10 things you didn’t know about Bohemian Rhapsody

28 November 2019
READ THIS to find out 10 things you didn't know about the Queen Biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

The 20th Century Fox fanfare at the beginning of Bohemian Rhapsody was arranged and performed by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

The singing voice of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody is a mix of Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek and Canadian Singer Marc Martel. The three voices are seamlessly mixed.

Rami Malek was required to wear prosthetic teeth during filming in order to recreate Freddie Mercury’s distinctive overbite. However, after filming wrapped, Malek decided to keep the prosthetic as a memento and eventually had them cast in gold.

Having been demolished, rebuilt and remodelled a number of times over the decades, all official records, blueprints and drawings of Wembley Stadium as it existed in 1985 have been lost. The Bohemian Rhapsody production design team had to sift through video and photographic records to reconstruct a part of the stadium in order to film the Live Aid performance.

Freddie Mercury is accurately depicted as a cat-lover in the film. In Lesley-Ann Jones’ biography, Mercury, friends have said that he would often phone home when on tour and ask to speak to the cats while also making sure the television was tuned-in to Queen’s live shows so they could watch.

Rami Malek studied performances by Aretha Franklin, David Bowie and Liza Minnelli in Cabaret (1972) as inspiration. He also looked closely at Jimi Hendrix, a key inspirational figure in Freddie Mercury’s life, with the Queen frontman attending at least 14 of Hendrix’s performances.

Mike Myers, who reignited Queen’s popularity in the U.S. with the inclusion of the song Bohemian Rhapsody in the cult classic Wayne’s World, agreed to cameo in the film without even reading the script. He would arrive on set in character as Ray Foster and stay in his accent even when cameras stopped rolling.

Queen bassist and vocalist John Deacon retired from the band in 1997. Aside from giving permission for songs he had written himself to be included in the film, Deacon has almost no involvement in the film. The youngest of the four bandmates, he now lives a quiet life with his wife of 44 years in a London suburb.

Rami Malek is wearing a wig in every single scene of Bohemian Rhapsody while Joseph Mazello, who plays John Deacon, had five different wigs throughout shooting. He also has his own hair permed, which, at the time, he didn’t realise would be quite so ‘permanent’.

Rami Malek may only have one costume when he plays Elliot Alderson in the hit show Mr. Robot, but he has between 70 and 75 different costumes in the theatrical and DVD releases of Bohemian Rhapsody, depending on whether you count accessories.