Bohemian Rhapsody

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Yeah. Today's episode of based on a true story. We're going to compare history with the two thousand eighteen film bohemian rhapsody written by darkest hours writer, Anthony mccartan and directed by Valkyries director, Bryan singer bohemian rhapsody was mired in controversy before it was even released at the end of last year. But not for the reason, you might think it started in December of two thousand seventeen while the film had only three weeks of filming left. That's when reports arose from set that the movie's director Bryan singer was feuding with other members of the crew and would regularly disappear from the production for days on end. He was fired by Twentieth Century, Fox, the same months the report came out. But not for the reason, you might think three days after it was out that singer was fired by FOX a man named Cesar Sanchez. Guzman came forward with Alec. Nations that singer had raped him back in two thousand three when Sanchez. Guzman was just seventeen years old the next day deadline Hollywood released an interview with singers boyfriend Brett Tyler SCO pack in the interview SCO pick explained what it was like to come to Hollywood at eighteen years old hook up with singer by chance and begin a life with the popular director to sum it up. It was plenty of sex drugs and more drugs and sex alcohol, and as the article explains, quote an ever revolving cast of multiple participants and quote. With the light cast on singer Twentieth Century, Fox claimed they didn't know any of this. They had after all fired him before any of it was reported. So maybe it was for the reasons that we think multiple sources at FOX claimed they didn't know anything about the allegations that they had simply fired him for the feuding and disappearing from set interestingly, it was in two thousand ten when Sasha baron Cohen was one of the few different actors in talks to play the lead role in bohemian rhapsody. But then amid a flurry of reports about creative differences, some believe the reason he wasn't attached to the film had to do with it not being realistic enough for him that was dispelled after bohemian rhapsody is released by the movie producer. But it still didn't stop the rumors in one interview Cohen said about Freddie, mercury's story that quote, the guy was wild. There are stories of little people with plates of cocaine on their heads walking around a party and quote. But you'll see none of that in bohemian rhapsody and in the end Ramey. Malik was cast in a lead role. That was a decision that obviously turned out well for the film itself, but it didn't change what many reviewers believed to be feel good film that stays very surface level when it comes to historical accuracy. I'm Dan lab. And this is based on a true story. Before starting our story today. There's two things we need to do first. Let's set up our game to Trues ally. If you're new to the show, here's how it works. I'm about to say three things two of them are true. Which means one of them is a lie. Are you ready? Okay. Here. They are number one, Freddie. Mercury was not his birth name number two, Freddie. Mercury. Never married. Mary. Austin number three queens Live Aid, performance was Freddie's. I after being diagnosed with aids got him. Okay. Now as you're listening to our story today, you'll find the two facts scattered throughout the episode and then by a simple process of elimination. You'll be able to find out which one is lot. And of course, we'll do a recap at the end of the episode to see how will you did the last thing to do before getting to the meat of our story today is to find out what will be covering next week over on the producers feed, and let me look at my calendar here it looks like on Monday the age. Eighteenth. We'll be covering Kong skull island. That'll be fun to learn more about some of the nuggets of truth that helped make that fictional story. Like king hongs seem just a little bit more real. So you'll get that on the producers feet next week. If you aren't on the producers feed, you can get access to that by supporting the show over at based on a true story podcast dot com slash support. Once again, that's based on a true story podcast dot com slash support. For today, though. Let's learn about the story of Freddie, Mercury that we saw in bohemian rhapsody. Movies begin with a bit of an opener. That's not key to the story quite yet. And today story is one of those for a brief moment, we see Remy mallets version of Freddie, Mercury as he's preparing for the Live Aid concert in the year nineteen eighty five, but this is a brief glimpse into what's to come. So the movie doesn't give us much here. And since we'll chat more about this later on when the movie gives us more detail, we won't dwell on the Live Aid show too much other than to mention that as you can probably guess it did happen, and it took place on July thirteenth nineteen eighty-five. After this back in the movie were sent to the year, nineteen seventy we see Malik version of Freddie as he's working as a baggage handler at an airport. One of the handlers tries to be degrading to him when he calls, Freddie, a quote Paki, and quote, but Freddie's quick to point out that he's not Pakistani then we cut back to Freddie's house where we see his mom dad and sister, although we also. Out that Freddie's not his real