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Rami Malek on performing with Freddie Mercury’s “pretty difficult” teeth

Rami Malek has spoken about some of the challenges he faced while playing Freddie Mercury in the Queen (opens in new tab) biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (opens in new tab).

The actor was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his celebrated performance – but in a new interview with The Wrap (opens in new tab), Malek says it wasn’t an easy part to play, especially when it came to accurately portraying the iconic frontman.

Malek began getting into character by practicing with a set of fake teeth long before the cameras started to roll and and he says: “They started out being pretty difficult to deal with.

“We tried out all different sizes and when they first went in I felt very insecure, but immediately I compensated. 

“Physically, I started to sit with more posture and elegance and I thought, ‘Oh, he is so elegant!’ You see him covering up his lips and his teeth all the time, and I could never quite get the hang of it. But as soon as those teeth went in, it was done. It was little things like that that were very informative for me.”

Malek also admits that there was much about Queen he didn’t know prior to accepting the role and had to catch up quickly.

He says: “I knew the songs, I knew what Freddie Mercury looked like, I knew he was a gay icon and is an icon to all of us, but I had no idea of the glam-rock period. 

“I had no idea of his look pre-mustache. I didn’t know what his real name was. I didn’t know what his ethnicity was. I didn’t know that he had a love named Mary Austin whom he was with for six years and who he proposed to.”

Malek adds: “I tried to pick everybody’s brain. I was basically going through the rock star phone book and seeing if anyone would pick up my call.”

Along with his Golden Globe nomination in the Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama, the film itself has also been shortlisted in the Best Motion Picture - Drama category (opens in new tab).

The winners will be announced at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, on January 6.

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack (opens in new tab)
The official soundtrack to the Queen biopic features previously unreleased audio from Live Aid, new versions of old favourites and a selection of songs from the band’s back catalogue.

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