Sacha Baron Cohen sat down with Howard Stern to finally explain why he left the Freddie Mercury biopic - and his reasoning was precicely what many would have expected. In 2010, it was announced that Cohen would play the late Freddie Mercury in a new biopic about the singer's life, but he eventually left the project, because of creative differences with members of Queen. Apparently, the band nixed the idea of telling grittier stories in the hopes of protecting the band's legacy.

"A member of the band—I won't say who—said, 'You know, this is such a great movie because it's got such an amazing thing that happens in the middle of the movie.' And I go, 'What happens in the middle of the movie?' He goes, 'You know, Freddie dies.' ... I go, 'What happens in the second half of the movie?' He goes, 'We see how the band carries on from strength to strength.' I said, 'Listen, not one person is going to a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you carry on to see how the band carries on," Cohen detailed.

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