Queen guitarist Brian May says he was surprised by the behemoth success of the band’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
“I mean, who could have predicted it?” May said in an interview with Guitar World. “We thought it would do well with the fans, but we didn’t imagine how fully it’s been embraced.”
“People are going to see it five, six times. They’re singing along and crying. I met people in Asia who saw it 30 times,” he added. “It’s extraordinary. We couldn’t be happier.”
Bohemian Rhapsody became a giant hit at the box office and is now the most successful music biopic of all time, earning worldwide box office receipts of over $900 million and winning four Academy Awards, including best actor for Rami Malek, who portrayed frontman Freddie Mercury.
The movie still received some criticism for not telling the story of the band in chronological order.
Responding to the complaint, May said, “We weren’t making a documentary. It wasn’t supposed to be ‘This happened, and then this happened.’ This was an attempt to get inside Freddie Mercury and portray his inner-life — his drive, his passion, his fears and weaknesses.”
“Also, we wanted to portray his relationship with us as a family, which was pretty much a part of what made him tick,” he added. “And I think Freddie would love it, because it’s a good, honest representation of him as a person.”
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