Rami Malek absolutely aced his turn as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody but even the great actor had come reservations about the role.
Mainly just the wardrobe, which was a brilliant and fabulous carbon copy of the late, great Freddies onstage outfits.
While Rami was up for the challenge, though, the lad has admitted he was terrified of donning the flamboyant entertainers threads seeing as they left little to the imagination.
Hes not wrong, but, honestly, he pulled the whole thing off. Metaphorically, of course.
As the film has officially become the highest-grossing music biopic, like, ever, Rami has given punters a bit of a glimpse as to how he felt about donning the famous unitards.
There was one thing I was concerned wearing, and that was the leotard. Theres a harlequin one, but the one I was worried about the most was the sequin one because it really leaves nothing to the imagination, Rami told The Wrap recently. Not only are you walking out there basically naked, but then you have to strut on stage with the utmost confidence.
And strut he did!
However, in truly thespian-fashion, he realised he really had to take one for the team and put his fears aside for his art.
He added: At one point, you just have to say, “Well, you gotta do it. If youre going to emulate him, there is no fear on stage”.
The actor previously revealed he put a lot on the line to get the role, telling producer Graham King he couldnt sing or play piano – you know, what Freddie did – but was prepared to put in the hard yards to impress.
We sat down for a six hour meeting and hed really only seen me in Mr Robot, where I played this profoundly alienated, socially anxious human being whos a pretty far cry from Freddie Mercury, he said in an interview with Deadline. Graham saw something in me with Dennis OSullivan, and gave me a shot.
I said, “listen, Im not a singer. I dont play the piano. I move in a very interesting way on a dancefloor – I dont know if Id call it rhythm.”
But somehow, I just said, “if I have the time, I can get there. If you help me out with the things I need”.
He gave him lessons to sing, the piano lessons, a movement coach, a dialect coach, and most intriguing for us, teeth to wear a year in advance for him to get used to.
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The Queen film has now grosseed more than $600 million (£477 million) worldwide at the box office, with $57.9 million (£46 million) coming from UK movie-goers.
The movie has now bought in more dollars than the previous record holder, Straight Outta Compton, as well as outperforming The Greatest Showman and 2008s Mamma Mia!
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