The new Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been delighting fans and breaking box office records, with praise pouring in for actor Rami Malek’s on point portrayal of front-man Freddie Mercury, but a new viral video has revealed just how closely Malek worked to achieve Mercury’s signature moves in the legendary Live Aid performance.
A clip uploaded to Twitter by user amassing over 8.5 million views at the time writing shows the original Live Aid performance side-by-side with the recreation in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, with Rami Malek perfectly capturing every movement, facial expression and emphasis from Mercury. The footage aligns with each other’s so well that you can tell the effort that went in to doing this landmark event in Queen’s career right. Watch the video below:
Fans have responded to the incredible likeness between the two performances, exclaiming that “If Rami isn’t nominated for an Oscar for this performance I will riot”, “Thanks for letting us live in this moment.” and “I love the passion Rami had for the role, the amount of time he spent studying Freddy. Absolutely amazing.”
Malek of course spent a long time studying with London-based movement coach and choreographer Polly Bennett to learn how to be Mercury. In an interview with Billboard, Bennett described how they dived into his history to learn why he moved the way he did, from how he was a long distance runner in school and a boxer to his insecurity over his teeth and holding the mic to cover them.
“There’s just an eloquence and elegance to him that you see when he’s on stage, and then you can [see] where all that was birthed from,” Malek said about studying Mercury. “I mean, not many artists are wearing an entire head-to-toe leather outfit, sipping a champagne flute and telling their audience to strip naked if they please. And he still comes off with this essence of royalty.”
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