name. It's for Ruch. And even though we don't learn this until a couple minutes later in the movie, we also find out that his family's last name isn't mercury but Bill Sahra. These are all true. There's a lot more to the story here that the movie doesn't mention for ball sorrow was born on September fifth nineteen forty six in a place called stone town, that's the capital of Zanzibar. You're not sure where that is. That's a little island off the east coast of Tanzania in Africa. That's technically part of Tanzania, but it's also somewhat autonomous at the time. When for Ruch was born there Zanzibar was a protectorate of the British empire that ended when the sultanate did in nineteen sixty four but more on that in a bit although left Zanzibar for time before that while his family remained. He was sent to Bombay to go to boarding school. That was in nineteen fifty four one Faruk was eight years old there were two schools. He went to Bombay one called Saint Peter's and another called Saint Mary's. These were very formative years for for Ruch being a British influence school. Some of the other students had trouble pronouncing his name. So that's why he started going by the dick name, Freddie. Eventually, of course, it would become more than just a nickname. He also started listening to a lot of western pop music and even formed a band at the school by the time nineteen sixty three rolled around. Freddie had finished school in return to his parents home in of our. But then there was a massive revolution to overthrow the Sultan of Zanzibar. It was a fight that saw thousands of civilians caught in the bloodshed between the revolutionaries in the sultan's troops fearing for their lives. The ball Sarah family managed to escape scenes of our and moved to the city of Feltham in Middlesex England, once they're FREDDY went back to school, not a boarding school this time, but to ISO worth poly Technic in west London, where he studied art after that he went to a further education institute called healing art college. That's also in London while he was there. He continued studying graphic design and art he gr-. Graduated from ailing nineteen sixty nine. So it was after all of this at the movie never shows where we're finally caught back up with the movies timeline. That's because soon after graduating ailing, Freddie, did the same thing a lot of recent graduates. Do he found whatever job he could? Well, he tried to find something a little more in line with his artistic skills and that job he found was as the movie shows as a baggage handler at London's Heathrow airport. No, that's not quite the first job that he found after college. But we'll get a little more to that later. In fact, as a fun little side note, it was on September fifth two thousand eighteen that British Airways put on a tribute to the one time. Baggage handler turned superstar a bunch of the baggage handlers, they're teamed up to perform Queen songs in the hallways of the airport on what would have been Freddie's seventy second birthday on include some links to where you can see videos of that online in the show notes or you can just do a search for Heathrow airport in Freddie, Mercury to find him. Let's head back to the movie now because after seeing a glimpse of Freddie before his time in a band. We see remix version of Freddie, Mercury heading to a bar when evening to find a band playing called smile. He's intrigued and after the show he meets up with the band by their van out behind the building to give them a song that he wrote. He just thought it was a bit of fun. But the other band members, Brian May and Roger Taylor shrug it off. Brian May is played by grim Lee. And. Roger Taylor's portrayed onscreen by Ben hardy, by the way, they tell him. He's about five minutes too late the lead singer just quit then FREDDY says well, what about me? Now, Brian in Roger laugh, not what those teeth mate, you can tell from rainy Malik subtle acting that that was a low blow. He seems conscientious about them. But he overcomes that quickly and explains he was born with four extra incisors, then after a brief moment where he almost walks away. Freddie comes back to sing a bit of a song into mazing. The band is blown away. That's not how it happened at all. In fact, it was quite different than that. You see even though the movie makes it seem like, Freddie was a baggage handler who just happened upon the band smile at just exactly the right moment when their lead singer quit the truth. Is that Freddie knew the members of smile long before he joined the band, not only that. But even though Freddie did get a job as a baggage handler soon after he graduated from college he also joined the band that band was called evicts, but soon they renamed themselves to wreckage as you can probably tell they didn't go very far. So he formed a new band with some different members this time their name was sour milk sea. And sent you probably haven't heard of that band. You can guess they didn't go anywhere either. Even though the movie doesn't really meant. In his name, the lead singer for the band smile was a man by the name of Tim Staffel. He's played by Jack. Roth and in the movie, he's the one that we find out quit the band, just five minutes or so before Freddie walks up to the rest of the man in truth. Tim, Freddie, both went to healing college where they studied graphic design together. So Freddie enjoyed