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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.

 

 

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.
 
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 
Release: November 2, 2018
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers
 
 

 

Queen + Adam Lambert To Rock "The Crown Jewels" In Las Vegas Residency

Iconic British rockers Queen and out frontman Adam Lambert have announced the band’s first Sin City residency, titled "The Crown Jewels," at Park Theater at Park MGM, in September 2018. The band first shared the news with the Twitterverse Monday morning on social media:

You can be sure to expect thunderbolts and lightning, disco balls and all the massive Queen hits including "Another One Bites The Dust," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Somebody To Love," "Radio Ga Ga" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."

The musical alchemy between Lambert and Queen has been a magical ride since first sharing a stage for the American Idol finale in May 2009. Years later now, with 150 shows in their pocket, the potent power players are filling stadiums and festivals with an awe-inspiring show drawing across-the-board rave reviews.

When Queen and Lambert debuted the show last year, Billboard Magazine raved called the production, "a seamlessly executed Vegas assault -- a just-right balance of kitsch, classic rock and ‘70s excess. It's all there; the bombast, melodrama, the drum solos, the glitter, the great songs, a crazy light show, big power chords." 

 

 

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More from the praise from the press:

“A master class in design, lighting and supreme musicianship. Long may Lambert and the Queen of now reign.” - News Corp Australia Network

"With fantastic players, a dazzling stage design, an almost unparalleled catalogue of classic songs, and an outstanding frontman, Queen still offer one of the most entertaining nights of rock and roll to be seen and heard anywhere.” - Daily Telegraph

Announcing this specially-crafted “The Crown Jewels” show, Queen’s Brian May said: “We’re ready to take on the ultimate challenge … to dazzle Vegas!!”

Band mate Roger Taylor concurred saying, “Looking forward to rocking the Strip,” singing the praises of “the audaciously and phenomenally talented Adam Lambert.”

Lambert gushed back: “I’m so excited to help share ‘The Crown Jewels’ with the Strip. You’ll be humming them all night!”

The royal rockers will hold court in the City of Entertainment for 10 performances from September 1 - 22 (September 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22 at 8PM).

Members of both Queen and Adam Lambert's Fan Clubs will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 8 at 10AM PT. QueenOnline.com subscribers will be sent pre-sale links and passwords.

Tickets on sale to the public Friday, May 11 at 10AM PT at www.ticketmaster.com (link not live until Friday).

Check out Queen + Adam Lambert below rocking out to "Somebody To Love" from an appearance on X-Factor in 2014.