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  • FRIDAY, MAY 04, 2007

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• Great success! Borat actor will make benefit glorious music of Queen!

Sacha Baron Cohen – the English actor/comedian behind such characters as Ali G, Bruno, and everyone’s favorite Kazakh reporter, Borat – is gearing up to play another larger-than-life character. Things will be a bit more serious this time, though, since Cohen’s role will reportedly be that of Freddie Mercury. That’s right: Borat will star in the upcoming Queen biopic.

Johnny Depp was originally considered for the role, but the film’s producers were more impressed with Cohen’s physical resemblance to the Queen frontman. Is this too good to be true? Didn’t we learn anything from those rumors about Christopher Walken playing Ozzy in the Motley Crüe movie? The BaebleBlog is steering itself for a hard rose of reality… but we can dream, and until somebody tells us otherwise, we’ll be preparing ourselves to watch Cohen sing “Fat Bottomed Girls” in a spangled leotard. That would be one solid movie-film. Niiice.

• Missed SXSW? Check out some streaming/downloadable footage, compiled by LargeheartedBoy.com.

• Today in rock 'n' roll history:
- 1964: The Moody Blues form in Birmingham, England.
- 1972: Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is born.
- 1973: Led Zeppelin embarks on a U.S. tour that will soon be called "biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States."
- 1974: Grand Funk Railroad chugs into the #1 spot with "Loco-motion,"
- 1997: Courtney Love places an ad in the Seattle Times to sell the house she had shared with husband Kurt Cobain. The carriage house in which Kurt shot himself had previously been torn down.

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