If you’re reading this I’ll assume you’re aware of who Queen is and who Freddie Mercury was. You may also be aware of the film released in 2018 called “Bohemian Rhapsody”, where the story of Freddie’s life and his rise to fame was told.
The film received many accolades including a Golden Globe Award in 2019 for Best Picture. The actor that played the main character, Freddie Mercury, in the movie was Rami Malek. For his fantastic performance in the movie, he was personally awarded a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award and a BFTA. Below you can see a very clever video edit of the original Queen performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert alongside the final scene of the 2018 movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical film about Freddie Mercury, the lead singer for one of the most successful British rock bands ever, Queen. Directed by Bryan Singer and produced by Graham Kind alongside the Queen manager Jim Beach, the film follows the band’s formation and progress until their final performance at Live Aid in 1985.
The 37-year-old actor Rami Malek was reported saying he had to watch Queens original Live Aid performance on YouTube over 1000 times before he was confident he could replicate the show in the final scene of the Biopic. Rami said: “It felt like I had it in my bones”. Brain May, the guitarist from the rock band Queen, said that Rami’s performance was “Flawless”.
The film was originally planned to be released with Sacha Baron Cohen set to play Freddie Mercury in 2010. However, in 2013 with creative differences separating the director’s aims and the main character’s ideas, Sacha left the project.
The project was held up for a few years before Rami Malek was cast as Freddie Mercury in November 2016. However, the project didn’t run smoothly from there. Bryan Singer, who was the film director throughout most of the earlier main photography, was fired after he clashed with other crew and cast members and stopped showing up for work. Dexter Fletcher, who was originally set to direct the movie, was brought in to finish the filming and received an executive producer credit. Bryan Singer retained sole director credit as per Directors Guild of America guidelines.
After all the problems on the road to creating the movie, the film was released on the 24th of October 2018, in the UK. (BOX OFFICE 903.7 million USD)
The Live Aid performance, at the original Wembley Stadium, is still referred to amongst music fans as one of the greatest ever live performances. The 2018 movie brings additional context to performance bringing clarity to the stories leading up to the legendary performance.
If you haven’t seen it?
This is the original full set video of Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985. Dubbed as the greatest ever live performance and one never to be forgotten.