Bohemian Rhapsody is a rock bio that gives an insight into the making of the most legendary rock band of all time Queen. The movie has been number one ever since it was officially released worldwide and it absolutely blew everyone away. But like in everything else, there’s always a person or two who will not be satisfied and will spread negativity. Among all the amazing reviews that the movie received, one writer, in particular, wasn’t very impressed with the way they represented the band and attacked, specifically, the lead actor Rami Malek’s performance. She directly called out the actor for not actually singing in the biopic and she completely denigrated his acting skills by saying he is ‘just lip-synching to Queen.’ As you can imagine this article was followed by hundreds of comments of people who were there to support Malek.
One of the first comments that got the most attention came from a person called Aaron Alejos. He told BoredPanda.com: “The clickbaity headline made it seem like they were bashing Malek for not being able to sing like Freddie Mercury, but then in the article, they say, ‘Rami Malek never had a shot at replicating Freddie Mercury’s voice. Well, which is it? Are you bashing him (as is evidenced by their headlines), or do they understand that no one can replicate Freddie Mercury’s voice (as is stated in their article)? Their tagline of ‘called out’ is what sounded the most ridiculous to me. Called out? For what? For being an actor and playing a part?”
“I hate it when the tagline doesn’t accurately represent what the article is about,” he continued. “The writers of these articles make up sensationalist headlines to try and get people riled up and create traffic for their sites. Kudos to them, it works. It’s insulting to the readers, but honestly, I don’t even visit the sites to read the news anymore. Comment sections are more entertaining for me than the articles themselves.”
To get ready for the role Rami got his hands on as many Queen books, documentaries, and interview clips as he possibly could. He also spoke to Brian May and Roger Taylor in great detail about their bandmate. “They told me he was the peacemaker,” he says. “You could tell there was a unique bond between them that will exist throughout time in their music. It was a beautiful thing to get it from them in person and see how much they cared for him.”
The actor wore prosthetic teeth to recreate the famous overbite and four extra upper teeth that Freddie had. “He had a real insecurity about that,” says Malek. “If you watch an interview with him you see how often he’s trying to cover up his teeth with his lips or his hand.”
“It is an amalgamation of a few voices,” Malek told Metro when asked outright if it’s his voice we’re hearing. “But predominantly it is my hope and the hope of everyone that we will hear as much of Freddie as possible. I think that is the goal for all of us.”
Marc Martel is a Canadian Christian rock singer whose voice is practically identical to Freddie Mercury’s. “Literally, you could close your eyes and it’s Freddie,” says producer Graham King. “And that’s a very tough thing to do.” Listen for yourselves:
Scroll down to see some more of the reaction and how people shut down the person who called Rami out for ‘lip-syncing” on social media: