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  • Is this the real life

  • - So, Rami, your transformation into Freddie

  • for the film is pretty spot on.

  • What was it like looking in the mirror

  • and seeing Freddie Mercury staring back at you?

  • - Well, I don't think I ever really

  • saw Freddie Mercury staring back at me,

  • that would be quite freaky and chilling.

  • (everyone laughs)

  • It was great to get to do my best to emulate him.

  • And I hope I got close enough,

  • and I think when you see the film,

  • I hope people can see that I tried

  • my damn best to get as close as possible.

  • But yeah, I mean, getting the mustache

  • and putting some extra large teeth in my mouth

  • and all of the incredible costumes

  • was something that in and of itself is transformative.

  • I enjoyed the show.

  • I also, I write songs.

  • - Our lead singer just quit.

  • - Then you'll need someone new.

  • - Well, and for the rest of you,

  • performing in a scene with not Freddie Mercury

  • but something that looks damn close,

  • I mean, what was that like?

  • - The whole thing's utterly surreal.

  • I still find it surreal when I kind of say,

  • yeah, I'm Gwilym and I played Brian May.

  • It's just--

  • - [Interviewer] Well, and you had

  • quite the transformation too.

  • I don't think most people would recognize you.

  • - No, no, without the full mane of hair, yeah.

  • I'm half the man I used to be without that.

  • I miss it, I miss it dearly.

  • It was a blast, it's a blast, like--

  • - But it's funny, but then you get so used to it.

  • You get so used to seeing him with the massive curls

  • and like the mustache and everything that then, I dunno,

  • when you lose that it's more of a shock.

  • To see them day to day is now more of a shock.

  • It's like, what is--

  • - There would be days at the end of a shooting day where

  • crew would be like, I'd say, "Hey thanks for a good day!"

  • And they'd be like, "Who are you?"

  • - Get off the set, somebody call security.

  • - Roger, there's only room in this band

  • for one hysterical queen.

  • - What are you guys most excited

  • for audiences to see in November, about the film?

  • - I think Live Aid's pretty awesome.

  • I think that's quite a kind of

  • great moment, a joyous moment at the end of the film,

  • hopefully the audiences will be leaving kind of uplifted.

  • - You know, what's really cool about the film

  • is that each song is the score for the film,

  • so it underscores everything that's happening.

  • So you get songs like We Will Rock You,

  • We Are the Champions, Under Pressure,

  • and those are very climactic moment in the film.

  • And when you have music that is so timeless,

  • I just hope that people feel they saw a timeless film.

  • - What did you learn about Freddie

  • while you were making the film?

  • - Like any human being,

  • how many different sides to them there are.

  • The Freddie that you see in music videos

  • or in interviews is just one aspect of him,

  • and getting a chance to discover his vulnerability

  • and a very complicated search for identity

  • was pretty fascinating for me.

  • - [Reporter] Freddie, concerning your private life.

  • - What more do you need to know?

  • I make music.

  • - [Interviewer] What was the most difficult thing

  • about getting the film made?

  • - Getting Hollywood to believe in this story,

  • that an audience would show up for this story.

  • A lot of people don't know that Freddie

  • had a relationship and was engaged

  • to Mary Austin before coming out.

  • They don't know about his life,

  • they don't even know he was born in Zanzibar

  • and raised in Mumbai.

  • A young immigrant coming to a country

  • and becoming Freddie Mercury,

  • that's very accessible and relative today.

  • It really is a celebration of his life.

  • (audience clapping to "We Will Rock You")

  • (audience cheering)

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    zaphiel posted on 2018/10/14
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