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After Being Fired, Bryan Singer Says Fox Didn't Allow Him to Care for Ill Parent
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6 Dec 2017 02:52 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Bryan Singer (Image Source: Dick Thomas via Wikimedia Commons)

This one is coming down to a "he said/they said" situation.

Initially, news reports were that a Queen biopic was being shut down as director Bryan Singer was missing, and this was followed by news that he was fired. Now he is saying that the movie studio was not allowing him to care for his ill parent.

Over the weekend, Fox released a statement saying, "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer."

The film focuses on 15 years of the band Queen, from the time they were just starting until a time six years before lead singer Freddie Mercury died. Rami Malek stars in this lead role, and Singer was directing and was a producer as well. It was scheduled to be released Christmas Day 2018.

Sources at the time of the statement were saying that Singer never came back to the set after the Thanksgiving break in filming, while the director's rep stated the absence was because of "a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family."

On Monday, Fox reported that Singer had been fired from Bohemian Rhapsody. This was said to have to do with him and Malek not getting along, which was caused by Singer's absence.

Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel stepped in to replace Singer for a few days. Also, Tom Hollander, who plays Jim Beach, Queen's manager, had quit the film for a short time, and it was rumored to be because of Singer's behavior.

While he returned, it was said that Malek complained to the studio that the director was not around, was unreliable, and unprofessional.

Singer's and Malek's exchanges became so heated that Singer reportedly threw an object. They were able to settle everything, however, and it was thought that filming would resume, but then he didn't return after the Thanksgiving break.

However, Singer told The Hollywood Reporter, "I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first."

He went on to say, "Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents."

"This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision, and it was beyond my control," he said.

Singer also disputed the claims that the relationship had soured between him and Malek.

"Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true," he added. "While at times we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving."

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