Speaking to The Wrap, Rami Malek, the actor who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the movie, has revealed how he prepared for the role.
In the meantime, he confessed an interesting fact. He said that “I didn’t know much about Queen”. Here’s the statement:
“I didn’t know much about Queen. 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.”
He also said that ‘I spoke to Sting, Bono, Boy George, Ray Davies and, of course, Queen band members May and Taylor’ and continued:
“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.”
On Freddie Mercury’s sister, Kashmira Cooke, he said:
“I got to spend a lot of time with Kash — I call her Kash, which is a phenomenal thing I never thought I’d be doing in my life — and just being able to talk to her and hold her hand and give her a hug and have tea with her is such a gift.
And to have had this experience and to feel some kinship with Freddie Mercury and to hear stories about him through his sister, it means everything to me.”
Click here to entire interview.