Queen Founder Brian May on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’-We Haven’t Earned a Penny

Queen guitarist Brian May is putting the UK paper The Sunday Times on blast for suggesting that the band’s fortunes have increased due to the proceeds of the biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

As a matter of fact–the group’s surviving members (May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon)–haven’t earned a cent, he confided in a BBC interview on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.”

“I had to laugh the other day, because there’s a thing in the paper saying that we were getting rich off this movie. If they only knew. We had an accountant in the other day, and we still haven’t earned a penny from it. How successful does a movie have to be before you make money? There’s so many people that people don’t realize will take pieces off the top,” he said. “But the feeling of it is so great — the fact that it’s out there, and I think Freddie [Mercury] comes out it with his dignity, but without having been whitewashed in any way.”

Making the film wasn’t about money anyway, he continued.

“It was a long labor of love — about 12 years in development, I guess. We thought it would do well in the end and we felt good about it, but we didn’t realize it would do that well. It’s incredible around the world — it’s, like, a billion-dollar movie,” he said.