his friend Tim's band and through going to quite a few of their performances was introduced to the rest of the band members from their mutual acquaintance. Tim Staffel that was before the movie's timeline though, because smile was formed in nineteen sixty eight and for a while after graduating as we learned, Freddie, tried a few of his own bands. That didn't really go anywhere then as nineteen seventy rolled around. Tim decided to leave smile to pursue a different style of music. He was more interested in jazz, blues and other types of music allowed for a bit more improv up on stage and since Freddie's latest project. Sour milk sea, wasn't working out team invited Freddie to replace him in the band the. Band members Brian May and Roger Taylor agreed to the swap and in April of nineteen seventy the band smile had a new lead singer. Oh, and s for the mention in the movie about four additional incisors, though that is right, Freddie. Mercury did actually have for extra incisors as you can probably imagine for a teenager during his days at the boarding schools in India. We can only assume there was plenty of mocking that occurred because of this affair over bite the extra teeth caused so in his early years, Freddie, than so going by the name for Ruch was very self conscious about his teeth and not to get to far ahead of our story. But even after Freddie became a worldwide superstar that self consciousness about his teeth was still there. But even with plenty of money to do something about it, Freddie, refuse to get any work done because he was afraid if you did that the process might mess up voice. Back in the movie, we see some taxed on screen telling us that it's one year later, so sometime in nineteen seventy one if you're like me, it was around this point in the film that you really start to realize the movie is moving really fast. And that what I mean is that it shows a lot of different things happening. But it doesn't go into much death into any of them almost as if it's trying to do a montage that lasts for most of the movie we see the band sell their van to record an album, then in the next scene. We see Freddie, lying on a bed with Mary Austin. We'll have to assume this is Freddie department or maybe Mary's or is it both of theirs. Who knows but we can see in a notebook next to Freddie, there's a logo for Queen Mary mentioned something about how the ban has changed its name to Queen to which Freddie replies. With a smile as in her Royal majesty then without any further explanation. The movie speeds, right along to what could be a major plot point in any other movie to find out that Freddie has changed his surname from ball Sarra to mercury. Even that as mentioned very casually during the conversation between Freddie and his father. Well, all those things are true. The quick pace of the movie. Here keeps us from learning that there's more to the story on almost every one of those pop points. Of course, we don't have nearly the amount of time that the movie did either. So it's not like we're going to be able to get into too much depth ourselves. But if you ever want to go into so much more depth than we ever could here on the podcast, go check out the two thousand twelve biography called mercury an intimate biography of Freddie, by Leslie, Ann Jones with that said, let's start with Mary Austin, who's played by Lucy Boynton in the film who was married, and what sort of relationship was the movie implying by showing her with, Freddie, in other words, whose apartment was it. Well, for lack of a better way to put it Mary and FREDDY were best friends they were more than that though. They were lovers. They were for all intents and purposes everything but legally married, in fact in Leslie, Ann Jones, great biography. There's a quote from Freddie, where he explains the relationship as he put it quote, all my lovers. Asked me why they couldn't replace Mary. But it's simply impossible, the only friend. I've got is Mary, and I don't want anybody else to me. She was my common law wife to me. It was a marriage and quote. Mary Austin met, Freddie in the year before the movies time line begins in nineteen sixty nine. At the time. He was twenty four while she was nineteen. If you recall, this was before, Freddie took over as the lead singer for smile. It's also before he worked at Heathrow as a baggage handler, that's when sandwiched just after graduating from college and before working at Heathrow that Ferdie worked at a small close shop in Kensington Mary on the other hand worked at a nearby much higher end clothing store in London. Even though Freddie wasn't in the band with Brian May yet if you recall, he knew them before the movie's timeline of nineteen seventy so it was in nineteen sixty nine that, Freddie, and Brian would wander down to the high end clothing store will Mary worked to check out the pretty girls who work there as the months passed, Freddie, took a liking to Mary and before long he asked her out. They quickly grew from acquaintances to friends to dating two best friends to lovers living together, although not necessarily in that order. And so when the movie shows, Freddie, lying on the bed with Mary right there. What it's showing is the time that Freddie, and Mary live together in a small apartment. Although it's worth pointing out that the movies timeline is a bit off here when it comes to Freddie, proposing to Mary, we