“Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek covers the December 2018/January 2019 issue of The Advocate magazine photographed by Aingeru Zorita.
“What I find very revolutionary about him [Freddie Mercury] is he refused to ever be defined…or be categorized or be put into a box. He was a performer and he wanted to make music and share that music and have that relationship with an audience. There was this ability he had and a desire to connect with everyone in the audience, and not the people just at the front of the stage. You see him when he’s performing — he rarely looks down at the first few rows. He’s reaching out to everyone in that audience. And I think that was his statement. That was his great ability as a human being, is to create this sense of unity. That is one way, I think, I don’t know, that’s one thing I find so satisfying about this story.”
“I was cognizant of every aspect of how we were approaching that part of the story, [Mercury’s gay life]” says Malek. “That aspect of that part of Freddie’s life with Paul Prenter feels true to life, so it’s another moment where the decision to go there felt like it was coming from an accurate place. But I do wholeheartedly understand exactly what you’re saying. Those were decisions that were out of my control. I pushed as hard as I could to make sure we saw Freddie in a loving relationship with Jim and the evolution of that relationship. It’s the time construct of when Jim and Freddie actually met … it was around that period of Live Aid so that, unfortunately, you don’t get to see the actual love life with Jim Hutton,” because the movie concludes shortly after the concert.
[Photo Credit: Aingeru Zorita/Advocate Magazine]