Nick Evans of CinemaBlend published a recent article about Bohemian Rhapsody and revealed the process of how Rami Malek got into shape and trained hard to look exactly like Freddie Mercury in front of the camera.
A trainer who worked with stars like 50 Cent and Kevin Love, Jay Cardiello was also the trainer of Rami Malek and here is what he said about him:
“When you look at Freddie Mercury when he got on stage at Live Aid, he was muscular, he was ripped. [Malek] had to pack on muscle, and we had to do it in a smart way.”
Here is the rest of the story:
“Jay Cardiello had Rami Malek primarily stick to bodyweight exercises and intervals of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off, to pack on lean muscle. Some of the exercises in his program included a single-leg squat to press, breakdancers, stability holds, unilateral rotations and marching rows, all of which you can see in a video on Men’s Health. The result of all this is that Rami Malek packed on the muscle to look like Freddie Mercury did at Live Aid, but the look wasn’t the only goal.
In addition to making sure Rami Malek looked the part physically, this program was also designed to make sure that he could move like Freddie. So the unilateral movements of some of those exercises were meant to improve Rami’s athleticism and balance so he could perform on stage with the same kind of charismatic physicality that Freddie Mercury did. The result of all that training is a muscular and athletic physique that’s not just for show.
You can’t argue with results since Rami Malek netted a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody. Who knows, those muscles may also come in handy for his next part as the villain in Bond 25.”
You can watch Sean O’Connell of CinemaBlend’s interviews with the Bohemian Rhapsody actors: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton and more… They talked about Freddie Mercury and how was it like work with Mike Myers and Live Aid.
The cast also shares their opinion if Queen gets the respect they deserve or not.
Here is the video below.
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