Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Poster

Gwilym Lee: Brian May



  • Brian May : It's America. They're Puritans in public, perverts in private.

  • [Freddie approaches bandmates wearing extravagant outfit, Brian May's eyes widen] 

    Brian May : Wow! I didn't know it was fancy dress, Fred.

    Freddie Mercury : I've got to make an impression, darling!

    Brian May : You look like an angry lizard!

  • [after listening to Bohemian Rhapsody] 

    Ray Foster : Bohemian...

    Brian May : Rhapsody. It's poetic.

    Ray Foster : What on earth is it about? Scaramouche? Galileo? Beelzebub? And that Ismallah business?

    Freddie Mercury : Bismillah.

  • Freddie Mercury : Let's go and punch a hole in the roof of Wembley Stadium.

    Brian May : Actually, Wembley Stadium doesn't have a roof.

    Freddie Mercury : Then we'll punch a hole in the sky.

  • [from trailer, Brian May finishes Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo in studio] 

    Brian May : So now what?

    Freddie Mercury : Oh, this is when the operatic section comes in.

    Brian May : Ah. The operatic section, yeah...

  • Brian May : I wanna give the audience a song that they can perform. So what can they do?

    [Brian stomps his foot twice and claps, he and other band members follow along to the beat of We Will Rock You] 

    Brian May : Imagine... thousands of people... doing this in unison. Hmm?

    Freddie Mercury : What's the lyric?

  • [after the band meets Mary's husband David] 

    Freddie Mercury : What do we think of David?


    Brian May : [sighs]  Nice chap.

    Freddie Mercury : I think he's gay.

  • Ray Foster : Bohemian...

    Brian May : Rhapsody.

    Ray Foster : Rhapsody. What is that?

    Freddie Mercury : An epic poem.

    Ray Foster : It goes on forever, six bloody minutes!

    Freddie Mercury : I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever.


    Freddie Mercury : And you know what? We're going to release it as our single.

    Ray Foster : [laugs]  Not possible. Anything over three minutes, and the radio stations won't program it. John?

    John Reid : Yeah, we need radio. Format is three minutes.

    Ray Foster : What about 'I'm in Love with My Car'?

    [disappointed look on Queen's faces before Freddie kicks Ray's desk] 

    Ray Foster : Well, that's the kind of songs teenagers can crank up the volume in their car and bang their heads to. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' will never be that song.

  • [Roger threatens to throw a coffee machine at Brian and John] 

    Brian May : Not the coffee machine!

  • Brian May : [to Freddie]  No one will play us on the radio. We need to get experimental.

  • Roger Taylor : [debating which song is better; Sweet Lady or I'm in Love with my Car]  "You call me sweet like I'm some kind of cheese"

    Brian May : It's good.

    Roger Taylor : WOW!

    Brian May : Is that, you know, "with my hands on your grease gun". That's very subtle isn't it?

    Roger Taylor : It's a METAPHOR Brian!

    John Deacon : It's just a bit weird Roger. What exactly are you doing with that car?

  • Brian May : [At press conference]  Does anyone have questions about the music?

  • Freddie Mercury : I enjoyed the show. I also, I write songs.

    Brian May : Our lead singer just quit.

    Freddie Mercury : Well then, you're going to need someone new.

  • [from trailer] 

    Brian May : We want to do something different.

    Ray Foster : It's my money, I say what goes!

    Brian May : We can't simply repeat ourselves.

    Freddie Mercury : No... we can do better.

  • Brian May : No Prenter? It's unusual to see you without your clone.

    Freddie Mercury : It's unusual seeing you be so bitchy.

  • Brian May : [after Tim tells Brian and Roger he's leaving Smile for another band] 


    Brian May : Humpy Bong?

    Tim Staffell : Humpy Bong. They're going places! They're gonna be big!

    Roger Taylor : Humpy Bong? Are you joking?

  • Freddie Mercury : [listens to May's guitar]  Give it a bit more rock and roll.

    Brian May : [smiles]  You know I'm always up for that, Fred.

  • [arguing over Queen's musical direction] 

    Roger Taylor : Drum loops? Synthesizers?

    Freddie Mercury : If you say so.

    Roger Taylor : It's not us.

    Freddie Mercury : Us?

    Roger Taylor : It's not Queen!

    Freddie Mercury : [yelling angrily]  Queen is whatever I say it is!

    Roger Taylor : [stepping up to Freddie]  Well, you can play your own bloody drums, then!

    [Freddie shoves him away] 

    Brian May : Fred...

    Roger Taylor : [getting right back in Freddie's face]  Okay, let's see how good a boxer you really are!

    Brian May : [trying to keep them apart]  Roger! Take it easy, take it easy! Take it easy.

    [gently pushing Freddie away] 

    Brian May : All right, Muhammad Ali.

    [while this is going on, John picks up his bass and begins playing the opening riff for "Another One Bites the Dust"; everyone stops to look at him] 

    Brian May : That's... that's, that's quite... that's quite a cool riff, actually.

    Freddie Mercury : Hm. You wrote that?

    [John glares at him and keeps playing] 

    Freddie Mercury : That's really good.

    [John stops] 

    John Deacon : Yes, it will be... if you all can just shut up and play.

    [Brian pats Freddie on the shoulder] 

    Freddie Mercury : [nodding at Roger]  He started it.

    Brian May : Oh, shut up.

  • Brian May : This is America. They're puritans on the outside and perverts on the inside.

  • Freddie Mercury : I've been hideous. I know that, and... I deserve your fury. I've been conceited... selfish. Well, an asshole, basically.

    Roger Taylor : Strong beginning.

    Freddie Mercury : Look, I'm happy to strip off my shirt and flagellate myself before you. Or rather, I could ask you a simple question.

    Roger Taylor : I'm good with the flagellation.

    Freddie Mercury : What's it gonna take for all of you to forgive me?

    Brian May : Is that what you want, Freddie? I forgive you. Is that it? Can we go now?

  • Ray Foster : Mark these words: if they're not careful, by the end of the year, no one will know the name Queen.

    [a rock is thrown through the window] 

    Ray Foster : Christ!

    Freddie Mercury : [down on the street]  You can take that out of our royalties! Twat!

    Ray Foster : Wanker!

    Brian May : You can shove your gold discs! You made a mistake, Foster!

    Freddie Mercury : Asshole!

    Ray Foster : You'll never have a gold disc, you medium talent!

    [to Paul] 

    Ray Foster : And to think, I worked with Hendrix.

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