RAMI MALEK DUG DEEP TO FIND FRED­DIE

The ac­tor says that he shares an out­sider’s pas­sion for suc­cess with the leg­endary front­man of Queen

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Rami Malek says that he iden­ti­fied with the im­mi­grant side of Fred­die Mer­cury while tack­ling the role of the leg­endary Queen front­man. The first-gen­er­a­tion Amer­i­can spoke about his star­ring role at the New York pre­miere of Bo­hemian Rhap­sody on Tues­day. The Mr. Robot star con­nected with Mer­cury’s out­sider pas­sion for suc­cess.

Malek said, “I set out to be an ac­tor some... I don’t know... over a decade ago. I think some­thing was pos­si­bly burn­ing in­side the both of us. We had as­pi­ra­tions to live our dream. And I’m get­ting a chance to do that right now in this very mo­ment.”

While many as­pects de­fined Mer­cury, in­clud­ing be­ing one of the best vo­cal­ists to front a rock band, his flam­boy­ant pres­ence and a pen­chant for tak­ing chances, Malek felt like he had to dig deeper to find the beat­ing heart of the Tan­za­ni­aborn Mer­cury (orig­i­nally named Far­rokh Bul­sara), who ar­rived in Lon­don at 18.

“In some way, he be­came the Fred­die Mer­cury su­per­star that over­came ev­ery ob­sta­cle imag­in­able to be the guy that we all know can com­mand the stage, and hold us in the palm of his hand like no other,” Malek said. “My fam­ily is from Egypt. I’m a first-gen­er­a­tion Amer­i­can. And some­how I thought there were strings that I could tether to­gether with him.” Malek’s per­for­mance has im­pressed cur­rent mem­bers of the band as well as fans.

Cur­rent Queen lead singer Adam Lam­bert said, “I love the heart that he brings to the role, the sen­si­tiv­ity. I love that the mu­sic of this band af­fects peo­ple in a way. And I know it first­hand, you know, be­ing on tour with them for the past six years. You play one of these hit songs and just watch­ing the au­di­ence light up and go through all their nos­tal­gia and all of their mem­o­ries that they’ve shared over this piece of mu­sic, and they knew ev­ery word and they’re laugh­ing and they’re cry­ing and they’re danc­ing. That’s what you want, it re­ally unites peo­ple. So I think the film is go­ing to have that power as well.”

Malek has also cap­ti­vated gui­tarist Brian May, who feels the per­for­mance, “sus­pends dis­be­lief”. May said, “You be­lieve he’s Fred­die.”

Ac­tor Mike My­ers, known for head-bang­ing to Bo­hemian Rhap­sody in his own 1992 film Wayne’s World, has an ironic cameo, play­ing a record exec who tells the band no­body will play the song on the ra­dio.

My fam­ily is from Egypt. I’m a first­gen­er­a­tion Amer­i­can. And some­how I thought there were strings that I could tether to­gether with Fred­die Mer­cury. RAMI MALEK AC­TOR

PHOTO: JOR­DAN STRAUSS/IN­VI­SION/AP

Ac­tor Rami Malek plays the flam­boy­ant singer Fred­die Mer­cury in Bo­hemian Rhap­sody (still be­low)

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