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There’s nothing about Freddie Mercury that’s choreographed, says Rami Malek on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A sure-shot sign that awards season has begun in Hollywood is the stream of biopics on singers and rock bands. After A Star Is Bornstarring Lady Gaga, we now have Bohemian Rhapsody on the British rock band Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury. The character is played by actor Rami Malek, known for his roles in Mr. Robot, Night At The Museum among others.

Bohemian Rhapsody, which is also one of the iconic songs of Queen, will trace the life of Freddie Mercury, his fight with AIDS, and subsequent ups and downs within the band.

"I began to look through the songs that Freddie wrote and look for the themes that underlined every track, so that through the songs I could understand the man," said Malek when asked about how he prepared for the role. "There’s nothing about him that’s choreographed. The word ‘choreographed’ just doesn’t even belong close to the name ‘Freddie Mercury'," says the actor. Malek says he found, that he could identify with Freddie’s remarkable journey from Zanzibar via Bombay to London where he met Brian May (Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello), and formed Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody recreates the band’s incredible show-stealing performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert in aid of the Ethiopian famine refugees.

The film captures the British singer-songwriter's flamboyant stage performances and trademark mic poses. Freddie, who was born as Farrokh Bulsara, died in November 1991, after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The film, directed by Bryan Singer, had been on the cards since 2010 and has reached the big screen after quite a lot of bumps.

"The most extraordinary thing about his sexuality and that aspect of his life is that he never spoke about it. He transcends all these stringent labels and boxes that we try to impose on people. He never confined himself in that way. He just was," says Malek when asked about playing the role of Freddie, whose sexuality was a matter of discussion over many years.

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