A video that compares Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody with the singer’s real Live Aid performance reveals just how precisely the actor deploys each move.
User @ThisGameIsEasy’s clip, which has clocked more than 8 million views after being shared on Twitter, aligns the movie’s reconstruction of Queen’s iconic 1985 show with footage of the actual event.
Fans have responded to the picture-perfect image. One wrote: “THAT IS AMAAAAZING OMG WOW. If Rami isn’t nominated for an Oscar for this performance I will riot.” Another said: ‘That is absolutely spot on. Brilliant!’ Others all agreed it was one of the best performances of all time, and we can’t fault them for that. It was almost the real deal…almost.”
Malek’s movement coach, the London-based coach and choreographer Polly Bennett, spoke to Billboard about the complex process that she and Malek went through for the film.
“[Freddie] was a long-distance runner at school and a boxer,” Bennett explained, referring to Mercury’s kinetic stage presence.
“This gives us a reason why Freddie ran across the stage and punched the air, and [allows me to explain to] Rami, ‘This is why that character moves the way that he does.’ It’s interesting that Freddie only did solo sports, rather than football or rugby or any sort of team sport. In itself, that creates a physical attitude.”
Elsewhere, has Malek revealed in a new interview with Who that he “instinctually [wanted] to discover more” about Mercury as soon as he was cast in the film. Bohemian Rhapsody has drawn much criticism for skipping over finer details.
“There’s just an eloquence and elegance to him that you see when he’s on stage, and then you can [see] where all that was birthed from,” Malek said about what he learned about Mercury from reading about his early life. “I mean, not many artists are wearing an entire head-to-toe leather outfit, sipping a champagne flute and telling their audience to strip naked if they please. And he still comes off with this essence of royalty.”