see this happen when Freddie gives Mary a box. She's a bit confused and inside she finds a ring. What hand should I put it on Mary asks your left, Freddie replies? I'm asking you to marry me. Well, it is true. That Mary was surprised by Freddie's proposal like this. It happened years after the movie makes it seem granted the movie doesn't show us. What year this is? But we are just finding out about the band changing its name to Queen in truth. Freddie proposed to marry on Christmas day of nineteen Seventy-three. And speaking of the band name that leads us to the next point the movie, very briefly mentions, we see lying next to Freddie on the bed is a notebook with the word Queen on it. That's when we hear Mary ask if they've changed the name. The band. We don't really know exact dates, but it was soon after joining smile as the new lead singer that Freddie came up with a new band name. We also really don't know the specifics behind how he came up with the name or why he came up with it or all of those other sort of questions that never really get documented in history. What we do know though, is something Freddie, himself said about the inception of the name quote years ago. I thought up the name Queen. It's just a name, but it's very regal, obviously. And it sounds splendid. It's a strong name very universal in immediate. It had a lot of visual potential was open to all sorts of interpretations. I was certainly aware of gay connotations, but that was just one facet of it. And quote. It sounds like Freddie's artistic background may have played a big part in the name a name that sounds majestic and is open to plenty of artistic freedom at the same time. And then there's the point in the film about Freddie's changing his last name to mercury the movie makes it really a quick mention of this. But in all fairness, perhaps one reason why it glosses over this is because we just don't know a lot about Freddie's reasons for wanting to change his last name, but that hasn't stopped plenty of Freddie's fans from speculating on the reasons over the years, probably the simplest idea is that Freddie thought that like changing his name from for Ruch to Freddie that both Sarah would be a tough last name for an English audience. Another hypothesis is that perhaps it had more to do with the band's name you see as an artist. It was Freddie himself who designed the Queen logo. If you've seen it. You'll know it looks a lot like a coat of arms while that's not by accident. Also contains the zodiac signs for each. Each band member on either side of a stylized Q. There are two lions for the zodiac sign Leo, which represents drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John deacon then on top of the queue. There's a crab which is zodiac sign for cancer for Brian May last, but certainly not least there are two fairies sitting beneath a lions on either side of the queue those represent Virgo for Freddie, Mercury himself. So with all of that in mind, there are plenty of Queen fans who believe Freddie's last name was to stay in line with zodiac theme. But then others disagree with that pointing out that mercury isn't as odious sign. It's a planet. Granted there's a lot of overlap with the planets and zodiac. But there in lies the debate another potential hypothesis for where Freddie came up with the name comes from a song. He wrote called my fairy king that's one of the songs from queens debut album. And in the out tra- of the song there's lyric that says oh mother mercury. Look. Look at what they've done to me years later. Queen's guitarist, Brian May suggested that Freddie claim this line was about his mother so fans have guessed that this was part of why Freddie changed his last name to mercury and it makes sense. But in the end, we just don't know for sure where Freddie came up with his new surname, but we do know that by the time nineteen seventy-one rolled around the band's name had changed from smile to Queen Freddie's. Name had changed from ball Sarah to mercury and Queen ended a new member basis. John deacon to round out the group. He's played by Joe Mozelle in the movie speaking of which let's head back to the movies time line. Now, the next major plot point happens when we see Queen start to record an album for the first time, according to the movie, they don't have the money to pay for studio time, though. And at Freddie suggestion. The band sells their touring van to pay for it. That's not really what happened the movie here. Is really just trying to get across the point that when they first started out the band members were broke, and that part of it is true for the first few years Queen was doing a lot of touring as they tried to make a living as a band anyone who has tried to do that knows how difficult it is. And in that way, it was no different for Queen in the early seventies. So while there's nothing I could find that says they sold their van to pay for studio time life on the road was tough. But they were grinding it out trying to make a name for themselves in nineteen seventy Queen played their first twelve live gigs. Although for some of them, they probably still use the name smile as they were making the transition then in nineteen seventy one they recorded their first demo it included four songs liar. Keep yourself alive. The night comes down and Jesus but things didn't hit it off. Like the movie makes it seem the record