Turning life stories into biopics

The guy behind both Bohemian Rhapsody (about the cult-like leader of millions of fanatics) and The Two Popes (about a strangely-dressed, much-loved pop culture icon deeply immersed in the politics of gay men) talks about what it takes to turn a good life story into a good biopic.

“The heart of most drama is in finding someone who wants something — and the interesting obstacles in the way. That’s true of all the people I’ve dealt with one way or another, whether it’s Freddie Mercury, Winston Churchill, Stephen Hawking or Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. These individuals all found themselves with particular challenges.”

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