Sacha Baron Cohen drops out of Freddie Mercury role 

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  • Actor Sacha Baron Cohen in the audience at the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mel Brooks at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Special Broadcast will air Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT on TNT and Wednesday, July 24 on TCM as part of an All-Night Tribute to Brooks.
Sacha Baron Cohen has had enough with dealing with surviving members of Queen and says he’s dropped out of the biopic based on the band.

Cohen was set to play Freddie Mercury but was understandably bummed that the powers that be wanted to make a PG movie out of what can only be described as a flamboyant, R-rated life.

The movie wasn’t going to be “gritty” enough for Cohen, who looks so much like Mercury that folks are now wondering who in the world can replace him, according to Deadline. Judging by the horrid, shirtless selfie broadcast by Geraldo Rivera this week, the TV pundit need only install a bit of an overbite to fit the bill. Just an idea.

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