The Only Thing That’s Missing From Rami Malek’s Portrayal Of Freddie Mercury
There are dozens of music biopics that depict the lives of legendary singers, rockers, and bands since each has had unique experiences that are worth telling. The list includes classics such as ‘The Runaways,’ ‘I’m Not There,’ and ‘The Dirt.’ However, every rock and roll lover has probably seen and loved one movie for sure, and that is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.‘
It’s fair to say that there are hundreds of reasons why Queen is one of the most outstanding bands of all time, and the band’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music. While the band managed to become a global phenomenon in popular culture for more than four decades, Freddie became the one-of-a-kind lead singer who defied the conventions of a rock frontman with his flamboyant style.
Queen had to have its biopic as one of the most exceptional bands, which consisted of some of the most influential figures in rock history. Making the biopic was quite a challenging project as fans could not think of an actor who can portray Freddie Mercury’s unique presence both on and off stage. However, the 2018 movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ did not only accomplish to embody the essence of Queen but also exceeded the expectations of millions of fans.
Yet, that doesn’t mean the successful movie and brilliant Rami Malek, who portrayed the Queen frontman, didn’t have his flaws. Today, we’re here to appreciate the extraordinary performance of the award-winning actor in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as well as one aspect of his role as Freddie Mercury that didn’t sit quite well with the musician’s personality on stage, especially during the iconic Live Aid performance.
Rami Malek’s Role As Freddie Mercury Got Him A Golden Globe
The biographical movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ first hit the theatres in 2018 and mainly explored Freddie Mercury’s life and the history of Queen from the band’s formation to their legendary 1985 Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium. Two members of the band, lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, also served as consultants throughout the making of the movie.
Although the movie first received mixed reviews from critics due to its historical inaccuracies and the portrayal of the band members’ lives, it became a major box office success, becoming the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2018 worldwide. The movie’s success was mainly thanks to Rami Malek‘s excellent performance as Freddie Mercury, according to many fans.
The actor worked with an acting coach to embody the rocker’s unique body moves and gestures. His hard work paid off, as Rami Malek won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and British Academy Film Award for Best Actor. Many Queen fans think he did an exceptional job despite having big shoes to fill in, considering Freddie Mercury’s legacy.
What Was Missing From Rami Malek’s Acting?
There’s no doubt that Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury has countless aspects that are worth praising, especially his dedication. The actor moved to London to work with a dialect coach and a movement coach and take piano and singing lessons. Malek also studied videos Freddie’s videos with his movement coach for four hours each day, including watching the 1985 Live Aid concert video on YouTube at least 1,500 times.
There’s no denying that Malek’s role as the Queen’s frontman seemed pretty accurate, and even Brian May stated that they sometimes forgot it was Rami on the stage. However, there’s one aspect of his acting that didn’t fit the rocker’s image. During the recreation of the monumental 1985 Live Aid concert, the actor gave life to Freddie Mercury’s highly theatrical performing style and accurately hit every move on time. However, his performance lacked the self-confidence that Freddie always had while performing on stage, especially in an event like Live Aid.
Despite capturing the essence and perfecting Freddie Mercury’s moves when it came to timing and accuracy, Rami Malek needed to portray the rocker’s ease on stage and the natural interactions he had with the audience. Due to his overacting and perfection during the Live Aid performance, many fans felt like he lost the true spirit of the lead singer. I must not forget to mention that Malek did a fair job honoring Freddie Mercury and his legacy with his performance regardless of the criticism.
You can watch the comparison between the movie and the actual Live Aid below.