'Bohemian Rhapsody' star Rami Malek reveals brilliant Freddie Mercury 'Live Aid' story
There's nothing like a Hollywood blockbuster to propel an actor into superstardom, and that's exactly what has happened to Rami Malek in recent months.
Unless you were a big fan of Amazon's TV hit Mr. Robot, you might have been forgiven for not knowing Malek until the release of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018. With the film getting rave reviews from fans - and Malek in particular for his stunning turn as the iconic Freddie Mercury - his stock has never been higher in Tinseltown.
With awards season well and truly upon us, Rami took to the red carpet for the BAFTAs and managed to let slip a juicy Freddie Mercury anecdote to presenters Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary.
Winner of the Best Actor gong on the night, Malek revealed how Freddie Mercury's legendary Live Aid performance came to be:
“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 shared the sentiments of many Queen addicts by admitting that Mercury is undoubtedly "the gift that keeps giving".
Next the Hollywood star paid tribute to the rest of the cast of Bohemian Rhapsody, and revealed how performing Live Aid for the film really bonded the cast.
"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 Brian May and Roger Taylor."
With the majority of the hit film being filmed in London, Malek also couldn't visit an awards show in the UK without extolling his love for England's capital.
"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!"
Check out just how incredible Malek's 'Live Aid' performance was when compared side-by-side with Freddie's:
With an audience score of 88% on popular ratings website Rotten Tomatoes, it's clear that Bohemian Rhapsody ticks all the boxes for fans of Queen - with Malek taking centre stage as true superstar Freddie Mercury. If you haven't seen it already, I suggest you check it out!