This Side-By-Side Video Of Rami Malek's Freddie Mercury Performance Is So Accurate It's Scary
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In the new film Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek embodies the role of Queen's legendary lead singer, Freddie Mercury.

The actor is so good, it's downright scary.


Since the film came out, people have been praising Malek. Particularly, the recreation of Queen's famous Live Aid performance has been getting a lot of buzz online.

Malek even famously watched the performance around 1500 times and had the recording on set to make sure it matched just right.

Watch video side by side of Rami Malek playing Mercury at Live Aid and the real Mercury here.

It certainly shows!






But it wasn't just Malek's efforts. There's a whole cast and crew behind the scenes making sure it comes out just right. In this case, movement coach Polly Bennett had the unenviable task of bringing a legend back from the dead.

Bennet did a healthy amount of research into Mercury's history, determining the reasons for his movements before instructing Malek.

"Everyone moves [differently] because of what they've experienced, what they've seen, who their family is, what space they've grown up in. This is what I've called a 'movement heritage'."

The Live Aid performance was particularly tricky.

They had to find a way to recreate the famous singer's penchant for spontaneity, while making it as accurate as possible to the scene. This is where such precise movements came in.

"When he did the whole section, beat by beat, gesture for gesture, breathing at the right time, flipping the microphone at the right time, not skipping a line, picking up a guitar, playing the right chords—'proud' doesn't even begin to describe it."

It looks like audiences agree!







The film released on November 2, and has Oscar buzz for this scarily accurate portrayal. Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, and Joseph Mazzello.

H/T: Buzzfeed, The Hollywood Reporter

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