I hate to walk this back, but I’m beginning to think The Curse Of Freddie Mercury may be a fallacy and the problems with the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody are entirely the fault of Bryan Singer, and Bryan Singer alone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bryan was skating on thin ice before a single frame was shot. Several Fox executives and producers are speaking out about why Bryan got hired despite his reputation for tempestuous and unprofessional behavior, and why nobody was surprised when he was fired for the same.
With a rumored Esquire exposé looming in the wings, people are getting a little looser lipped about Bryan’s bad behavior. THR reports that Bryan was prone to temper tantrums, tardiness or simply not showing up. All things he had been warned about prior to his hiring. One altercation resulted in him throwing a piece of electrical equipment during an argument withRami Malek who plays Freddie.
Tensions escalated into an on-set altercation between Singer and his star (by all accounts, one of the nicest actors in the business). With reports of a piece of electrical equipment thrown by Singer (though not at anyone), a complaint — apparently from Malek — prompted Fox to dispatch several execs to London.
In a statement, Bryan addressed the altercation with Rami.
“Any discussion about fights between myself and Rami Malek are simply an exaggeration of a few creative differences that were quickly resolved. This is normal on a film set. And I think the work speaks for itself.”
After that incident, Bryan said he had to go home, “he said he was exhausted and something got thrown in that his mom was not well”. The studio said no, but he went anyway. That was over Thanksgiving, and by December 1st Bryan had been fired. A studio source says that Bryan had complained that he hadn’t been allowed to care for “a gravely ill parent” but it turns out Bryan was lying like Ferris Bueller about his momma, because instead of staying in New Jersey with her, he was spotted in LA a few days later.
It boggles the mind as to why Fox even hired him in the first place considering the problems they had with him on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse. During that shoot, insiders claim he was “emotionally very frail” and would cry when confronted. He was also distracted by “visitors constantly coming and going” whom he would put up in hotel rooms. The person who reported that said:
“I was kind of shocked when they went forward with Rhapsody. How many at-bats do you get?”
Preach it, person! Bryan must know where a lot of bodies are buried. Apparently Bryan got the job by fanboying the hardest. BR producer Graham King explained why Bryan got the job.
He [King] wasn’t exactly an X-Men buff, but when the conversation turned to Mercury, Singer’s eyes lit up. After that, the director was obsessed with the project, calling and texting relentlessly. (While the film was in production in London, Singer’s hotel room was covered wall to wall with images of Mercury.)
No, nothing at all creepy there. Freddie, I’m sorry I blamed this mess on you. You are probably up there minding your own business, exploring the Ancient Rome section of heaven, and not giving a shit about us poor mortals down here who are stuck with the likes of Bryan. And you’ll probably never even have to meet his ass. He’s probably won’t ever be coming your way. Lucky you.