companies weren't interested in their demo. So. So the grind continued Queen play twenty gigs in nineteen seventy one and only five in nineteen seventy two including one at Bedford College London on January twenty eighth that only had six people in attendance. Of course, you're probably wondering why they only played five shows all year nineteen seventy-two. That's because it wasn't nineteen seventy two when Queen got their first record deal they signed with Trident studios, and as a part of their deal there were given the chance to use some world class recording facilities just in the off hours. So during the day, the likes of the Beatles and Elton John might be recording in the studio and then at night Queen would have their chance to use the space the recording process lasted from June until November of nineteen seventy two and the resulting album was released on July thirteenth nineteen Seventy-three simply called Queen the album consisted of ten tracks after its release the album didn't do very well. In fact, it wasn't until Queen released their second album the next year and after even more fierce touring that their first album made it to number thirty two on the UK charts in nineteen seventy four even then the numbers for queens. Early albums were disappointing. A big reason why their early albums didn't do too. Well, right away was well, no one knew who Queen was yet. But that's something they intended to and would change back in the movie, we see Queen recording another album this time, they're in what looks like a farmhouse or a born of some sort. It's here that we see them. Recording to epic song that the movie is named after bohemian rhapsody. Then back at the record label. Mike Meyers character Ray foster says, there's no way the song will be a hit or as he says in the film. I'm not arguing the musicianship. But there's no way the station will play a six minute quasi operatic. Dirge comprised of nonsense words, that's not really what happened for one. The farmhouse. We see in the movie is known as rock field studios. That's where the song bohemian rhapsody was recorded. And while it is true that it was a former farmhouse converted to a recording studio at the time. It was and still is to this day considered a high end recording studio as for the EMI record chief that we see Mike Myers playing in the film. He's a completely fictional character. Of course, EMI really was the name of queen's record label, but Ray foster wasn't real. Instead the person he's probably most based on would be the real EMI chief, ROY Featherstone. And even though ROY was skeptical of bohemian rhapsodies length after all not many radio. Friendly songs are six minutes. Long, but ROY was a huge fan of Queen Anne, obviously despite its length bohemian rhapsody did turn out to be pretty popular after all how to keep up with time line. This would have been in nineteen seventy five bohemian rhapsody was a track on queens album a night at the opera which was recorded between June and November of nineteen seventy five and released on November twenty first of that same year, the movie makes it seem like, Freddie just comes up with that name for the album while in ROY Foster's office. But in truth the name was from film by the Marx brothers. The band watched it at one point while they were recording the album like the name and the rest is history back in the movie. Thanks in no, small part to night at the opera Queen is starting to establish themselves. Superstars, we see names of cities. They're touring London. New York City Perth Santa Monica Rio at one point while they're out in the road. Freddie calls Mary. They have a short conversation. And Freddie asks Mary to put one of his cats on the phone. So he can tell them how much he misses them. After this Mary asks, do you miss me too? Of course, I do comes the reply. It's not so convincing. Mary says I love you a brief pause then good night. That's a fictional conversation. But it does point out a few real facts for one. It is true that Freddie would call home while he was on or just to talk to his cats. He loved cats in the next scene in the movie, though, Freddie's back home with Mary, you can tell something's up. It's time for a tough conversation. Finally, Freddie admits to Mary, I think I'm bisexual Mary replies. Freddie. You're gay. There are tears and Mary starts to take her ring off, Freddie stops her though, keep it. He says we still believe in each other. Even though the phone conversation was a fictional one. To make a point this conversation was a lot more real perhaps not word for word. But that's to be expected in any movie still it's pretty close. If you remember Freddie proposed to marry back in nineteen seventy three. But then as queens fame began to grow the topic of marriage became less and less common over time. One thing started to. Become painfully obvious to her or maybe always was and they simply chose to ignore it because of her love for Freddie and vice versa. But it wasn't all in a single conversation. Like, the movie shows at one point Mary decided to have a heart to heart with, Freddie, she recalled in an interview with ok magazine that she felt quote, something is going on and quote, and she felt the need to give him some space despite phrase insistence that everything was the same as it had always been Mary notice that Freddie started distancing himself from her. After that for