How Rami Malek Mastered Freddie Mercury's Moves For 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

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Bohemian Rhapsody rocked the field workplace following its Nov. 2 opening, raking in $50 million its first weekend in North America. The Freddie Mercury movie had the second-biggest begin of all time for a music biopic, behind solely Straight Outta Compton in 2015 ($60.2 million). One of the important thing elements to its success? Actor Rami Malek’s convincing portrayal of Queen’s flamboyant frontman. Malek’s motion coach, London-based Polly Bennett (The Crown), breaks down the nuances of Mercury’s signature model.

ATHLETIC FORM

“[Freddie] was a long-distance runner in school and a boxer. This provides us a motive why Freddie ran throughout the stage and punched the air, and [allows me to explain to] Rami: ‘This is why that character strikes the way in which that he does.’ It’s attention-grabbing that Freddie solely did solo sports activities, quite than soccer or rugby or any type of workforce sport. In itself, that creates a bodily angle.”

OVERCOMING INSECURITY

“If you’ve obtained one thing that you simply’re self-conscious of, your physique goes to reply. It’s the identical for Freddie’s giant tooth. Onstage, he holds his microphone extremely near his lips. He’s utilizing the equipment as each his energy and his self-consciousness.”

OLD-HOLLYWOOD FLAIR

“He enjoys the flamboyance and the curly fingers of Marlene Dietrich and Liza Minnelli. He loves the pinnacle turns and little kicks. And generally, these kicks are actually sensible -- he appears to be stepping over microphone leads, however he turns them right into a transfer. There’s a sure consciousness of bodily gesture that he's emanating.”

This article initially appeared within the Nov. 10 subject of Billboard.