We all know well how much Hollywood loves to embellish a story, heat up passions, squeeze a tear out of the viewer and makes him feel the pleasure of romantic scenes. The tentacles of the Hollywood reached the story about the legendary Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury.
It would seem that the directors have great material that is just worth filming, hiring good actors, because the life of the musician was so bright that you don’t need to embellish anything. And yet, even there it was not without historical inaccuracies.
1. Freddie Left Queen To Have A Solo Career
In the movie, Mercury was shown a scoundrel who left the band and, according to Taylor he just killed Queen. In fact, all the band members decided to take a break in 1982 and began solo projects.
Mercury's first solo album, Mr. Bad Guy, was released in 1985. It was a whole four years after Roger Taylor's album, Fun in Space. Mercury's solo career was such a non-issue that Taylor and Brian May both performed on the hit Love Kills.
2. Mary Austin And Freddie Mercury Stayed Close
In the film, we were quite truthfully shown how Freddie broke up with Mary. However, he was not suffering because of the broken relationship for many years, the singer and the girl remained good friends.
The reason for the break was the betrayal of Mercury with men. Mercury left Austin a large share of his estate and London mansion. He also entrusted her with his ash, which was spread in a secret location.
3. Live Aid
In the film, the musicians say that they have not performed together for several years, so playing at such a big concert with a broadcast to the whole world will be suicide. First, the band’s creative pause lasted no more than a year. In 1984 the new album The Works was released.
Secondly, Live Aid took place on July 13, 1985, at that time the band had already had the tour with The Works, so they were quite ready for the performance.
4. Terrible Disease
Probably, to fit into the timing, the creators infected Mercury with AIDS around 1984. Friends supported the singer and helped him in every way. In fact, Freddie found out about the terrible diagnosis around 1987.
Roger Taylor said he and the rest of the band did not know about Freddie’s disease until 1989. Mercury didn't tell the rest of the world until 1991, a day before he passed away.
5. Freddie Mercury Was Friends With Queen Before Joining The Band
The unknown Farrokh Bulsara accidentally comes to the concert of the group and showed a desire to perform with them. Just before he joined the band, their vocalist declared that he decided to leave.
Farrokh Bulsara was a roommate of Timothy Staffel, the band's first vocalist. Moreover, for some time Bulsara, May and Staffel rented an apartment for three, so the first one was always aware of what was happening in the group and attended their concerts.
6. Freddie Mercury Met Mary Austin Thanks To Brian May
At the same fateful concert the future Freddie Mercury faces Mary Austin for the first time. She becomes his girlfriend, and they have a touching romantic relationship.
Freddie really had a relationship with Mary Austin, and he proposed to her. But before they met, she managed to be a girlfriend of May, and our hero even asked him the permission to date Mary.
7. Waiter Jim Hatton
The acquaintance of Mercury and Hatton took place not in the house of the singer. They accidentally met the club. Freddie offered Jim a drink, but he refused.
They met only after a year and a half and then began to date. In the movie, the musician with the persistence of a maniac was looking for Jim, but that was also a lie.
8. Manager Paul Prenter
Paul Prenter becomes one of Queen's managers. It is under his influence that Freddie begins his solo career. Prenter takes the poor man to Munich, does not allow anyone to approach him, and does not even say about Live Aid.
Paul Prenter really collaborated with Queen and badly influenced Freddie. But not only Mercury went to Munich. All the other musicians also were there.
9. The Idea Of The Song We Will Rock You
In the movie, Brian May comes up with a song in 1980, after which they show footage of Queen's performance at Madison Square Garden in New York. In fact, one of the main hits of the group appeared a few years before this performance.
In 1977 the song was recorded for the album News of the World. Then Freddie didn’t have a short haircut and a mustache.
10. Bohemian Rhapsody And EMI
In Bohemian Rhapsody, the head of the record company EMI does not share the enthusiasm of the group about the new song and does not intend to promote it on the radio. After that, the musicians give him an ultimatum and eventually leave the producer.
There were real problems with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, but Queen did not leave EMI and continued to cooperate with the company until 2010.
11. Taking A Break
Another important difference between reality and film is that Queen never fell apart as shown in Bohemian Rhapsody. In the film, Mercury signs a $4 M solo contract, without warning the group, which creates conflict.
Then the singer says that he needs a break from performing with the band. But in fact, Queen's enthusiasm for joint performances faded away by 1983, after 10 years of touring. The band members decided to pause and focus on solo careers.
12. John Deacon Wasn't In Queen During Their First Gig
In the film, the first gig of the band is shown quite realistically: Freddie Mercury's undeniable stage presence, Brian May's guitar work, and Roger Taylor's memorable songwriting.
However, one thing was not true. John Deacon was not in Queen at that moment. The group went through three other bass players before finding Deacon who wrote songs including You're My Best Friend and Another One Bites The Dust.
13. Ray Foster Was Made Up
The film also has the character Ray Foster, the manager of EMI, who abandoned the Bohemian Rhapsody because it was too long. Foster asks the band to write more commercially attractive music.
In reality, there is no evidence that Ray Foster existed at all. The character might have been inspired by the personality of EMI head Roy Featherstone, but unlike Foster in the film, Featherstone was a big fan of Queen.
14. Freddy And Phonogram
When Queen is invited to perform at Top of the Pops, it turns out that Freddie has to sing to a soundtrack. He does not want to do this, however, then he still agrees.
In fact, Freddie really sang to the soundtrack. Not only at this event, but even at big concerts, for which he was criticized. He explained that he was diagnosed with laryngitis, and the doctor forbade straining of the ligaments.
15. Freddie And The Boys
In Bohemian Rhapsody, after a very sad break up with Mary Austin, Freddie started to date boys of different ages and appearances.
In reality, Freddie was a hedonist until the end of his life, did not prefer the same sex. He had relationships with both men and women. He did not call himself gay or bisexual, he just did what he liked.