Rami Malek on Bryan Singer’s firing from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: “We definitely had artistic differences”

Malek, who plays the late Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic, has reflected on Singer's unceremonious exit from the movie

Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek has spoken about the “artistic differences” he had with the Queen biopic’s original director Bryan Singer.

Singer was fired from his post by Fox in December 2017 after he failed to return to set following the Thanksgiving break. He was promptly replaced by Dexter Fletcher – although Singer will still receive a director credit once the film arrives in the UK on October 24 (November 2 in the US).

Singer admitted at the time that he and Malek, who plays the late frontman Freddie Mercury, had “creative differences on set”, but denied that his firing was a direct result of that.

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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Malek has now spoken about his relationship with Singer during the filming of Bohemian Rhapsody, admitting in a new interview that the two shared “definite artistic differences”.

“All I ever wanted to do was honour Freddie and present some aspects of who he was,” Malek told Empire. “I know I’m never going to be Freddie Mercury – that’s a losing game, right? But, in trying to get as close as you can to emulating someone, in doing the work, I felt I had a decent handle on who he was. It’s healthy to have your own opinions.

“That’s why I’m so drawn to this: it is the collaboration of so many different artists coalescing to create something that is beyond just one of them. When it becomes about one person on set, that’s a problem.”

The first critics’ reactions to Bohemian Rhapsody have been arriving this week, with plenty of praise being heaped on Malek for his portrayal of Mercury.