"If it’s a fight or flight situation, I’m going to fight."
Rami Malek has opened up on the moment that he was offered the iconic role of Freddie Mercury, likening it to a “gun-to-the-head” moment.
The Mr Robot star, will play the legendary Queen frontman in Bohemian Rhapsody, which is set for release on October 24.
But in a new interview with The Guardian, Malek admits that he felt huge pressure upon realising that he’d been offered the biggest role of his career so far.
“Kind of the gun-to-the-head moment,” he recalled to The Guardian.
““What do you do? And I like to think if it’s a fight or flight situation, I’m going to fight. The scariest endeavours that I’ve chosen to take in my life have been the most fulfilling and rewarding. And this has proven to defend that equation.”
Malek also discussed whether the film tackles Freddie Mercury’s battle with AIDS, after critics feared that the film would “whitewash” the singer’s battle with the virus that eventually claimed his life.
“It’s an arduous thing to tell someone’s life in just two hours,” he said.
“What’s the nature of celebrating a life? Definitely not avoiding his death in any way, or what caused his death, which is the Aids virus. But I think if you don’t celebrate his life, and his struggles, and how complicated he was, and how transformative he was – and wallow instead in the sadness of what he endured and his ultimate death – then that could be a disservice to the profound, vibrant, radiant nature of such an indelible human being.”
Meanwhile, Malek last week admitted that he faced “creative differences” with Bryan Singer, before the original director was sacked from the project.