Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek has reflected on the firing of the movie’s original director Bryan Singer.
Work on the Queen-produced movie was temporarily shut down in December 2017 when Singer failed to return to set from a Thanksgiving break. Fox then confirmed that he was “no longer” the director and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, although Singer will still get a director credit.
After his exit, Singer denied claims that it was a result of a dispute with Malek, but noted that they did have “creative differences on set”, something that Malek has confirmed in an interview with Empire magazine.
“We definitely had artistic differences. All I ever wanted to do was honour Freddie and present some aspects of who he was,” he explained.
“I know I’m never going to be Freddie Mercury – that’s a losing game, right? But, in trying to get as close as you can to emulating someone, in doing the work, I felt I had a decent handle on who he was. It’s healthy to have your own opinions.
“That’s why I’m so drawn to this: it is the collaboration of so many different artists coalescing to create something that is beyond just one of them. When it becomes about one person on set, that’s a problem.”
Malek has received praise in the first reactions to the Queen biopic for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, although the rest of the movie hasn’t fared quite as well.
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