HE WILL, HE WILL ROCK YOU!

Ben Hardy tells us what’s it like to play a leg­endary mu­si­cian in the upcoming box of­fice hit “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody”

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Ben Hardy tells us what’s it like–and what it takes–to play a leg­endary mu­si­cian in the upcoming box of­fice hit “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody” Pho­tog­ra­phy Mitchell Nguyen McCor­mack

Drums can be quite tricky to por­tray in movies. With other in­stru­ments, the movie can “cheat” a bit, mainly through clever cam­era an­gles. But it’s all too easy for view­ers to no­tice when the drum­mer— or rather, the ac­tor play­ing the drum­mer—is off by even a sin­gle beat. So, the pres­sure was def­i­nitely on for english ac­tor Ben Hardy, who was se­lected to play Roger tay­lor, drum­mer for leg­endary rock band Queen, in the long awaited biopic “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody,” which covers the rise of the band up to the fa­mous live aid con­cert of 1985.

of course, Hardy is no stranger to chal­leng­ing roles or un­der­go­ing spe­cial train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for a role. Back in 2015, for in­stance, when he was cast as the winged mu­tant angel in “X-Men: apoca­lypse,” he took up in­door sky­div­ing to get a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion of how the hu­man body would look like in flight.

other than that, Hardy can also count be­ing a se­ries reg­u­lar of “easten­ders” and join­ing the all-star cast of “only the Brave” among his ac­com­plish­ments. that be­ing said, it’s prob­a­bly safe to as­sume that his ap­pear­ance in “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody” will be the one to rock au­di­ences all around the world for years to come.

DA­MAN: Hi, Ben. Awe­some to have you with us. How are you? Ben Hardy: i’m good, thanks. Happy to be here.

DA: So, ob­vi­ously, we’re look­ing for­ward to see you in “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody” this Novem­ber. Per­son­ally, what do you see as the best part of the movie?

BH: the best part? that’s a tricky one. Push comes to shove, i’d say the live aid per­for­mance in 1985 may be one of the strong­est parts of the movie.

DA: By the way, can you also tell us how you were ini­tially cast as Roger Tay­lor?

BH: yeah, sure. i ac­tu­ally re­ally chased this one. i’d worked with di­rec­tor Bryan Singer be­fore on “X-Men: apoca­lypse” and when i heard he was go­ing to be di­rect­ing “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody” i reached out to him to see if he’d con­sider me for Roger tay­lor. He was open to the idea but had reser­va­tions based on the fact he wanted the ac­tor play­ing Rog to be able to play the drums. i wanted the part so bad i told him i could play. He asked me to put a song in video so he could see. i pan­icked, went away and bought the cheapest drum kit i could find and a lo­cal in­struc­tor to help me learn the song. Sent the video to Bryan. and a cou­ple of au­di­tions later and yeah, here we are.

DA: We’ve also heard that you had to take an in­tense crash course in drum­ming to se­cure the role. How did you man­age to pull it off?

BH: ob­vi­ously, i could never be as skilled a drum­mer as Roger tay­lor in the lim­ited time­frame we had, and most likely could never be as good as him! But i wanted to do my best to pay trib­ute to the man’s tal­ent. So, ba­si­cally i just spent all day, ev­ery day locked away with my drum kit prac­tic­ing over and over. i also had a great in­struc­tor in Brett Mor­gan. there’s no way i could have learnt to play so quickly with­out his help.

DA: On that note, what else did you have to do, train in or learn in a hurry in or­der to por­tray Queen’s leg­endary drum­mer?

BH: ah, man, i just spent days on youtube watch­ing videos of him to learn as many of the char­ac­ter­is­tics, man­ner­isms, vo­cal qual­i­ties and idio­syn­cra­sies i could find. i didn’t want to be do­ing an im­pres­sion of Rog in this film but i wanted to give as much of an essence of him as i could.

DA: And we also have to ask: What was it like play­ing as Roger Tay­lor while the man was also on board as pro­ducer?

BH: ini­tially, i was sh-t scared to meet Roger and for him to be on set and see my por­trayal of him. But he was so sup­port­ive from the out­set that it was re­ally great to have him around. and learn as much as i could from him on all things Roger.

DA: What was the big­gest chal­lenge you faced while work­ing on “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody”?

“IF YOU CAN’T BE HAPPY WITH YOUR CUR­RENT SIT­U­A­TION YOU PROB­A­BLY WON’T BE HAPPY EVEN IF YOUR FIVE YEAR PLAN WORKS OUT”

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