months on end. Mary thought Freddie was having an affair. He was out late nights and wasn't interested in her anymore. Then it was in nineteen seventy six when the conversation. We saw the movie took place Mary Austin explained what happened in a different interview with the Daily Mail saying, quote, I'm never forget that moment then she admitted quote being a bit naive. It had taken me a while to realize the truth. Afterwards. He felt good about finally having told me he was by sexual. Although I do remember saying to him at the time. No, freddie. I don't think you are by sexual. I think you're gay and quote. After this conversation is went just like the movie shows Mary moved out. She didn't move far though. The movie is correct. And showing that Mary's apartment was still close by to phrase place. Despite no longer being in a physical relationship, Mary and FREDDY were still very close. Back in the movie, we see Freddie, throwing a big party the band is there at first and for a while we see the milling around feel closely you'll find a couple glasses of hard liquor among party goers. But for the most part seems like champagne is the drink of choice before long, though, the band gets fed up with Freddie's behavior, and they leave then as Ramey Malik version of, Freddie. Mercury exclaims to the crowd. It's time to get good faced in the introduction to this episode. We learn what Sasha baron Cohen said about how crazy Freddie's parties were and how they were rumors. He turned down the road because the movie glossed over that a lot even though the film's producer Graham, king explained that Cohen wasn't ever attached to the lead role. They're still the aspects of the parties and in that regard. It is true. That Freddie, Mercury had some wild ones, sir. Elton John something's up once by commenting, quote, Freddie. Mercury could out party me, which is saying something and quote. But even though Freddie Mercury may have been heavily involved in the party's. He wasn't alone. He see the entire band also seemed to like the rock and roll lifestyle parties. So they probably wouldn't have been so quick to leave the party like the movie shows and truth Queen was known throughout the music industry for throwing some of the most outrageous events, for example, on Freddie's forty first birthday, he celebrated with over three hundred and fifty bottles of champagne for his seven hundred party guests and firework display that people reportedly saw over a hundred miles away. That's roughly a hundred sixty kilometers, by the way. Probably the most outrageous of those parties took place at the Fairmont hotel in New Orleans in nineteen seventy eight that's the one actor Sasha baron. Cohen was referring to in the quote, we mentioned in the intro to this episode as the story goes that party included, naked waiters and waitresses nude models. Wrestling in bath little people walking around with trays of cocaine strapped to their heads. And even an entertainer biting off the heads of live chickens. So I think it's safe to say that Queen lived the rock and roll lifestyle, you know, the whole sex drugs and rock and roll bid. Back in the movie, the next major plot point happens when we find out Freddie's been offered a contract for two solo albums from CBS records the deal is for four million dollars. When he breaks the news to the band. They don't take it. Well, in particular, it's Roger who reminds Freddie that he was working at Heathrow when they let him join the band, Freddie. Fires back by reminding him that they'd be nowhere without him. Just as Freddie leaves the room Roger tells him you just killed Queen. That's not really true. In fact, not only is it inaccurate. But it also changes the way the movie ends you see in the movie, there's this part here. Where Freddie seems to have signed the deal for a solo career out of spite for the rest of the band. That's what causes the band to break up. Then later on we see, Freddie. Mercury begging to join the band again. None of that happened. Well, that's unin tireless true, Freddie, Mercury did have a solo album, but that didn't cause Queen to break up. In fact, there's never been any evidence to suggest that Queen ever broke up. Not only that in the movie, we see Roger Taylor being the one who seems to have the biggest issue with Freddie solo act and reality though, Roger was the first member of Queen to have a solo album. In fact, Rogers first album was released in nineteen Eighty-one, even before, Freddie. Mercury sign his own solo deal. So if the band members pursuing solo albums wasn't because of an argument, why was it? Well, when Queen released hot space in March of nineteen eighty two they performed seventy concerts that year to support the album, but it's still didn't do too. Well, they were understandably exhausted. And coupled with the poor performance of the album, they collectively decided to take a break to pursue other types of music freddy's debut solo album was Mr. bad guy, which was released in nineteen eighty-five. But because the band didn't break up there wasn't any need for Freddie to come crawling back to the band. In fact, there's been a lot of reviews for the film that criticized this depiction of, Freddie, however that mention of hot space leads us into the next part of the film and the movie we don't really hear the name of the album, but it has a part to play this happens when we find