Rami Malek has admitted he was initially reluctant to accept a role in the upcoming James Bond film, in which he plays a dangerous terrorist
Rami Malek has revealed that he insisted upon just one thing prior to accepting his role as the villain in Bond 25: that his character wouldn’t be an Arabic-speaking terrorist, or a villain who uses religion as justification for his crimes.“It’s a great character and I’m very excited,” Malek told The Mirror. “But that was one thing that I discussed with [director] Cary Fukunaga. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’. But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”The Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar winner said that his own ethnic background, and his awareness of the importance of positive representation, drove him to the decision.Speaking of his Egyptian heritage as “the fabric of who I am”, Malek added: “I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Omar Sharif. These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there.”As for Bond 25, Malek teased that it is “another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies. But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with.”
Rami Malek has given the turbulent production of Bond 25 a strong vote of confidence, saying that 'they have it together'.
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James Bond fans were “screaming” after Rami Malek was finally confirmed as the villain in Bond 25. The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, will play the titular star’s nemesis in the 25th outing of the popular franchise. Speaking via video message at the live reveal in Jamaica, Malek teased fans about his upcoming role, vowing “not to give Bond an easy ride”.
The Chinese release of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is coming under fire, after censors removed all references to homosexuality, AIDs and cross-dressing. Peng Yanzi, a Chinese LGBT activist who has seen both the western cut of the movie and the Chinese version told AP: “The cut scenes really affect the movie. Among the scenes missing is the one in which Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury comes out to his long-time partner Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton).
Fresh from his Best Actor win at the Oscars, Rami Malek could be set to tick off another career milestone by landing a Bond movie. Malek was rumoured for the role last year, but was said to be struggling with scheduling, as the Bond shoot would clash with the final season of Mr Robot. Meanwhile, Variety is reporting that Ingrid Goes West actor Billy Magnussen is being eyed for a role as a new CIA agent, in the vein of Jeffrey Wright’s Felix Leiter.