Previously best known for Mr. Robot, Rami Malek transformed himself into one of the greatest rock singers ever in the 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. But the star had more than a little help when it came to replicating the late, great Freddie Mercury’s voice. So here’s a look at why Malek’s Academy Award-winning performance was very much a team effort.
It’s fair to say that Bohemian Rhapsody had a troubled shoot. The biopic of legendary British rockers Queen was announced way back in 2010 and was initially poised to star Sacha Baron Cohen as the iconic singer. However, the man behind Ali G, Borat and several other crazy characters dropped out of the movie shortly before production was due to begin in 2013 amid disagreements over the film’s creative direction.
And Baron Cohen wasn’t the only major player to jump ship early on. His mooted replacement Ben Whishaw also decided to pass on the role over concerns about the movie’s script and development. And first-choice director Dexter Fletcher left the film, too, after reportedly falling out with one of the producers.