Bohemian Rhapsody's Rami Malek reveals Freddie Mercury story: "I don't know if

Rami Malek shared an anecdote about Freddie Mercury’s iconic Live Aid performance when he took to the red carpet for the BAFTAs.

The actor, who won Best Actor for his role as the Queen frontman in Bohemian Rhapsody, shared the story of how Bob Geldof rang Mercury to get him to take part in the event.

Rami Malek , speaking to presenters Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary on the Baftas red carpet, said Geldof had told him what was said the evening before.

“I don’t know if Bob Geldof will kill me for this but I saw him and met him last night and what he said to me is he called Freddie and he told them, ‘Freddie, I think that there’s an event that was made especially for Queen and especially for you,’” the actor said. 

“And he goes, ‘This audience is made for Freddie,’ and Freddie said, ‘What do you mean, darling?’ and he said, ‘Well, it’s the world’ and Freddie goes, ‘I see what you mean.’”

Malek also called Mercury “the gift that keeps giving” and shared his love of London.

 

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Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
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He said performing Live Aid for the film really bonded the cast of Bohemian Rhapsody.

” We call it our own band now,” he said. “Beginning the film with Live Aid, it was kind of a baptism by fire. We galvanised ourself as a group and that was it. I formed some of the best friends of my life from it.

“And we’ve been able to share that with Bryan May and Roger Taylor.”

Malek also had some good news for fans. 

“Shooting here quite honestly was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” he revealed. “Going from Abbey Road Studios, Air Studios, and see all of London and fall in love with it. To the point that I’m now looking for a place to live here!”

During his BAFTA speech Malek also thanked Dexter Fletcher, who became director when director Bryan Singer was fired from the film.

“It’s quite difficult entering your world in this role as an outsider,” he also said during his speech. “You Brits, you do it so well. It’s not lost on me how sacred your musical heritage is. Thank you so much to Queen and to the greatest outsider of them all for being so unwavering and unflinching and uncompromising in every which way  – thank you, Freddie Mercury.”

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