British funnyman SACHA BARON COHEN’s singing has reportedly been cut from TIM BURTON’s forthcoming SWEENEY TODD movie, because it’s so bad. The BORAT and ALI G creator plays SIGNOR ADOLFO PIRELLI – the arch-rival of JOHNNY DEPP’s SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street – in the big screen version of the hit musical. British newspaper The Sun reports Burton has given Cohen permission to rap his songs, because his singing voice isn’t good enough. A film insider says, “Pirelli is a notoriously demanding role with some difficult songs. “Any professional singer would struggle. So Sacha has been told to go for a rap style. It will be a bit like JIM BROADBENT’s performance in MOULIN ROUGE!. That won him a BAFTA. “Sacha is going to do a fantastic job but he couldn’t cut it with the singing. His voice was too low.”
This is some bullshit. I was already weary of the Tim Burton-remake of the musical. Sweeney Todd is very near and dear to my heart, and when you fuck with it, I take it personally. Uh, his part is that of an opera singer- and now you take away the singing? Second of all, the numbers with Pirelli are some of the best of the show. If he can’t sing it- fine someone who can! Borat already finished his fifteen minutes, stop trying to capitalize on that. Ugh.