A video that compares Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody with the singer’s real Live Aid performance reveals how accurately the actor recreates every move.
Uploaded to Twitter fan account Best of Freddie Mercury shared a fan-made clip by @ThisGameIsEasy of their song ‘Radio Gaga’, with side-by-side videos from the movie and actual footage of Queen’s performance.
They wrote alongside the video, which has now had nearly 300,000 retweets: “I didn’t realise they did it this precisely.”
Watch the clip below.
I DIDNT REALIZE THEY DID IT THIS PRECISELY pic.twitter.com/05f6ZW1TMn
— BEST OF FREDDIE MERCURY (@MOMENTOFMERCURY) November 11, 2018
Malek’s movement coach, the London-based coach and choreographer Polly Bennett, spoke to Billboard about the complex process that she and Malek went through for the film.
“[Freddie] was a long-distance runner at school and a boxer,” Bennett explained, referring to Mercury’s kinetic stage presence.
“This gives us a reason why Freddie ran across the stage and punched the air, and [allows me to explain to] Rami, ‘This is why that character moves the way that he does.’ It’s interesting that Freddie only did solo sports, rather than football or rugby or any sort of team sport. In itself, that creates a physical attitude.”