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Queen Guitarist Brian May Says Band Hasn’t ‘Earned A Penny’ From ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

ET Canada logo ET Canada 5 days ago Brent Furdyk
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"Bohemian Rhapsody" was one of 2018's biggest box-office hits, with the Queen biopic raking in a worldwide gross of more than $900 million.

But according to band guitarist Brian May, the members of Queen have yet to receive a paycheque from the film, despite such massive success.

Chatting with BBC Radio's "The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show", the 71-year-old rocker explains.

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“I had to laugh, actually, the other day, because there’s a thing in the paper saying that we were getting rich off this movie,” said May with a laugh. “If they only knew. We had an accountant in the other day, and we still haven’t earned a penny from it. Isn’t that funny? So how successful does a movie have to be before you make money?”

Which is not to say the band won't be enjoying a hefty payday eventually. “There’s so many people, of course," added May. "People don’t realize that will take pieces off the top."

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Besides, adds May, given how long it took "Bohemian Rhapsody" to get made in the first place, a little more waiting is no big deal.

“It was a long labour of love, 12 years in development,” May says of the long-in-the-works movie and its subsequent success. “We thought it would do well... we didn’t realize it would do that well. It’s incredible.”


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