Rami Malek reflects on Bohemian Rhapsody's filming issues

Tasha Hegarty
·2-min read

From Digital Spy

It's been well documented that Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody didn't have the easiest path to the big screen after numerous behind-the-scenes issues.

Initially, Sacha Baron Cohen was set to star as lead singer Freddie Mercury, before pulling out due to creative differences with Queen.

Rami Malek was then cast in the role with Bryan Singer on board to direct, however Singer was fired partway through filming after he failed to return after Thanksgiving break, while there were rumours of clashes with Malek on set.

According to the actor in an interview with GQ Magazine, the tense atmosphere on set actually brought the cast closer together.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

"Something extraordinary happened, where we all rose to the occasion," Malek said. "We developed a natural dependency on one another to make something great and look after each other. I forged friendships that I know I will have for the rest of my life. Full stop."

Malek then managed to persuade Eddie the Eagle's Dexter Fletcher to come on board as director to finish the movie – with quite a pitch.

Fletcher said: "He said to me at one point, quite passionately, 'Look, you could shit in the middle of the set and everybody would still think you're great.' It was a funny but bold statement to make it.

"It just let me know how passionate and committed he was and how bad he felt things were going."

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

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When he arrived on set, Fletcher noticed that the cast and crew seemed to look up to Malek as a leader.

"It was his compassion and caring, that inclusive, supportive nature, that meant the rest of the gang entrusted him with that position as their mouthpiece."

After all the drama behind the scenes, Bohemian Rhapsody became one of the most successful rock biopics of all time and broke box office records set by Marvel, as well as winning four Academy Awards.

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