Borat star has bowed out of forthcoming biopic over creative differences with Queen singer’s former bandmates, reports say
Sacha Baron Cohen has quit a high-profile forthcoming biopic of Freddie Mercury after “creative differences” with the singer’s band, Queen, reports Deadline.
The Borat star apparently walked after his vision of a racy treatment depicting Mercury’s famously salacious lifestyle was at odds with the more family-friendly approach desired by the singer’s erstwhile bandmates. Cohen, who was due to play the flamboyant singer in a rare dramatic role, had brought in Peter Morgan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Queen, to work on the script and lined up film-makers of the calibre of David Fincher or The King’s Speech‘s Tom Hooper to potentially direct.
The film – which is based on the life story of one of the most iconic singers of the 20th century, and with an awards season-friendly team in the background – had all the ingredients of a strong contender for Oscars glory. Gay themes have never been more popular with film-makers at a time when the campaign to recognise same-sex marriage is making progress in the western world. Sean Penn won the best actor prize in 2009 for his portrayal of the slain gay politician Harvey Milk, and Michael Douglas would have been a likely contender for next year’s awards had Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, not fallen foul of Oscars rules by screening on TV first in the US.
Cohen also bears a strong resemblance to Mercury, who died of Aids-related illness in 1991, although at 6ft 3in, the British actor is a good six inches taller than the Zanzibar-born singer.
The Mercury biopic will go ahead with another actor. Its producers include Graham King and Robert De Niro.
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‘This is how he gets us killed’: American Jews and allies horrified after Trump blurts out anti-Semitic trope
President Donald Trump blurted out another anti-Semitic trope during his brief press availability Tuesday in the Oval Office.
Trump has been having a kind of holy war with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), two of just three Muslim officials in Congress. When speaking to the press Tuesday, he claimed that Jews have no business supporting Democrats because they're anti-Semitic. But then he took it a step further.
After getting caught having sex with former congregants, Franklin Graham’s nephew launches new church based on ‘redemption’
Tullian Tchividjian insists that when he had extra-marital affairs with congregants at his former church, they were "consensual" and not an abuse of power. Nevertheless, he's getting a second shot with the upcoming launch of his new church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, The Christian Post reports.
“I don’t care what role a person has, a consensual relationship between two adults is not abuse. And some of these people will try to make the case that, ‘Well, because you’re in a position of authority, it is abuse,’” Tchividjian, who is the nephew of evangelical figurehead Franklin Graham and the grandson of famed evangelist Billy Graham, told the Palm Beach Post this weekend. “And I’ll go, ‘OK I can see how that has been and can be used by people in those positions.’ ... [But] that just was not true for me. I was not abusing my authoritative role to try and find women.”
Trump: ‘Any Jewish people’ who vote for Democrats have ‘a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty’
President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused the majority of Jewish American voters of having "a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty" because they support Democrats.
While discussing Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) during a talk with reporters, the president said he couldn't imagine any Jewish American voting for the Democrats due to the congresswomen's comments about Israel.
"I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," Trump said.