Rami Malek Filmed The Entire Queen Live Aid Set For 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is smashing it at the box office, spending two weeks at the top spot in the UK.

The movie is the ninth biggest hit of 2018 so far, pulling in over $100 million (£78.1m) in the US and $185 million (£144.6m) in the rest of the world. Critics and fans have heaped a ton of praise on the movie and Rami Malek for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

Malek reportedly watched Mercury's 1985 Live Aid performance more than 1,500 times to nail the scene, which he absolutely did to be fair. Malek managed to perfectly copy every little gesture, head movement and step, so all his hard-work paid off and the Live Aid scene, which ends the movie, is one of the most talked parts of it.

In a recent interview for Collider, Malek revealed that he actually performed the full six-song set for the camera, so that it could be dropped in throughout the movie, meaning that there's a complete version of the entire performance there - most likely going to end up as an extra on the DVD when its released.

Speaking to news.co.au about getting the performance spot-on, Malek previously said: "That's something we tried to get move for move, even just gesture for gesture perfectly.

"It felt like I had it in my bones and I didn't want to keep going back to it. It felt like sometimes you would lose a little bit of the authenticity if you tried to nail it so perfectly.

"Things won't exactly always match up, there might be a hint of something that's off, but I think that kept it feeling really alive and in the moment and it was better to sacrifice it that way, but yeah, I was watching it non-stop."

After clips of the scene turned up alongside the original online fans rushed to comment on how good a job Malek and the team had done, with one writing: "These dudes were literally able to recreate the greatest live show ever performed and made a new generation be able to experience it as if they were actually there. This scene literally gave me fucking CHILLS god damnit."

Another said: "They did it precisely that I got confused which is the original and which is the remake."

I reckon Freddie would be made up with this.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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