Rami Malek (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’): Freddie Mercury fought for us to be who we really are [WATCH]

“He’s a man of the people and a man who wants everybody to shout out loud exactly who they want to be,” said Rami Malek about Freddie Mercury, the legendary rock star he plays in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film opens on November 2, but he previewed the film for SAG Awards voters in New York City on Sunday night, October 28, along with his co-stars Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee and Joe Mazzello, and producer Graham King. Watch Malek discuss Mercury’s lasting impact above.

“There was so much conflict with him as a young boy trying to identify himself,” Malek explains. Before he was the lead singer of Queen, Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara and grew up in Zanzibar and India before moving to the UK when he was 18. He “came from a Zoroastrian belief that entirely stigmatized being gay, bisexual — anything that wasn’t heterosexual. And with all this brewing inside of him, all this conflict, there exists this man who gets on stage and lets it rip.”

Perhaps because of those conflicts within Mercury he was able to share with the audience the feeling that “we can be exactly who we want to be. We can be our most authentic selves in this moment when my voice meets your ears and your voice resounds right back to me on stage.” Mercury was practically a “superhero” on stage “with a cape and a crown,” but Malek also wanted to go deeper, “to find the Clark Kent to his Superman — the immigrant Clark Kent.”

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