Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is moving full speed ahead, and many fans wondered how Freddie Mercury would make a direct appearance in the movie. Producer Graham King has shed some light on the concerns.
Because actor Rami Malek can’t quite sing like his movie likeness, the production team had to think of another angle: they decided to use Queen master tapes and add vocal layers provided by Canadian singer Marc Martel.
“Literally, you could close your eyes and it’s Freddie,” said King in an interview with Rolling Stone. “And that’s a very tough thing to do.”
Malek also discusses finding out about nabbing the coveted role.
“I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” he said. “But when I spoke to Graham, I got the sense that this could actually be real. That was flooring. I felt massive excitement… followed by the extreme, daunting weight of the thing. It felt like something that could go away in a heartbeat.”
Malek also went to great extent to mimic Mercury, including wearing prosthetic teeth to mirror the singer’s overbite.
“He had a real insecurity about that,” said Malek. “If you watch an interview with him, you see how often he’s trying to cover up his teeth with his lips or his hand.”
After the film had wrapped, he said he had a greater appreciation for the Queen frontman.
“Here’s a man that would sing ‘We Are The Champions’ in an arena to thousands of people and they’re all singing it back to him,” said Malek. “His ability to unify people, no matter who they are, was so far ahead of its time.”
Bohemian Rhapsody opens in theatres November 2. Revisit the trailer below:
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