Rami Malek 'is sensational' in Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 October 2018
Rami Malek

Rami Malek

Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel has hailed Rami Malek, saying he is "absolutely sensational" in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Rami Malek is "absolutely sensational" in 'Bohemian Rhapsody', according to cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel.

The 37-year-old actor stars as Freddie Mercury in the biographical drama and Newton has hailed his performance in the new movie.

He said: "I think the movie is fabulous. It is a real celebration of Queen and their music and Freddie Mercury's genius.

"And I think it's both truthful and celebratory at the same time, which is a rare and wonderful combination, especially in a period of history that's not necessarily the most peaceful and tranquil.

"I think Rami Malek is absolutely sensational. At this point, I can't actually imagine the movie or Freddie being played by anybody else. He so thoroughly inhabits the character, and it's really breathtaking."

Despite this, Newton still found Rami to be "terrifically easy" to work with.

Speaking about the actor – who also stars in the popular TV drama series 'Mr. Robot' – Newton told Collider: "Rami goes very deep into the character, but he's very accessible, still, as an actor, when you are working with him on set. So he's actually quite easy to work with as a performer. And he's very savvy technically.

"I think that enables him to move in and out of character in a way that actually makes my job very easy. He's terrifically easy actor to work with."

Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 2 stars
  • 2018
  • UK / USA
  • 1h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers
  • UK release: 24 October 2018

The Freddie Mercury story. Malek as Mercury does a great job, with a passionate and impressive performance, but despite the recreation of momentous performances it’s a disappointingly tame affair, with a by-the-numbers screenplay and a bland lack of insight into Mercury’s heritage or sexuality.

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