Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the biggest movies of 2018 largely thanks to the legendary Queen music. Rami Malek went on to win an Oscar for his role as Freddie Mercury, just one of four Academy Awards Bohemian Rhapsody took away that evening. While the film had proved controversial to start with - largely down to accusations of straight washing - it went on to smash the box office and win fans worldwide. But it looks like Queen guitarist Brian May hasn't quite felt the same success off the back of the movie. Speaking to Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2 yesterday, May laughed when the presenter suggested he and fellow band member Roger Taylor must be rolling in the royalties from the movie. “There’s a thing in the paper saying we were getting rich off this movie,” May said. “If they only knew!"
May went on to reveal they haven't actually earned anything from the film yet. “We had an accountant the other day and we still haven’t earned a penny from it - isn’t that funny?" he added. “How successful does a movie have to be before you make any money! There’s so many people of course who will take pieces off the top.” Queen is likely to get money from their credited roles on the film, as well as soundtrack sales as their music was heavily used.
May went on to praise the movie despite the lack of money coming Queen's way. “The feeling of it so great, the fact it’s out there," he said of the success. “And I think Freddie comes out of it with his dignity, without being whitewashed in any way.” May also spoke about how the long process to get to the big screen was worth it calling it a "labour of love". All together it took 12 years to get Bohemian Rhapsody to cinemas after Sacha Baron Cohen left as Mercury over "artistic differences". In the end May said the group were pleased with the results, but still surprised by the success.
“And we thought it would do well, we felt good about it - but we didn’t realise it would do that well.” Queen - May and Taylor - are now performing with Adam Lambert on lead vocals. The group, who performed at the Oscars, are set to tour starting in the summer with The Rhapsody Tour through to 2020. There are no plans to tour the UK at the moment, but May did tease there could be another tour on the cards before "we pop off".