The Queen biopic has been in the works for years, with more than one actor slated to play Freddie (including Sasha Baron Cohen, aka “Borat”), but a few months ago it was announced that Rami Malek would take on the challenge.
There has been some criticism about the screenplay in that, per the wishes of Brian May and the remaining surviving members of the band, Freddie’s sexual orientation and battle with AIDS would not be part of the story. That said, there is still plenty to tell.
Last week, the first still photo of Malek in character as Freddie was released, and it turned heads.
Now, video has emerged of the filming of the Live Aid sequence – the smart money is on this being the closing sequence of the film, given that it marked the live performing zenith for the band, and is considered to be arguably the most electrifying live performance ever by a front man – and it’s clear Malek has done his homework.
There can be few tougher things to do than to be convincing as such a unique performer, doing one of the most famous performances off all time, and which was and has been seen by countless millions.
Brian May was standing in the wings during shooting, and judging by his expression, he approves.
Some really interesting perspectives in the video as well about how movies are filmed…
See the original video of this entrance, and more on the story HERE.