Lucy Boynton says sexual freedom is Bohemian Rhapsody's key message

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 October 2018
Lucy Boynton

Lucy Boynton

Actress Lucy Boynton has claimed that her character's relationship Freddie Mercury was "indefinable"

Lucy Boynton thinks sexual freedom is 'Bohemian Rhapsody's key message.

The 24-year-old actress – who portrays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's partner Mary in the biographical drama – has claimed that her character's relationship Freddie was "indefinable" and the movie shows the "transition throughout their relationship".

Speaking to HeyUGuys, she said: "I think that's the most beautiful thing about it and I keep using the word indefinable but how indefinable it is and how modern I suppose their attitudes were towards their relationship.

"I feel like we're now in a headspace where everyone is trying to be somewhat open-minded and they're finally waking up to the idea that sexuality doesn't define you and is also a very fluid thing as are humans.

"I think the way Freddie and Mary handled – I mean from a third-party perspective – the kind of transition throughout their relationship was because of a foundation. A very solid foundation of love and respect that allowed them to be so open and pragmatic but I think we could learn a lot from that."

Meanwhile, Rami Malek – who played the iconic musician – previously admitted that he felt "terrified" playing Freddie in the film.

He confessed: "Every part of me was terrified. But then, what are you going to do? It's an opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn't pass it up."

Despite the pressure, Rami was determined to ensure that his on-screen performance was as natural as possible.

The actor actually made a conscious decision not to imitate the Queen star, who died in 1991 from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.

He said: "I was very cognisant of not wanting to imitate him or impersonate him at all.

"I started to think about how everything he did was spontaneous, in the moment. He is someone who lived every moment as if it was his last, I feel."

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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