that Freddie's manager Paul printer hasn't been forthcoming. We didn't really talk about this before. But we did see FREDDY in Paul kissing earlier in the movie, and there's a heavy implication that the relationship has continued. Although not monogamously. This all comes to a climax when we see Mary show up at FREDDY store, it's raining inside the house. We can see the aftermath of what must have been multiple parties. There's drinks littering the room leftover food and mysterious white powder on the table top. When Mary asks, Freddie, why he won't talk to queen's manager Jim beach about live eight he's oblivious. What's live eight? He asks clearly when we saw earlier in the movie that Paul said he'd pass the message along about the show. He didn't Freddie tries to get married to stay. But she ends up leaving in the pouring rain. She tells him that she's pregnant Freddie is taken aback then he says he's happy for her. Then he continues. It's just I'm frightened. She comforts him. You don't have to be no matter what you are loved Brian deacon. Roger your family your loved. It's enough. Then referring to the string of men we saw Paul printer. Bring into the house a moment to go. She continues. These people don't care about you. Paul doesn't care about you, the taxi drives off, and we see Paul in the doorway a ways behind, Freddie. This is when Freddie fires Paul. I love the line that Ramey. Malik version of Freddie, hasn't a movie when he says. You know, when you've gone rotten, really rotten. Fruit dirty? Little fruit flies, crate metaphor. Paul printer is played by Alan Leach in the movie won that particular scene is made up. The basic gist is getting across the point that Paul betrayed, Freddie. And there's a lot of Queen fans who would agree with that statement. We haven't talked a lot about him. But Paul printer was Freddie's manager from nineteen seventy seven until nineteen eighty two. He and FREDDY were also lovers, although I couldn't find anything to suggest that it was ongoing for all that time or not remember moment to go. When I mentioned that the album hot space had a part to play in this. Well, it seems that Paul helped influence some of the musical style of the album something that both Brian May. And Roger Taylor criticised when the album was released after it was released Q magazine featured the album in the list of top fifteen albums for rock musicians who have lost their touch not a list. You wanna be a part of then there's the media in the movie we see Paul being interviewed on TV. But in truth. It was a story Paul sold to the sun. On newspaper that detailed, Freddie, mercury's personal life. He claimed that Freddie had slept with hundreds of men two of which had died from aids. He also talked about how Freddie was afraid of being alone. How he'd go to bed by six or seven in the morning, but rarely alone. And it was a different man every night. These were the sort of things Paul printers interview in the sun revealed to the world, everyone knew that Queen lived a rock and roll lifestyle perhaps. But this was beyond lavish parties from time to time. Back in the movie things come to a close when the band is getting ready for live eight after Freddie joins back up with the band for their break-up. We see Freddie at home in his bedroom on TV. We hear a news report saying that every day to more men here. The grim news that they have aids worst yet. There is no cure. In the next shot. Freddie is at the hospital. It's a very empty hospital. He's in a hat and song Lassus in the doctor's office. The doctor says do you understand the way we go from here is that treatments are available, but they're not very effective, Freddie. After this while the band is practicing for their big Live Aid performance. I voice is straining the band decides to take a break and go grab a drink. Freddie, interrupts them before you leave. I have a second. It's at this moment that Freddie tells the band he has aids, but he insists that the band shouldn't feel sorry for him. I don't have time to be there victim or their aides poster boy or cautionary tale. I'm going to be what I was born to be he says. That's not how it happened. It is true that Freddie Mercury had aids. And while he would have gone to a doctor to get diagnosed in truth. He wasn't diagnosed until nineteen eighty seven that's two full years after the Live Aid concert. Although it is worth pointing out that Freddie, didn't let his aids diagnosis slow him down. Remember that party? I mentioned with seven hundred guests three hundred fifty bottles of champagne and fireworks that you could see from one hundred miles away that took place just a few months after he was diagnosed with aids that in the movie, we see a masterful recreation of queen's performance during live eight the filmmakers did a great job recreating this. And even though there's not a lot to compare with history here, which is kind of enjoy the music. I did wanna point out that they even got the settlers, correct? The set list for queen's performance at Live Aid was just like the movie shows the first half of bohemian rhapsody started followed by radio Gaga, then there was the. A O improv bit. Yup. That happened. Next was hammered to fall after that was crazy little thing called love. Then they played the first verse and chorus of we will rock you. And finally, we are the champions at the very end of the show. We don't