Video: How Rami Malek Transformed Into Iconic Rocker Freddie Mercury

The producers of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, have shared a behind-the-scenes peek at the genesis of star Rami Malek “becoming Freddie.”

The film is described as a “foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.”

Defying stereotypes and shattering convention, Mercury emerged as one of the most theatrical rock performers of the 1970s and 1980s. Following the meteoric rise of Queen through their anthemic songs and revolutionary sound, the band reached breathtaking heights in the music industry.

Although Mercury explored a solo career, it was with Queen that he found his greatest successes. While facing an AIDS diagnosis, he would reunite with his band. mates in 1985 for Live Aid, delivering what many consider one of the great performances in rock history.

He died at the age of 45 in 1991.

From the beginning stages of planning Bohemian Rhapsody, producer Graham King was convinced that Malek was their guy.

“He came in and I was like, whoa, he IS Freddie,” says King. “And he wasn’t just acting, it was something that came natural to him.”

Once cast, though, Malek felt the gravity of bringing the iconic rocker to life on screen.

“When you set out to play Freddie Mercury, you think ‘How am I ever going to fill those shoes?,” wonders Malek.  “It’s an immense responsibility but one that I was very eager to take on.”

In his approach to the role, Malek shares that he didn’t set out to mimic Freddie, but knew movement would be an intrinsic component to his performance.

“I had some top choreographers come in and realized a choreographer isn’t going to help me,” says Malek. “I need a movement coach.”

Polly Bennett was brought in to help Malek focus on specific ‘mannerism tricks’ that included “every eye lift, every turn, every flick of the microphone.”

And then there’s the all-important style of dress that made Freddie so much of who he was.

Malek shares there were over 50 hours of costume fittings which included four-inch high platform shoes, tight-fitting satin pants, and an entire outfit made out of lycra.

“When you dress as Freddie does, it makes every day feel like it’s going to be a good time,” says Malek with a smile.

Watch the teaser below and look for Bohemian Rhapsody in theaters November 2, 2018.



Why The 2019 Oscars Could Be its Gayest Yet

The 2019 Oscars aren’t happening until March 4th, but it appears that this could be the Oscar's gayest year ever, and for good reason.

Let’s face it, the Tony, Emmy, and Oscar award shows always have a gay element to them as its audience primarily consists of women and the LGBTQ community tuning in. It also helps the cause that members of our community are being nominated AND are winning awards at an increasing rate. This past Monday alone saw RuPaul and Co. take home several Emmy awards for RuPaul’s Drag Race, when it became the first LGBTQ show to win for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

Although we will have to wait just a little over five months for the Oscars, industry insiders are suggesting that two major gay icons have a big chance at winning that night. One of them is very much alive, while the other tragically passed away many years ago. Regardless, it would be an incredible moment on stage if Lady Gaga scored Best Actress for A Star is Born and Rami Malek won for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Gaga has been a critics darling since her film (costarring Bradley Cooper) was released at several different film festivals. A Star is Born officially comes out in early October, where millions of “little monsters” will be waiting outside their respective theaters to see the woman they look up to the most star in a role that could easily earn her an Academy Award. Many of her fans identify as LGBTQ, and it would mean a lot for all of us to see such an icon for our community take home the gold that evening.

Is the movie gay-themed? Not at all, but Gaga’s force in our world over the past decade is undeniably large and would make for one hell of an acceptance speech should she win (presumably including words about our community). It might be too early to tell, but she will no doubt at least score a nod for her performance given how galvanized the critics have been with it so far.

Rami, on the other hand, has topped several critics choices for Best Actor for his role of Freddie. The film isn’t set to be released until November, which is considered prime Oscar time for several different films, but Bohemian Rhapsody has earned a lot of love from critics, similar to what A Star is Born has received. Of course, the irony in both of them winning would be incredible, given that Gaga’s last name is a reference to a song from Queen.

Another film that I hope earns several nominations at the 2019 Oscars is Boy Erased. The story is about the son of a Baptist preacher who is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. The family dynamic between its three stars (Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe) are showcased incredibly in the trailer alone as conversion therapy is a hot button topic in and out of the LGBTQ community now and it's good to see Hollywood doing something about it.

Only time will tell if these predictions will come true in March, but the idea of these movies winning for their own reasons are enough for this writer to tune in.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Rami Malek Embodies Freddie Mercury In First "Bohemian Rhapsody" Trailer

Check out the first trailer for the upcoming Queen/Freddie Mercury Biopic starring Rami Malek.

We’ve been excited for this movie ever since we got our first look at Rami as the famous Queen frontman last September.

Now, we get to not only see him in a single outfit or pose, but see him work a stage, work a recording studio, and speak as the man himself.

So without further delay ...

The teaser still gives us hope for a film that has had a lot of trouble behind the scenes. Though Rami Malek seems to be channeling Freddie Mercury to the best of his ability, the direction for the film was messy up until the end of last year.

X-men director Bryan Singer was the first director assigned to this film, and many worried that he would hold Bohemian Rhapsody back from its greatest potential.

On top of that, many were worried about Singer directing due to his shady past. Rumors of Singer’s sexual abuse have spread across Hollywood and beyond for years now.

Unfortunately, news started spreading in early December that Singer was becoming a problem on the set of Bohemian Rhapsody. He was calling in sick, showing up to set late, becoming a nuisance during filming, and even Malek himself had to complain.

This eventually led to Singer being fired from the project in early December and coincidentally he was sued a few days later for raping a teenager..

Despite this behind the scenes chaos, the Bohemian Rhapsody film is still moving on and the first teaser trailer is out. We’ll hope that Bryan Singer’s drama won’t have affected the film from becoming as good as it could have been.

Queen fans around the world can visit PutMeInBohemian.com on a mobile device and record their best rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody," for a chance to have their voice included in the movie.

Download the Poster and Additional Images HERE.
Release: November 2, 2018
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers