On November 1st the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” hit theatres. The movie was a huge box office success, raking in $50 million its first weekend in the U.S. The movie offers a glimpse into the rise of the band Queen and provides an intimate exploration into the life of their legendary frontman, Freddie Mercury. However, the movie has received mixed reviews, mainly for some historical inaccuracies and lack of focus on some aspects of Mercury’s HIV diagnosis and his sexuality.
The role of the legendary musician was entrusted to 37-year-old Egyptian-American actor Rami Melek, who exceeded everyone’s expectations with his stunning performance.
Even though some people tried to ‘call him out’ for lip syncing, Malek’s performance is undeniably magnificent.
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Recently, a video comparison between the original Queen Live Aid performance and the one portrayed in the movie was shared on Twitter.
People were stunned not only by the Malek’s resemblance to Mercury but his identical movements. The actor mastered every gesture, clap, step jump, and wave. The video went viral and has been watched over 8 million times.
Live Aid was held in 1985 at Wembley Stadium in London and was broadcasted all around the world with an estimated 1.9 billion viewers.
The unforgettable 20 minutes performance by Queen at the venue is considered to be one of the best in the band’s history. Malek revealed to news.com.au that he watched the recording of their performance at Wembley “probably somewhere around 1500 times, maybe more.”
Malek was dedicated to mastering this performance as he knew it was crucial to the movie. “That’s something we tried to get move for move, even just gesture for gesture perfectly,” he said, “It felt like sometimes you would lose a little bit of the authenticity if you tried to nail it so perfectly. Things won’t exactly always match up, there might be a hint of something that’s off, but I think that kept it feeling really alive and in the moment and it was better to sacrifice it that way, but yeah, I was watching it non-stop.”