How 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Hair and Makeup Pro Turned Rami Malek Into Freddie Mercury


Jan Sewell, who was tasked with taking the actor from Mercury at age 19 into his late 30s, used a prosthetic nostril, eye make-up and faux tooth to show the "Mr. Robot" star into the Queen frontman.

Capturing the power and flamboyance of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody meant a dramatic transformation for Rami Malek, finest often known as the twitchy lead character in USA's TV drama Mr. Robot. Hair and make-up division head Jan Sewell was challenged to take Malek, 37, from Mercury at age 19 into his late 30s.

"Certainly components of his face actually appear like Freddie, however then there are different components that don't," says Sewell. "Rami's nostril was a bit greater, so we placed on a tiny prosthetic nostril to offer him the very straight, aquiline nostril that Freddie had — and since that additionally helped carry Rami's eyes in a bit."

She used eye make-up — with shading to make his eyes seem nearer collectively — and shaded in his cheeks. "Rami has a improbable jawline, not too completely different from Freddie, however I introduced that out much more."

And after all the division had a number of mouthfuls of tooth made to extra intently match Mercury's recognizable chompers. "We went by many pairs till we obtained the pair that we thought would do what we would have liked them to do, however wouldn't take over."

The accuracy of Sewell's work was confirmed when Queen bandmember Brian May's spouse, Anita, got here to set. Says Sewell: "Rami got here as much as the stage as Freddie in his later look, and he or she burst into tears. It was so emotional."

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