Please, link hands and join me in prayer:
Dear God of Airbrushing, in the name of Mimi thy most anointed disciple, I beseech thee oh Lord to deliver young Rami Malek, a fine, strong actor, a talented performer whose only crime was to forsake all good judgment to embrace the bio pic that wasn’t, Lord, he was led astray by Queen and taken into the darkness of a movie about Freddie Mercury that lo is not actually about Freddie but is on some other shit, oh Father forgive those who hath airbrushed and photoshopped young Rami to within an inch of his life, creating a shiny CGI looking false profit of the most revered and great Freddie in the name of the Father and The Holy Spirit I pray for his deliverance. Amen.
Okay, here he is.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 6, 2017
I mean, it’s not really that bad right? He kind of looks like him, from this particular angle. In addition to sharing photos of Rami Malek in full Freddie Mercury drag, Entertainment Weekly also has the scoop on Rami’s preparations for tackling the role in the upcoming Queen-endorsed film, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Parts of the movie that feature singing will utilize either Malek’s own voice or recordings of Mercury, with a sound alike filling in the gaps. “We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek says.”I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”
Three different voices on a single track, what could go wrong? God bless Rami for putting it all out there for this project. It’s not the Freddie movie we wanted, but it’s the Freddie movie we are getting. Well, it’s not really a Freddie movie is it? Queen and director Bryan Singer have made that quite clear.
Singer, who last helmed 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, describes his approach to Bohemian Rhapsody as “not a traditional biopic” but rather a story honoring the music, an angle hinted at by the film’s limited time frame. “It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored,” Singer says. “It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”
If the movie really is about collaboration, I wonder if Entertainment Weekly will also soon reveal the dramatic and exciting first airbrushed production pictures of the actors playing Queen founders Brian May and Roger Taylor? You know, celebrate the God that is Freddie with the others parts of Queen? Yeah, I probably shouldn’t be waiting for that one.