Adam Lambert On Freddie Mercury Biopic: “I’d Want To Be The One In Bed With Freddie”

Lambert says he'd like to play one of the Queen frontman's sexual conquests.

Adam Lambert has been touring with Queen, but when it comes to the long-awaited biopic about the band’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, he made it clear he only wants a supporting role.

“I’d want to be in bed with Freddie,” he recently told Digital Spy. “I don’t usually say things on the record, but that’s the part I want: I want to be one of his lovers.”

Singer Freddie Mercury (1946 - 1991) of British rock band Queen attends a ballet class in Covent Garden, London, 3rd October 1979. (Photo by Colin Davey/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
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Sounds like brilliant casting to us.

Lambert admits he’s chatted with Queen guitarist Bryan May about the project and about how Freddie’s sexuality would be addressed.

Queen in Rio to perform at the Rock in Rio festival, Brazil, January 1985. From left to right, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and Brian May. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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“Back in the ’70s and the ’80s, it was something you just didn’t really talk about,” says the “Ghost Town” singer. “Obviously we’re in a much different time now, and it’s very topical so it’ll be really interesting to see how they’ll approach that part of his life. They haven’t quite figured it out yet as the movie is still in development.”

Lambert might want to put the kibosh on questions about the long-gestating film: Just look at the broohaha between May and Sacha Baron Cohen, who quit the film in 2014.

Ben Whishaw is currently slated to play Mercury but no filming schedule has been announced.

Speaking of gay singers, Lambert swatted away rumors that he and Sam Smith were an item after they were spotted at a gay bar in New York together last month.

“I saw the headlines and wrote to him, ’Oh my god, they think we’re dating!'” says Lambert, who adds that while Smith is “such a sweet guy,” they’re actually “not that close.”

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