Andy Serkis appeared to have a dig at the rock band Queen while presenting with Danai Gurira at the 2019 BAFTAs on Sunday night.
The Gollum actor was on stage to present the Original Music award and mentioned the rock band, whose members Brian May and Roger Taylor were in the audience.
Serkis said: “film without music would be Laurel without Hardy, like Queen without Freddie Mercury or like Britain without Europe.”
— Richard de Lioncourt #FBPE 🇪🇺 (@Geestar86) February 10, 2019
Considering that Queen has been touring for years without the late singer, filling the frontman’s shoes with Adam Lambert’s, the comment certainly seems like an insult.
People on Twitter certainly thought so:
HAHA Andy Serkis saying "film without music is like Queen without Freddie Mercury", when the surviving members are in the room and have been touring without him ever since, is the accidental shade i Live for! #eebafta #Bafta pic.twitter.com/OQh1nshxxv
— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) February 10, 2019
— Tom Beasley (@TomJBeasley) February 10, 2019
Andy Serkis saying “a film without music is like Queen without Freddie Mercury” while BRIAN MAY WAS IN THE ROOM is next level savagery
— Ali Gray (@The_Shiznit) February 10, 2019
They also loved the Brexit joke:
— Kate O'Donnell 🏴🇪🇺 (@odo_kate) February 10, 2019
@andyserkis thank you for that beautifully timed Brexit jibe
— Edie Walwyn (@eawalwyn) February 10, 2019
The surviving members of Queen were in the audience to support their movie Bohemian Rhapsody which was up for seven nominations.
The film has proved to be a controversial one because of the allegations of child sex abuse made against director Bryan Singer.
BAFTA confirmed they had taken Singer’s name off the movie’s nominations following these claims.
Rami Malek won the award for Leading Actor for playing Freddie Mercury and the film also picked up the BAFTA for Best Sound.