Bryan Singer, the director who was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody under a cloud of controversy, has responded after the film triumphed at the Golden Globes.
Singer, who notably failed to secure a single mention from any of the Queen biopic’s cast at Sunday’s ceremony, posted a tribute on Instagram.
The image saw him in the director’s chair during the filming of the scene that recreates Queen’s celebrated ‘I Want to Break Free’ music video.
“What an honour. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress,” Singer captioned the photo.
His tribute came after the film defied a critical mauling to win the Golden Globe for best film (drama), alongside Rami Malek’s best actor win for his celebrated portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
But Singer failed to attend the ceremony after he was fired mid-way through production, before being replaced by Eddie The Eagle’s Dexter Fletcher. Upon release, US union rules meant that Singer was still credited as director.
Although his initial departure was officially attributed to “pressing health matters”, Rami Malek later admitted that he and Singer frequently clashed on set.
The ‘Usual Suspects’ director has also been followed by frequent allegations of sexual abuse – with actor Michael Egan III unsuccessfully attempting to sue the director in 2014.
For his part, Singer has constantly denied any wrongdoing. It’s expected that he’ll return to the director’s chair later this year for a remake of the 80s actioner Red Sonja.
The Instagram post was also commented on by Brett Ratner – who himself has previously been forced to deny sexual assault allegations.
“So happy for you brother!,” wrote Ratner.
Meanwhile, Malek’s acceptance speech saw him paying tribute to Mercury – describing him as a “beautiful man.”