'Bohemian Rhapsody': New trailer gives glimpses of Freddie Mercury's sexuality and hints at his death from AIDS
Rami Malek authentically depicts Freddie's struggle as he tries to live by the rules of the world while hiding his sexuality behind his garb as a rockstar.
The second trailer of 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' unlike the previous one, gives a glimpse into Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's sexuality, his rise as one of the most recognized voices in rock music, and his death due to complications from AIDS.
Rami Malek, who plays Mercury, nails the part with his buck teeth, thick moustache, and long black locks.
The film, scheduled to hit the screens on November 2, apart from documenting the travails of Mercury follows the band's sky-high ride from just experimenting with music to becoming one of the most popular names in the history of rock music.
The trailer gives a brief insight into the making of one of the band's most brilliant pieces, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', where Rami (as Freddie Mercury) is seen directing Ben Hardy (who plays drummer Roger Taylor). Ben continues to sing the operatic version, while Rami keeps asking him to continue with "Galileo" until Ben finally exclaims, "How many more Galileos do you want?". However, Rami brushes this off in typical Mercury fashion when he casually retorts, "Roger, there is only place for one hysterical queen."
'Bohemian Rhapsody' is probably one of the most awaited movies of the year and the trailer clearly reflects the hysterical liveliness of the band. While the previous trailer set the stage to reveal some of the band's innermost secrets, the new trailer delves deep into Freddie's personal life, his sexual inclinations, his madness when it came to songwriting, and of course, his nonchalant execution as a flamboyant performer on stage.
The new trailer mostly focuses on Freddie as he tries to convince his bandmates about the sheer ingenuity of the song and the trick of bringing an anthemic element to their songs so that their audience can sing along.
However, all of it revolves around Rami who depicts Freddie as the only "hysterical queen" around. It will be interesting to see how the film places the tracks, as they can, to a larger extent, help define the journey of Queen. It will focus on the story of the man who has been one of the most controversial figures in rock 'n roll due to his apparent proclamation about his sexuality and will largely showcase Freddie's showmanship before his demise due to complications from AIDS.
As much as the film is being pronounced as a biopic, it will certainly make all of Queen's fans emotional for the man whose voice seemed capable of anything. In an interview with Express.co.in, Roger Taylor told Danny Scott that touring the world with someone like Freddie Mercury was always an insane experience.
"Freddie Mercury and I both loved to have a laugh on tour. If there were shenanigans and good times, Fred and I would be there...Alongside the showman, he was a rather shy introvert. But if the attention was focused on him, he was a natural star, as we all saw after we put Queen together. Week by week, we saw him grow into this character, Freddie Mercury."
The showcasing of this growth is what fans are looking forward to from the movie.
'Bohemian Rhapsody' might just be a foot-stomping tribute to Queen, and probably all credits should go to Bryan Singer. Although Singer was replaced by Dexter Fletcher after getting fired during production for going AWOL for three days, yet he is the final credited director of the film.
Rami replaced Sacha Baron Cohen after he dropped out of the film when there were creative disagreements with the band over how Freddie should be portrayed. Cohen said on 'The Howard Stern Show', "There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury...The guy was wild. I mean he was living an extreme lifestyle. There are stories of… little people with plates with cocaine on their heads walking around a party.” However, Cohen soon realized that the second part of the movie would mainly focus on how the band carried on after Freddie's death. “At the end of the day it really was an artistic difference,” Cohen said.
20th Century Fox releases Bohemian Rhapsody November 2. Take a look at the trailer below.