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Rami Malek, the actor who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the latest “Bohemian Rhapsody” biopic, spoke in an interview with Hollywood Reporter and explained what he learned from the story of Freddie Mercury.

He said that ‘it was an evolution not only for me as an actor but as a human being’. Here’s the statement:

“Ultimately, I’m proud of the way I conducted myself throughout this film. I can say that every day I got up with the intention of honoring this man’s story, doing justice to it, and that put me in a position of leadership that I treasure.

I learned so much from the experience, not only of obviously playing this man, attempting to fill his shoes, but you know, hopefully he would appreciate the way I approached persevering through every moment, putting myself in a role of leadership and taking on the weight of that as well.

It was an evolution not only for me as an actor but as a human being. I hope that doesn’t come off as self-aggrandizing.”

Interviewer said ‘Do you feel like there’s any other part of this story that is especially timely for right now?’ and Rami responded:

The word “revolutionary” comes to me all the time. I think he was someone who never hid who he was, but he didn’t want to become a poster child for anyone’s cause. He did things on his own terms and was true to himself. That’s what new generations will identify with, his defiant spirit. I think he’d like society today.

People, they’re just so much more than their sexuality — it’s not a label that defines who a person is or who they’re going to be. For Freddie, he lived by his mantra and he didn’t want to be segregated or marginalized — just appreciated for his authentic self.”

Click here to entire interview.