Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, where he defended the biopic’s portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury, despite not showing the “entire Freddie Mercury story.”
In the interview, Malek claims that they wanted to portray as much as they could of Mercury’s life, but were constrained by the short two hour time frame they had to tell the rock legend’s story.
“I think we all would have loved to show more of Freddie’s relationship with Jim [Hutton] toward the end of his life,” Malek explains. “That relationship was absolutely gorgeous, and if I had it my way, boy, would I love to tack on another hour to this film and fill in a few gaps.”
Malek went on to explain that the goal of the movie was to show the stereotypes that Mercury was able to destroy from music conventions to how people should act in public.
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“It’s never going to be perfect in fulfilling the story of a man who we could make countless documentaries about and countless miniseries about,” the actor continued.
Apparently, Malek was aware that there would be polarizing aspects of the film no matter how they portrayed it, but he felt that they needed to focus on one period of time, and they knew they wanted to start and end the film with Live Aid.