Rami Malek to play Freddie Mercury

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  • edited November 2016
    Oh dear..... idk about this one.

    Hopefully it works out. Rami is definitely a good actor, but idk if he's the best fit. I mean, I guess Rami's fair-skinned Egyptian features might make a good fit for Freddie's fair-skinned Indian features, but those bug-eyes...........

    Sacha Baron Cohen is probably a better visual fit.
    MichelleWonderedObject
  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    Here he is prepping with Michael Rapaport (time mark 18:45)




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  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)

    Oh dear..... idk about this one.


    Hopefully it works out. Rami is definitely a good actor, but idk if he's the best fit. I mean, I guess Rami's fair-skinned Egyptian features might make a good fit for Freddie's fair-skinned Indian features, but those bug-eyes...........

    Sacha Baron Cohen is probably a better visual fit.
    It's gonna be genius.
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  • I read that Cohen dropped out because the surviving members wanted most of the movie to focus on them post Mercury death. If that's the direction they are going it's a hard pass for me.
    akritenbrinkMichelle
  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)

    I read that Cohen dropped out because the surviving members wanted most of the movie to focus on them post Mercury death. If that's the direction they are going it's a hard pass for me.

    Interesting, well he died way past their prime, so that would be kind of a difficult sell wouldn't it? I mean if I was watching a film about Queen I would expect it to be mostly based in the 70s. 

    I don't know a ton about Queen or Freddie Mercury but I just think it's awesome that all these songs that were megahits, especially "We Are the Champions," which we heard 400000000000 times in  high school in the 80s in a Midwestern sports context are all really so SUPER GAYYYYYYYYYYYYY. 

    I mean just watch this, think about high school football, and then think about Rami Malek. This brings me great joy.




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  • WonderedObjectWonderedObject SAN Francisco, CA
    Not many people fit roles so perfectly like Cohen fit Mercury. That's not a knock on Rami it's just man, I really would have loved to have seen Cohen. Kind of disappointing to hear he's no longer attached but hey maybe Rami can bring it. This is why they make trailers. 
    Michelle

  • Rami's a tremendous actor. My only thing is the great thing about SBC was that he (presumably) was going to sing on the soundtrack. I don't know that Rami (or pretty much any other actor) can effectively mimic Freddie's vocals.
  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    I feel like puking whenever I see Sacha Baron Cohen, honestly. haha
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  • DeeDee Adelaide

    I read that Cohen dropped out because the surviving members wanted most of the movie to focus on them post Mercury death. If that's the direction they are going it's a hard pass for me.

    Haha, what? Who cares about anyone in Queen other than Freddie? Oh, okay guy who's married to Angie from Eastenders, have your moment.
  • MichelleMichelle California
    edited November 2016

    I feel like puking whenever I see Sacha Baron Cohen, honestly. haha

    It's because you're seeing him as Borat, not SBC. He's a truly talented actor and the man can *sing*. I offer his role in Les Miserables as evidence.

    I am also concerned with this recast. SBC was perfect for this role. When I heard that the movie was being made with him in the lead, I was genuinely excited to see it. Now, not so much. I'm not a Mr. Robot fan, although I do admit that Malek is talented. I just don't think that he is right for the role of Freddie Mercury. Not to mention, he looks nothing like him.
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  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    But Sacha Baron Cohen created all those characters. He wasn't just playing a part for a paycheck. And he used to do all this gonzo stuff where he victimized people that weren't choosing to be involved. Ick, not my thing.
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  • DeeDee Adelaide
    I'm with you, Angie. I hate prank humour and he made his name on it.
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  • MichelleMichelle California
    That doesn't mean he isn't perfect for this role. You might not care for him personally but it's undeniable that he is a natural fit. They shot themselves in the foot with the choice to replace him with Malek.
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  • ElisaElisa Los Angeles
    Cohen is too controversial.
  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    Michelle said:

    That doesn't mean he isn't perfect for this role. You might not care for him personally but it's undeniable that he is a natural fit. They shot themselves in the foot with the choice to replace him with Malek.

    It's deniable to me. LOL
    Anyway, I guess we'll see! But I do think Rami Malek is a great actor who can find his inner Freddie Mercury. 
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