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After sacking, Singer says Fox denied leave to care for parent

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Bryan Singer, who has been fired as the director of the Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's biopic, has said that 20th Century Fox was "unwilling" to give him time off to care of his parents.

The studio in a statement had fired Singer from the film, titled "Bohemian Rhapsody", with actor Rami Malek starring as the legendary singer.

"is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody," the studio had said.

However, the studio has not named Singer's replacement as yet.

Singer, through his attorney, said the film was a "passion project" and that the studio was "unwilling" to accommodate him, reported Variety.

"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 US 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," said Singer in his statement.

The director also played down the rumours that he clashed with lead actor Rami Malek.

"Rumours that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true. 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.

"I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honour 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 added.

Earlier, Singer had taken a leave citing "personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family" leading to the studio suspending production of the film.

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First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 15:25 IST