really see this in the movie, but Brian Mae, and Freddie Taylor came out on stage to do an acoustic version of is this the world we created. All in all queens performance, stole the show. You can find versions of the show on YouTube just a search for Queen Live Aid. And of course out at a link to that in the show notes over at based on a true story podcast dot com. At the very end of the movie, there's some taxed on screen to wrap up the story after Live Aid. So let's do a quick fact check on these it starts by saying that, Freddie. Mercury died of aids related new ammonia on the twenty fourth of November nineteen Ninety-one. That's true. Freddie. Mercury. Was diagnosed with aids in April of nineteen eighty seven according to an interview on the Sacramento bee newspaper with Brian May nineteen ninety three the band was informed of Freddie's diagnosis just a short time before he died, so years later, Freddie, was like the movie shows only forty five years old when he passed the next bit of text explains that Freddie, and Jim enjoyed a loving relationship for the rest of his life while he and Mary Austin remained lifelong friends, that's true too. We haven't talked too much about Jim Hutton. But he and Freddie became an item in one thousand nine hundred five they remained together until Freddie passed in ninety one as for Mary, she in, Freddie, always. Loved each other. I don't think anyone could deny that. They just missed identified. What that love meant during the early part of their relationship once they separated there was still a bond there that never really faltered. They were good friends for life. The next piece of taxed says that Freddie was cremated in the tradition of his family's Zoroastrian faith. Again. That's true. Thirty passed away is home on November twenty fourth nineteen Ninety-one three days later as rusty in priest conducted the funeral service at the west London crematorium. It was a closed service that only included thirty five of his close friends one of which was Elton John his family and the other band members. The next bit of text says that two weeks after Freddie died. He mean rhapsody was re released and reached number one. Again, a full sixteen years after its initial release. That's mostly true. Although according to my research, I can only find that the song made it as high as number two on the billboard music charts. And also wasn't two weeks to months still impressive. But he Mun rhapsody was first released in nineteen seventy five on the album a night at the opera, then in January of nineteen ninety two. It was re released along with the song. The show must go on in honor of Freddie, all the proceeds for that released. Single went to the Magic Johnson foundation for aids research, the final bit of text says that in nineteen Ninety-two Queen and Jim beach established the mercury Phoenix trust in Freddie's honor dedicated to fighting age worldwide. That's true too. According to the mercury Phoenix trust website since its inception. The trust has given away over fifteen. Million dollars in Freddie's name to over seven hundred projects in ongoing battle to fight aids. And HIV. End it is ongoing. The trust is still very active today. And while I'm not associated with trust at all. In the research. I've done for this episode. It does seem like they're doing some great work. You can learn more about their mission and help them fight aids. In honor of Freddie, mercury's memory over at mercury Phoenix. Trust dot com. This episode of based on a true story was written and produced by me, Dan lab, there's so much more to Freddie, mercury's life that we couldn't hope to cover. We didn't talk a lot about Jim Hutton or some of freddy's other relationships at the movie never even mentioned while Valentin or Winfried Kirsch burger to learn more about Freddie, mercury's life. I'd recommend starting with the biography called mercury an intimate biography of Freddie, Mercury by Leslie Ann Jones, including linked to that book more books and plenty of resources for you to dive even deeper into the life of Freddie, Mercury over at based on a true story podcast dot com. Okay. Now, it's time for the answer to our two truths and a lie game from the beginning of the episode as a refresher here are the two truth and one light number one, Freddie. Mercury was not as birthing number two, Freddie. Mercury. Never married Mary Austin, number three queens Live Aid, performance was Freddie's. I after being diagnosed with aids. Did you find out which one is the lie, Freddie, mercury's birth? Name was for Rick bowl, Sarah. So that means number one is true. And even though he proposed to Marian was quoted as considering her like his common law wife, the two were never officially married. So that means the lie is number three as we learned Freddie, wasn't diagnosed with aids until two years after the Live Aid performance. So that would be in nineteen eighty seven with the performance in nineteen eighty five. That brings this to an end of this episode if you're based on true story producer. I look forward to chatting with you again next Monday, when we'll learn about some of the history behind the monster movie, cong- skull island. Don't forget you can find all the links for this episode how to contact the show. Request a future episode over at based on a true story podcast dot com. 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