic ... whew
Daniel Radcliffe can play the hell out of a boy wizard, but tackling the role of Queen's Freddie Mercury, the greatest frontman of generation? It'd take more than a Confundo curse to make that work out. So Radcliffe is now on record saying he doesn't want the part.
"Everyone on the internet who I presume is saying I'm totally wrong for that part is correct. I am completely wrong for that part!" Radcliffe told the Guardian. "If I'd seen a rumour about me playing Iggy Pop, I'd think, 'Hey, I'd have a go at that - that'd be fun!', but Freddie Mercury? No."
I can't imagine Radcliffe having enough chest hair to pull the part anyway.
Sacha Baron Cohen had originally been at the front of the line to play the late singer, who died in 1991 from complications from AIDS. The film, which is being produced with the cooperation of the remaining members of the band, is being written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon). Rumor has it that Cohen dropped out when he realized the movie was intended to be more "family friendly" and would omit some of the racier aspects of Mercury's early life and career.
Why was Radcliffe considered for the role anyway?
"Despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year’s movie Kill Your Darlings," a sourse told the London Daily Star. "Plus, he’s closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who’s much taller. Daniel can really sing, too."