Playing Freddie Mercury was gun-to-head-moment: Rami Malek
The film will have its world premiere at London's Wembley Arena on October 23 with the worldwide release scheduled on November 2
Rami Malek, who is playing the role of late Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, felt huge pressure upon realising that he had been offered the biggest role of his career so far. "Kind of a gun-to-the-head moment (the offer), what do you do? And I like to think if it's a fight or flight situation, I'm going to fight. The scariest endeavours that I've chosen to take on in my life have been the most fulfilling and rewarding. And this has proven to defend that equation," he says.
Responding to speculations that the film is not going to depict the Queen frontman's battle with AIDS, the Mr. Robot actor adds, "What's the nature of celebrating a life? Definitely not avoiding his death in any way, or what caused his death, which was the AIDS virus. But I think if you don't celebrate his life, and his struggles, and how complicated he was, and how transformative he was - and wallow instead in the sadness of what he endured and his ultimate death - then that could be a disservice to the profound, vibrant, radiant nature of such an indelible human being."
The film will have its world premiere at London's Wembley Arena on October 23 with the worldwide release scheduled on November 2.