For Rami Malek playing Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury was far more than perfecting an impersonation – he had to become him.
And in Bohemian Rhapsody he does just that.
From the strut, the preening, drawn out darling and stage presence, he has it all.
The movie biopic shows the Queen star’s rise to fame, from joining Smile with Brian May and Roger, to ditching his birth name, Farrokh Bulsara.
Malek capturing Mercury is quite an impressive feat bearing in mind the star was always elusive in interviews, private in conversations and adept at creating an on stage persona.
He called himself a "dandy" a "musical prostitute" – two things that are broached in the biopic – but very gives away personal details, using his wit as a barrier to questions.
"I kept searching for ways into the man and then I realised, he left us a diary and it’s in all of the songs," Malek told the BBC.
The film has been met with mixed reaction, with critics suggesting it gives nothing of the real man, and shies away from the real drama – the drugs, drinking, sex scandals and parties.
You get a glimpse of that Freddie as he holds an outlandish party with dwarves and ‘interesting people’, cocaine on tables and champagne in hand.
The movie focuses on the 70s to 1985, with Live Aid looking at his relationship with Mary Austin and his personal manager Paul, and partner Jim Hutton.
At it’s heart is Rami Malek, and the hours of work he put in to bring Freddie to life.
As well as a six hour audition, he studied old footage of early Queen to capture the mannerisms and stage talk.
He visited London to singing and piano lessons, and worked with a dialect coach and choreographer Polly Bennett to capture the voice and stance.
Then there was the teeth…
Rami Malek’s extra teeth – Freddie Mercury’s overbite
Mercury explains in the movie that he was born with "four extra incisors" which he argued gave him better range.
The incisors pushed his front upper teeth into a noticeable overbite.
Malek had false teeth made before shooting began, and he wore them in the lead up when taking breaks between takes on Mr Robot to make sure he got used to them.
The result? Rami Malek becomes Freddie Mercury.
Bohemian Rhapsody is out in cinemas.
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