A band of five parading people played "Do not stop me now" at the far end of the third floor walkway inside AMC Loews Boston Commons: a great entrance for the actors at the first stop of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" press tour " Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon), Gwilym Lee (Brian May) and the award-winning Emmy Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury) arrived on the fashionable miniature red carpet. In between the band and the carpet, the actors seemed larger than life, which made their genuine warmth even more rewarding.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a celebration of Queen – her rise to success, her struggle and her revolutionary music – tracing the band's path from its inception to its legendary 1985 live concert "Aid Aid" to alleviate Ethiopian hunger. Mercury faces her bisexuality, and the film captures the brave return of Mercury in the wake of her AIDS diagnosis.
Harvard Crimson had the opportunity to speak with Malek, Mazzello and Lee about their experience in the creation of the film, which presents recreations of numerous performances by Queen. In fact, the renowned rock band offered some of the most famous performances in history, posing the question: How did the cast prepare itself to take on such a daunting task?
"Work." Hours and hours studying images of the band playing and studying interviews, manners, physicality and their voices, "Lee said The actors also received help from a very special guest Brian May, Queen's lead guitarist, was the producer musical of the movie.
"When we were doing live shows, he would be on the set," Lee said. "On the first day of rehearsals, meeting him was quite scary, but he came directly to us, gave us a big hug and, from that moment on, we felt that we had his support and his blessing. It was amazing. "Instead of giving technical advice, May directed the cast on how they could physically sell Queen's performances.
In addition to May's guidance, Malek made sure to prepare for his Mercury role in file research and even more physical training.
"If you're going to play Freddie Mercury, you'd better honor the man and do him justice, which means being as bold and liberated as you can be," Malek said. After seeing almost all the Mercury file images that were found, Malek went from being a casual fan to a serious devotee.
"I worked with a dialect trainer and a movement trainer, who helped me to articulate his physique in normal daily life and on stage as well. Freddie was not choreographed, so he did not want to work with a choreographer, "said Malek." He wanted to be able to burn almost spontaneously like he does on stage. "Everything is impulsive with him, and he wanted to be as impulsive as he could day by day on that stage and with every sentence every day for six months."
Almost everyone knows the iconic applause of "We Will Rock You" and the contagious influence of "We Are the Champions". Queen is known for incorporating the audience into her shows, and the band's Live Aid performance goes down in history as the most eminent example. When filming the concert that was to be the final scene in "Bohemian Rhapsody", more than 500 extras were present to recreate the immensity of the experience.
"We invite Queen fans to come see the movie," said Malek. "There is that relationship that you need to feed on them to do some of these concert moments. You really feel the difference [between] when they are there and when they are not, and you need to be lifted up. "
The live performance of "We Are the Champions" was Mazzello's favorite scene to shoot. "I had an extracorporeal experience doing that," he said. "I was on stage trying to remember the choreography and I just thought:" I can not believe I'm doing this & # 39; ".
For Mazzello, Queen as a band and as captured within "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a band for everyone. "They really talk to marginalized and marginalized people," said Mazzello. "They always play that person in the back of the room who feels a little lonely, who had a difficult day at school or at work. They really want to give pleasure to as many people as possible. That's what we want to do with this movie too, so if you like to enjoy it, that's the point. "
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is scheduled to hit US theaters UU The 2nd of November.
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