Freddie Mercury was all set to shave off his trademark mustache for his turn as a woman in the video, but director David Mallet put a stop to it. He told the documentary series Video Killed the Radio Star
: "I said, 'No, the one thing you musn't do, the funny thing is that your mustache is there and you're in drag!' To this day, when he comes around the corner with that hoover I laugh." Mercury did
ditch the 'stache for a later segment in the video, where he is surrounded by the Royal Ballet in a nod to the French ballet L'Après-midi d'un faune
and its clean-shaven Russian star Vaslav Nijinsky.
Mallet, who directed several other Queen videos like "Bohemian Rhapsody
" and "Radio Ga Ga
," said he had the most fun with this clip.