The PG-13 Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was premiered on Thursday night. Some people are dissatisfied with how Freddie Mercury, the band’s bisexual frontman, is being depicted.
Vulture reported that Director Stephen Frears, who was attached to an early incarnation of the project, would have had more gay sex in his version of the movie.
Simply titled “Freddie Mercury,” Stephen Frears was just one of several directors hired to direct an earlier iteration of the Queen biopic. The film was set to star controversial comedy provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen.
“Sacha wanted to make a very outrageous film, which I would imagine Freddie Mercury would have approved of,” Frears told Vulture. “Outrageous in terms of his homosexuality and outrageous in terms of endless naked scenes. Sacha loved all of that.”
Pinknews reported the director “drifted away” from the project after Cohen’s departure; due to Cohen’s script disputes with current Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, who “wanted a certain amount of caution” to preserve Mercury’s public image.
Pride reported that when the first trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody” was dropped in May, many people were left wondering if his life was going to be entirely straight-washed from the film.
"Anyone else mildly annoyed that the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer features gay/bi superstar Freddie Mercury flirting with and twirling with a woman but no indication of his love of men?” tweeted openly gay TV director Bryan Fuller.
Pinknews reported the film’s eventual star, Rami Malek, said there were “conversations left and right” about how to further include Mercury’s “beautiful relationship with Jim Hutton,” whose wedding band the singer died wearing.
“It was something I pushed for, to be quite honest, as much as possible and repeatedly brought to the attention of producers and directors and everyone who would listen,” Malek said. “I hope people do not feel that the film does a disservice to the community, and if it were me, I would’ve loved to have incorporated more.”