Radcliffe Dismisses Freddie Mercury Talk

It took less than a day, but “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe has managed to shoot down the talk of him playing Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic about the former Queen frontman.

Speaking with Empire whilst doing “Kill Your Darlings” promotions, Radcliffe explained how the report got started, snowballed, and how he has no intention of being involved in the project:

“There is no truth to it at all. It’s one of those very, very funny things: it came out of a story in the Daily Star and then you see newspapers like The Guardian using The Star as their source, and it grows and grows [until] it’s ‘Dan Radcliffe is playing Freddie Mercury!’, which I was never going to do.”

“Everyone on the internet who I presume is saying I’m totally wrong for that part is correct. I AM completely wrong for that part!. If I’d seen a rumour about me playing Iggy Pop, I’d think, ‘Hey, I’d have a go at that – that’d be fun!’, but Freddie Mercury? No.

I don’t even know who the director is. They seem to be saying it’s Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper on the internet. This is the kind of thing that happens to me and it happens to Emma (Watson) with multiple 50 Shades Of Grey things. When somebody has column inches to fill, they just sub in one of our names.”