Rami Makel will be taking on the role of the legendary rock star in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and he admits he was insanely nervous during his first real experience with the late singer’s bandmates at Roger Taylor’s London home.
Rami hoped to catch a bit of a break if the band had seen his screen test, where Rami performed as Freddie, but the band hadn’t seen it. Instead, Rami watched the band watch him – talk about nerve wracking.
Talking to Stephen Colbert, he said that he was nervous but that they ended up being impressed with his screen test and they knew right then that Rami was the right guy for the job.
‘I ended up watching them watch me for the first time… No pressure!‘
However, the band knowing that Rami was the right guy for the role didn’t automatically mean that he thought so for himself. In fact, he worried that Freddie himself would ask him not to take on the role after an especially rough morning where he was running late and, on the way, saw a lot of big pieces of long lasting music history in a series of locations that seemed to almost mock him.
‘I went to do some pre-recording at Abbey Road and I was a little late. I was running across the street where I look back and I see it’s that iconic crosswalk that the Beatles have the album cover for Abbey Road on, and instantly I’m like, ‘What the hell is happening to me right now?’
He continued to say: ‘I’m running across there… the meeting’s on the fourth floor and around the third floor I’m passing all these photos of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and every band that you love. Suddenly I stop… and I take two steps back and I see this autographed photo of all the members of Queen and Freddie Mercury’s face just kind of staring at me, telling me, ‘Don’t do this!’’
You can see Rami talk about the experience in the above clip seen on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. We can’t wait to see him take on the role of Freddie Mercury, we’re sure he’ll do it justice.
‘…but I knew him’