- According to a new profile by The New York Times, Rami Malek practiced singing with a set of Freddie Mercury’s teeth he had created for his role as the Queen frontman in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
- Malek carried the set with him in a plastic container and put them into his mouth every night to prepare before the film was even greenlit.
- It proved useful when the first scene shot for the film was Queen’s iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985.
Actor Rami Malek went to great lengths to prepare for his role as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Before the film was even greenlit, Malek practiced with a fake set of Freddie Mercury teeth.
In an interview with The New York Times, Malek said that a costume designer recreated a set of Mercury’s teeth that Malek carried with him in a plastic container and put into his mouth to practice singing every night. The Times said that Mercury had four extra upper back teeth that gave him an overbite, and Malek wanted to embrace that as much as possible.
Malek also worked with a dialect and movement coach in London, according to the Times, who had him study those who inspired Mercury, such as Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Liza Minnelli’s performance in the 1972 musical film “Cabaret.”
“It was almost more useful at times to watch Liza than it was to watch Freddie himself,” Malek told the Times. “You found the inspiration and birth of those movements.”
It all became useful when the film was greenlit and the first scene shot was Queen’s iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985. The Times said that Malek’s voice was mixed with his own, Mercury’s, and Canadian singer Marc Martel’s to create Mercury’s singing voice for the film.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” comes to theatres November 2.
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