To perfect his performance as Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek claims he watched Queen’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 over 1,500 times. I don’t care how much you’re being paid, that’s one hell of a commitment.

Speaking on trying to replicate the legendary Live Aid performance, Rami Malek said:

That’s something we tried to get move for move, even just gesture for gesture perfectly.

It felt like I had it in my bones and I didn’t want to keep going back to it. It felt like sometimes you would lose a little bit of the authenticity if you tried to nail it so perfectly.

Things won’t exactly always match up, there might be a hint of something that’s off, but I think that kept it feeling really alive and in the moment and it was better to sacrifice it that way, but yeah, I was watching it non-stop.

It’s fair to say he did a phenomenal job.

You can see him perform Bohemian Rhapsody from a distance here – again side by side – and it’s uncanny…

See I thought I could do a convincing Mick Jagger by just walking around a stage and cocking my head quite a lot but it looks like, in the unlikely scenario in which I’m cast to play the singer, there would be a lot more work involved to be convincing.

Damn you, Malek. Making my life harder and all that…

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