Actor playing Freddie Mercury in Queen film worried the part might be a 'career killer'

music news 01/05/2018

Rami Malek, the actor who plays Freddie Mercury in theupcoming Queen biopic titled Bohemian Rhapsody, said during a press event that he’d worried taking the role might prove to be a “career killer.”

“When I got this role, I thought, 'Oh, my God, this could be a career-defining performance,’” Malek said (via Billboard). “And then two minutes later I thought, 'This could be a career killer.” He added that one of the main challenges had been how to capture Mercury’s ability to transmit “pain and beauty” in his music. “He gives everyone watching permission to embrace their imperfections and sing as loudly as they can," he reflected. “That is what he did for me.” He also reported that Queen guitarist Brian May had emailed to say the movie had “brought him to tears” and that Mercury would have been “proud” of the production if he were alive.

According to reports the trailer (yet to be publicly released) begins with a scene in which the young singer asks to join the band, only to be told: “Not with those teeth, mate.” It continues with their efforts to succeed, including Mercury saying: “If I go [sing] any higher, only dogs will hear it.” 

Last week the first still shots from Bohemian Rhapsody were shared, showing Malek along with Gwilym Lee as May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor and Joe Mazello as John Deacond.

The film is set for release on November 2.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock