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How A Llama Got Between Jacko And Freddie Mercury's Collaboration

How A Llama Got Between Jacko And Freddie Mercury's Collaboration

The Queen fans out there will be well aware that the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been smashing it at the box office of late, thanks in part to Rami Malek's stunning performance as the singer.

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However, one of the details the film failed to include is that of the frontman's collaboration with pop music sensation, Michael Jackson.

To mark the movie's ongoing success, we've decided to shed light on how this collaboration came to an abrupt end thanks to a llama named Louie... no, seriously.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It all started when the Bohemian Rhapsody singer became pals with Jacko in the early 80s. With both stars being at the top of their game, they decided to double up and work together on a number of duets.

However, as was revealed in Rhys Thomas' 2012 documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, their project hit a roadblock when the Billie Jean singer insisted on bringing his pet llama to the recording studio.

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In one of the archival clips featured in the film, the late Mercury's manager Jim 'Miami' Beach revealed that his client was not a fan of the oversized pet.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He said: "They got on well except for the fact that I suddenly got a call from Freddie, saying, 'Miami, dear, can you get on over here... You've got to get me out of this studio.'

"I said, 'Well what is the problem?' He said, 'I'm recording with a llama... Michael's bringing his pet llama into the studio everyday and I'm really not used to recording with a llama and I've had enough and I want to get out.'"

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

We've got to say fair play to the dude. While llamas make the most adorable pets, it doesn't bode well when you're trying to record a smash hit.

Sadly it proved too much for Mercury, and led to an abrupt end to his dreams of recording a hit with Jacko. The singer expressed regret in a recovered interview where he said: "I think one of the tracks would have been on the Thriller album if I had finished it, but I missed out."

Damn. Although the frontman may have felt he missed out, in 2014 - well over two decades since Mercury's untimely death - the compilation Queen Forever was released, featuring a reworking of one of the songs he recorded with Jackson, titled There Must Be More To Life Than This.

Hopefully Freddie was looking down from rockstar heaven, smiling safe in the knowledge that Louie didn't totally destroy his duet with the so-called King of Pop.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Funny, Pet, Film, freddie mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody, Michael Jackson, Singer, Queen

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

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