Brian May says Freddie Mercury 'would have loved' Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 October 2018
Brian, Rami and Roger

Brian May, Rami Malek and Roger Taylor

Queen star Brian May has claimed Freddie Mercury "would have loved" 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Brian May thinks Freddie Mercury "would have loved" 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

The Queen guitarist – who starred alongside the iconic musician in the band – has hailed the long-awaited biopic, but insisted it is "not a Queen movie, it's a Freddie movie".

Speaking at the film's world premiere at Wembley in London on Tuesday (23.10.18), Brian explained: "The whole deal was to do Freddie justice in a way that he would enjoy and would be worthy of him.

"It's all there, the humour is there, the talent is there, the heartbreak is there.

"There's a lot of tears and a lot of joy in this movie. So yes, it's always Freddie. Freddie, Freddie, Freddie. Because this is the one chance we got to make the film about Freddie."

The movie has been a decade in the making and Brian – who was a driving forced behind the project – admitted that being able to attend the premiere was a special moment for himself.

The 71-year-old musician – who was joined at the premiere by the likes of Rami Malek, who plays Freddie in the movie, and bandmate Roger Taylor – told Sky News: "I feel very over-excited.

"We're like children ... because of course you expect it because we've been on this journey, we've seen the film a lot, but this moment is very special.

"It's a one-off. Who would ever think this would happen in their lifetime?"

Brian is played by Gwilym Lee in the film and he was impressed by the actor's performance.

He said: "My kids saw the trailer and they said, 'Dad, you must have done the voice for him.'

"I said no, he's an actor, he's a great actor. He really is."

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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