The success of Bohemian Rhapsody has “The Metal God” Rob Halford thinking, and Halford believes the almost-50-years-history of Judas Priest would be ideal for a Hollywood biopic movie.
The Judas Priest Frontman Talks About The Possibility Of A Judas Priest Biopic Movie.
Rob has also confirmed working on his memoir, despite previously saying that he would never write one.
“I think Judas Priest has had a very interesting life,” Halford tells Stuff ahead of the band’s visit to Auckland for a one-off show on March 16. “We’ve certainly got some stories to tell. We’ve certainly had a lot of incidents on the road that’s for sure,” he adds, also pointing to the similarities between himself and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
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“I also had to hide a gay guy like Freddie for all those years,” says the now 67-year-old Halford who only publicly revealed his homosexuality in 1998. “It’s a wonderful moment when you walk out of the closet,” he told LGBT magazine. “Now I’ve done that and I’ve freed myself. It’s a great feeling for me to finally let go and make this statement.”
Halford admitted he was worried about negative backlash after that interview, but was delightfully surprised to be quickly inundated with messages of support from colleagues and fans.
As for who would play Halford in a Judas Priest biopic movie: Rob isn’t reallysure. “Who could be the ‘metal god’? I haven’t got a clue. I thought Rami Malek, who won an Oscar for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody did a fantastic job of Freddie’s persona, charisma. But I’m sure there’s another actor out there who could get the leather and whips and chains on.”
Back in 2001: The Mark Wahlberg movie Rock Star was loosely based on Tim “Ripper” Owens, the vocalist who replaced Halford in Judas Priest from 1996-2003.
Ripper was chosen for the job after Priest witnessed his vocal abilities during a small gig with the tribute band British Steel.
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