Bohemian Rhapsody may have received fairly lukewarm reviews from critics, but film fans were fairly unanimous in heaping praise on Rami Malek’s performance as the iconic Queen front-man Freddie Mercury.
In fact, lead guitarist and champion of the most iconic cut in the business, Brian May, thinks Mr.Robot star Malek deserves a number of awards for his performance, including an Oscar.
The 71 year-old star recently sat down with Press Association to discuss the film, and he couldn’t have spoken more highly of Malek.
He told PA:
“He’s incredible… without doubt he’ll be on the nominations list for an Oscar and well deserved as well. He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable.
We’ve lived with this project for nine years and it’s incredible to see it doing so well.
It came out to s***ty reviews, as some of our work has before, but the public has embraced it magnificently. Everybody gave 200%, from the actors and technicians to the production team and hair and make up, everyone.”
The film follows the band’s meteoric rise to super-stardom, detailing arguments within the band, Freddie’s personal relationships and his AIDs diagnosis as well as Queen’s iconic Live Aid performance in 1985.
Speaking of which, a Twitter user recently posted a side-by-side clip of both Mercury’s Live Aid performance and Malek’s version, and it’s incredible how similar they are.
Check it out:
One Twitter user wrote:
“These dudes were literally able to recreate the greatest live show ever performed and made a new generation be able to experience it as if they were actually there. This scene literally gave me CHILLS god damnit.”
During an interview with news.co.au, Malek spoke about his Live Aid performance and that he watched the original more than 1,500 times.
“That’s something we tried to get move for move, even just gesture for gesture perfectly. It felt like I had it in my bones and I didn’t want to keep going back to it. It felt like sometimes you would lose a little bit of the authenticity if you tried to nail it so perfectly.
“Things won’t exactly always match up, there might be a hint of something that’s off, but I think that kept it feeling really alive and in the moment and it was better to sacrifice it that way, but yeah, I was watching it non-stop.”
You get our vote, Rami.
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