Beginning November 2, cinemas in Bulgaria and around the world open the door to the musical biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" – a fascinating sight of legendary rock band Queen and vocalist Freddy Mercury. The big opening of "We Will Rock You", the growing refrain of "We Are the Champions", the hypnotic opera "Bohemian Rhapsody" …
Who did not sing when they heard these absolute classics? Who can not keep their feet moving in these painful rhythms? Who can forget the moment of the Live Aid concert in 1985, when Freddy Mercury appeared on stage and blew the audience, making her sing on a wild adventure?
More than 25 years have passed since the death of the lead singer and indispensable leader of Queen Freddy Mercury, but his music is still alive. Freddy overcame all stereotypes as the band's music refused to be placed under any denominator. Maybe that's why Queen is still the favorite of different generations and cultures and remains a global phenomenon.
Now, Emmy-winning Robot wears the legendary costume and picks up the microphone to become the king of the Republic at Bohemian Rhapsody, a true celebration of Queen's music celebrating the incredible life of Freddy Mercury's lead singer. Malec's partners are Lucy Boynton (Murder in Oriental Express) as Mary Austin; Guillen Lee (The Tourist) as guitarist Brian May; Ben Hardy (the woman in white) as drummer Roger Taylor; Joe Mazello (Jurassic Park) as bassist John Deacon; Eidan Gilan (Thrones), starring Queen John Reed's first manager; Tom Hollander (Night Manager) as the group's lawyer, who later became his manager, Jim Miami Beach; Alan Leach (Downtown) as Paul Prenter, who was initially assistant to Reed, and later became the personal manager of Freddie Mercury; Aaron McCaskey (Fools) as Freddie's long-time lover, Jim Hutton; and Mike Myers (Austin Powers) as EMI boss Ray Foster.
Anthony McCarton (The Darkest Hour, Theory of Everything) is the screenwriter, based on McCarton and Peter Morgan (The Crown, Queen). Producers of the film are Graham King (The Other Side, The Aviator) and Jim Beach (Craig Brothers, New Hampshire Hotel) and the director is Brian Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns). Arnold Milchon, Dennis O 'Sullivan (Tom Brewer, World War I), Justin Hayt (Red Swallow, Snoosh), Dexter Fletcher (Eddie Orela, Wild Bill) and Jane Rosental The Mage of Lies, Marcus) are executive producers . Producer Graham King is convinced to reclaim rights to the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen from award-winning screenwriter Peter Morgan.
"Peter asked me if I like Queen," he recalls, "I told him I liked the band, and then he said he was writing a script about it and that no one had rights to the story so I could think about it I had an interest. " King is familiar with Freddie's story, but grew up in London in the 1970s and 1980s, and after a long phone conversation with Jim Beach, Queen's lawyer, King was introduced to the band's founders, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. and the agreement was concluded.
As King fears, May and Taylor are initially concerned with the idea, but King's experience in producing award-winning films for such distinguished personalities as Howard Hughes and Mohamed Ali (Ali), as well as former CIA agent Tony. Mendes (Argo) makes them feel more confident.
"I have experience in major Hollywood productions, and I thought the story should be presented with such a ginga," King said. "It will show a new generation who Freddie really is – his childhood in Zanzibar, his arrival in London, the prejudices he found in the beginning, his shyness and uncertainty about his appearance, his battles on so many different fronts, his incredible talent as a composer and musician, how the band becomes his second family, rediscovering him as a performer of an incredible class, always remaining someone everyone loves and where everything, even the most unacceptable behavior, can be forgiven, all backed up in innovative and groundbreaking melodies for their time.The time between 1970 and 1985 is perhaps the most important part of the life of Freddy and the band and ends with their triumphant participation in Live Aid. "
May and Taylor are part of the team throughout the creative process, such as King's desire, and their involvement ensures that the film follows the story.
"Still, the film tells its story and no one is more familiar with it than they are themselves," he said: "We knew we would not make a film if everything was not right – the story, the actors – everything had to fit place ".
The project goes through several variations until it hits the screen and May and Taylor are impressed by King's stubbornness and dedication.
"Graham King is a wonderful producer and he's been with us from the beginning," says May. "With Roger, we always thought that would never happen, so Graham's ability to bring this great cast together was very exciting."
Not surprisingly, Freddy Mercury still holds a special place in the heart of Brian May.
"I have a lot of memories with Freddie," he says, "I remember that wily smile and the sparkle in his eyes." He was very exuberant and often exploded, but he was very shy. he did not want to waste his time on anything. He's always been focused, he's always been able to get out of a difficult situation. "
King is also proud of the fact that the movie shows how his famous music was created.
"How did the band create their successes? It's really hard to get on the screen," he explains, "Viewers will love what they see, not just the story of Freddie, but the story of how they build their musical style, how they create "Bohemian Rhapsody, which is totally populated in the beginning. "
One of the scenes that May seems to be with pleasure is the band's first appearance on the legendary BBC show Top of the Pops in 1974 with the performance of Killer Queen.
"Another group gave up at the last minute and so we took their place," he recalls. "It was very strange for us, because at the time the BBC kept the no-man principle of singing live in the studio. That's why we decided to make a video for Bohemian Rhapsody because we knew it would sound ridiculous just opening its mouth for that song. that the song became number one and topped it for 6 weeks, Top of the Pops turned the video over for 6 weeks, so we did not realize the effect it would have on the world.
The film begins and ends with Queen's cult performance during the Live Aid concert. Live Aid is one of the most significant cultural events of the 1980s and brings together the biggest stars of a two-way charity concert at Wembley Stadium , in London, and at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia on July 13, 1985.. Organized by Bob Geldof and Midwest to raise money for hunger strike in Ethiopia, the concert is a true TV event and is attended by a total of 1.9 billion viewers in 150 countries around the world.
According to King and his team, this performance is particularly important for Queen's story. The show comes at a key moment for the band, which meets after Mercury is transferred to Germany, where he records two solo albums. At that time, Mercury is undergoing a crisis, entirely under the influence of Paul Prenter, surrounded by people who take advantage of their generosity and fall into addiction to drugs and alcohol.
The performance of the queen is the great trump of the organizers.
"The people in the UK attended the show, but they did not call for donations, since it was the show," King notes. "Freddy appeared and played a lot of songs that the band had rehearsed for three weeks, it was a perfect 20 minute show and made the audience all the more active, and made them understand what the purpose of the event was, Queen managed to win the largest donation of 1 million of pounds sterling, which is a significant amount for those days. "