Rami Malek has admitted that he felt ‘terrified’ about playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
And now his Mr. Robot co-star Christian Slater is sharing that he had reservations about Malek starring as the rock superstar.
‘Honestly, I was a little nervous. I know how talented and brilliant he is, but that’s a large task to take on,’ Slater told UsWeekly at a gala in Beverly Hills on Monday night.
High praise: Christian Slater has admitted he was ‘a little nervous’ about Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody but says his performance is ‘just extraordinary’
The biopic opened at the top of the North American box office this past weekend with a gross of $50 million.
And Slater, 49, who’s seen the movie, sang Malek’s praises.
‘It was just extraordinary,’ Slater said.
‘I was so blown away by the movie and his performance, in particular. His work – he morphed himself into becoming Freddie Mercury, which is really an astronomical job because those shoes are so huge to fill,’ he added.
Worked together: Slater, 49, starred with Malek, 37, in the hit series Mr. Robot that gave the younger actor his big break
Impressed: Slater said he was ‘blown away’ by Malek’s portrayal of the iconic rocker (pictured) who was the frontman for Queen until his death in 1991 at the age of 45
The role of the iconic Queen frontman is the 37-year-old Malek’s first leading part on the big screen and he’s previously called it ‘the opportunity of a lifetime.’
‘I was very cognizant of not wanting to imitate him or impersonate him at all,’ he told the Belfast Telegraph.
‘He’s so authentic, and I wanted to be that authentic on stage, so I tried never to just copy his moves. I wanted them to spring from me as if they were happening to him,’ he explained.
Mercury, who was born in Zanzibar, died in 1991 from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS. He was 45.
Big shoes to fill: The role Mercury was Malek’s first leading part on the big screen and he’s previously called it ‘the opportunity of a lifetime’
Hitmaker: The flamboyant Mercury, pictured in 1986, passed away from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS