During his Late Night appearence with Stephen Colbert last night, October 31st, Mike Myers revealed that he couldn’t contain himself when he found out that he got a chance to play in the upcoming film, Bohemian Rhapsody, regarding legendary stadium rock band, Queen.
The 55-year-old actor sat down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show dressed as Major Carlyle, the character he loves from the WWII classic, A Bridge Too Far. Carlyle carried an umbrella with him everywhere he went.
On the show, Mike spoke about his Liverpudlian parents, as well as his love for The Beatles and Queen. When executives asked him to play a role as a recording executive in the biopic, he jumped out of his seat and couldn’t wait to take it on.
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According to Mike, agents called him and asked if he would want to play the recording executive who tells Queen that they can’t have “Bohemian Rhapsody” on their record.
They wanted to make sure that Mike would be interested in taking the part, so they then offered the script, but Myers was eager to play the role regardless of the lines.
Not everyone was thrilled with the production, however. Sacha Baron Cohen, for instance, left the Queen biopic due to creative differences with the band on which the film is based.
When Sasha sat down with Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show, he revealed that he wanted the film to revolve, fundamentally, around Freddie Mercury and the drama surrounding his life.
Part of Queen’s legacy is rooted in Freddie, who was a gay man in the 1980’s, a point at which gay rights were yet to be established as they are today. Unfortunately, Freddie succumbed to AIDS and Queen had to find a new member.
Cohen explained that it would’ve been best to end the film when Freddie died. But the remaining members wanted the movie to be more about how the band persevered over the years following his death.
While their perseverance and commitment to music is reputable, the magical – and perhaps more entertaining – part of the story concerns Freddie and his death.
Cohen noted that he understood why the remaining members would want a movie based on the continuation of the band, however, a better, more dramatic film, would end with the death of Mercury.