Video essays presented by Nick Hodges of the acclaimed YouTube channel History Buffs don’t come often, but when they do, strap in and prepare to be entertained. That’s because quality takes time and Hodges has consistently been putting out some of the best cinema-related content on YouTube for years.
Hodges’ latest video tackles the truth and fiction behind the 2018 biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” If you know anything about the massive amount of drama that went on behind the scenes before production even began, then you know there’s LOTS to tell.
For full disclosure, I’m STILL bitter about how it all went down. Initially, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to the project. Not only would he have been turned into an absolute dead ringer for Freddie Mercury, but Cohen’s performative talents are among the finest in the industry.
Cohen wanted to tell the true story of Mercury and Queen–“warts and all,” as they say–but the band wanted none of it. Instead, the surviving members were only interested in protecting their legacy. Check out Cohen telling Howard Stern all about the drama in the embedded video below.
Knowing this, it’s easier to understand why there was inevitably going to be so many mistruths and inaccuracies found throughout “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Simply put, the powers that be didn’t want to tell the actual story. They wanted to tell a rather specific version of the story, one that unfortunately whitewashed all the nefariousness and drama.
But which details, exactly, were altered for the silver screen? We’ll let History Buffs tell the story, separating all the facts from fiction. Check out the featured video above and be sure to tune in Friday, Oct. 30 for Part 2 of the video.