Brian May Explains What He Really Thinks Of The Actor Who Played Him In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Queen guitarist Brian May recently appeared on Radio X and revealed his thoughts on the actor who played him in Queen’s biopic, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
Brian May is best known for his successful career as the lead guitarist of the iconic rock band Queen. He was also the co-founder and wrote numerous Queen hits, which later became widely popular worldwide. For his talented guitar playing in the band, May also placed himself among the greatest guitarists of all time. As of today, he remains a Queen member and also makes solo efforts.
Back in 2018, inspired by the success of the band Queen and their frontman Freddie Mercury, the biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was released. The musical drama film tells the story of Freddie Mercury and the band’s prolific career since their formation. As consultants, Brian May and Roger Taylor also contributed to the film’s making process. The award-winning movie became a major box office success and grossed over $904 million worldwide.
In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Brian May was portrayed by the actor Gwilym Lee, and throughout the filmmaking process, the guitarist worked closely with him. Speaking to Radio X, Brian May commented on the actor and his way of portrayal. He said that, initially, he was nervous about having somebody play him in the film, but claimed when he met Gwilym, he realized his capability. May then stated Lee absorbed his guitar playing as well as his whole character, voice, and body language.
Here’s what May responded when asked a question about who plays him in the film, and commented on Gwilym Lee:
“Gwilym Lee. An extraordinary actor. I was a little nervous to have somebody play me on the screen. It’s not an easy thing to contemplate. I think we all were like that, certainly Roger as well. I was thinking, ‘How is this going to be? Is it going to be embarrassing?’ As soon as I met Gwilym, I realized he was up to the job and more. I also spent some time with him playing the guitar. He is a guitarist, he was a guitarist but he wanted to learn exactly how I play. He managed to absorb a lot of my riffs.
What I didn’t realize was he was absorbing me as a character as well. He was absorbing my voice, my body language, my whole kind of presence. So much so that when I showed it to my kids, they thought that I’d done his voice. They said ‘He is really good, isn’t he dad? He really gets you down. But obviously, you did the voice, right? Well, no. He did it, and he is amazing in the film. I love the guy. We’ve remained friends and hopefully always will be. So Gwilym, if you are out there, you’re a hero. Love you.”
You can check out the full interview below.