Freddie Mercury, the frontman of the band Queen, is one of the most lovable icons of the 20th Century.
He had an indomitable presence on stage that most agree could not be emulated by anyone. That was till Rami Malek came along.
30-year-old Malek, whose breakthrough performance came in 2015’s USA drama Mr. Robot as the lead character, did something that no-one else thought was possible. He played Freddie Mercury to a ‘T’ in the latter’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, that was released in 2018.
Mercury’s bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor, who were creative consultants in the movie, were moved by Malek’s uncanny ability to emulate Mercury on stage. Even Mercury’s sister broke down upon first meeting Malek when he dressed up as Mercury.
Awards do not justify Malek’s talent
Fresh off the presses is news that Malek has won the 2019 BAFTA for Best Actor for his performance of and as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. He has also won 2019’s Golden Globe for Best Actor for the same performance.
He has also been nominated for 2019’s Best Actor Oscar for the same performance.
But this is not his first tryst with awards. Malek has been nominated or two Golden Globes, an Emmy, two Satellite Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, among others, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2016.
The simple truth is that Malek does not have enough acting credits under his belt that would allow audience to appreciate his talent. If it were so, we are very sure that he would have many more awards on his mantle.
Becoming Rami Malek
The son of Egyptian immigrants, Malek has been acting ever since graduating from University of Evansville in Indiana. His first ever role in a television sitcom was a blink-and-miss role in Gilmore Girls and then he went on to voice small bits in video games.
His first meaty role was in the HBO series The Pacific that was co-produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. His performance was critically hailed and he became an overnight success. But the role and the script had such a deep impact on him that he quit acting for over a year and went to live in Argentina.
However, his performance left a deep impression on another person, the show’s co-producer Tom Hanks, who later cast him in 2010’s Larry Crowne.
His other supporting roles that garnered much attention were that of an Egyptian prince in Night at the Museum series and a small part in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. During 2010 and 2015, he also acted in two movies directed by Spike Lee and the two have remained ever since.
Malek loves to hate social media
Well, maybe hate is a strong word. But he does strongly dislike it.
Though he mostly comes across as immensely reserved in most on-screen interviews, he dismisses this notion and says: “I’m an exuberant person. I thrive on affection. I like chit chat … One of the great things about living in New York is that you meet so many strangers—and I love encounters with strangers. … What I mean is I love meeting people and hearing their stories”
Though he has now gathered worldwide acclaim, he says that he chooses to keep as much of a low profile as he can when he is traveling abroad.
He is also extremely guarded about his personal life. He only recently confirmed that he is dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star, Lucy Boynton.
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