The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” took home the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Drama as well as Best Actor on Sunday night, and director Bryan Singer got none of the credit. That’s because nobody thanked him. Literally no one.
Despite the Voldemorting of his name on Sunday night, Bryan Singer did indeed direct the hit movie about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, and even enjoys full credit for it on IMDB. Of course, people will say his credit on the film was just a formality due to his eventual firing before filming wrapped and that true credit belongs to director Dexter Fletcher, who replaced Singer. As noted by Indiewire, the studio gave the “X-Men” director the ax with only “a few weeks of production left to go,” so it’s a Bryan Singer movie through and through.
If that’s so, then why the snub? Perhaps the actors and producers are doing everything they can to distance the movie from a man who has multiple allegations of sexual assault trailing him.
“If the 2019 Golden Globes are any indication, the strategy ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is using this awards season is to avoid mentioning Singer any way it can,” reports Indiewire. “Rami Malek was named this year’s Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama … and he didn’t utter Singer’s name while dolling out a handful of thank you messages in his speech. The actor heaped praise on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ producer Graham King (‘You’ve worked over a decade to ensure this story is told’) and Queen band members Roger Taylor and Brian May, but Singer was less than an afterthought.”
After winning the award for Best Actor, Rami Malek was allegedly nudged backstage to address Bryan Singer’s absence, but ultimately refused. “The one thing we needed to do was celebrate Freddie Mercury in this film,” Malek said, responding to a Singer-related question. “Nothing was going to compromise us and giving him the love and celebration he deserves.”
Upon winning the award for Best Motion Picture Drama, producer Graham King made no mention of Singer and simply thanked the hardworking cast and crew for bringing the movie to life.
“The power of movies is that it brings us all together,” the producer said. “Freddie Mercury and Queen did that so successfully through their music and that’s what we always wanted to accomplish in the cinema.”
Singer was reportedly fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody” for clashing with actor Rami Malek on set as well as vanishing for long periods of time. From The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti:
Production company Twentieth Century Fox seems to be taking all precautions. In a statement made Monday, Fox said that it had terminated its contract with Singer with only three weeks left on “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” shooting schedule. The Hollywood Reporter claims that the studio could no longer tolerate Singer’s on-set behavior, as he feuded with production crew and even the film’s lead, mild-mannered “Mr. Robot” star Rami Maleek.
At one point, THR reports, there were even fears that Maleek — or fellow actor Tom Hollander — might make an assault claim against Singer, though the details about the alleged incident are unclear.
Gossip magazine, Radar Online, claims further that Singer was a problem for the studio because of his habit of taking late nights, staying out until 2 or 3 in the morning, and then showing up to work hungover and belligerent. The same source also told Radar that the studio’s “final straw” came when they asked Singer whether he thought there would be more sexual harassment and abuse allegations, and the star director refused to assure them there would not be.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg to Singer’s alleged problems, given the raft of sexual assault allegations made against him — most of which involve teenaged boys.
Back in 2014, his film X Men: Days of Future Past nearly came undone when actor Michael Egan III filed a civil suit alleging that Singer drugged him and “forced him into sex at parties in Encino and Hawaii — starting when Egan was only 15.” Singer denied the allegations and the lawsuit was eventually dropped. At the same time, though, another alleged victim filed suit against Singer, making similar accusations. That suit was eventually dismissed.
In 1997, a third allegation emerged against Singer. A 14-year-old boy said that the director asked him and other minors to shower in the nude for the film “Apt Pupil.” That lawsuit was dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence.
In late 2017, a lawsuit filed on behalf of Cesar Sanchez-Guzman alleged that Singer raped him on the yacht of a tech investor in 2003 when Sanchez-Guzman was just 17 years old.
To make matters worse, another shoe dropped in the Bryan Singer allegation saga when former “Top Gun” and “ER” actor Anthony Edwards published an essay online accusing Singer’s longtime pal and collaborator Gary Goddard of molesting him at age 12.
“My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet,” Edwards wrote.
The 63-year-old Gary Goddard directed the 1987 “He-Man” live-action film “Masters of the Universe” and founded the entertainment design firm The Goddard Group. The firm has helped to create theme park attractions for Six Flags and Universal Studios as well as the Tony Award-winning revival of the hit musical “Hair.”
Back in 2014, Goddard also was accused alongside director Bryan Singer of sexually molesting an anonymous British teenager and actor Michael Egan III. Both men denied the allegations and the suits were eventually dropped.
According to IMDB, Singer and Goddard were slated to co-direct the musical “Broadway 4D” starring Christina Aguilera and Hugh Jackman. That project has been shelved.