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Freddie Mercury’s spontaneity challenged ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ star Rami Malek



When television actor Rami Malek took on the role of colorful rock star Freddie Mercury in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” he found the biggest challenge was capturing the Queen lead singer’s commanding presence on stage.

Malek, the Emmy-winning star of TV drama “Mr. Robot,” portrays Mercury from his early days with Queen in the 1970s, through its rise to worldwide fame with anthems such as “We Will Rock You,” to a rousing performance at the Live Aid benefit concert in July 1985 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Mercury was known for an electric stage persona that connected with audiences.

“Every time Freddie was on stage, and in his normal civilian life, he just did everything spontaneously,” Malek said on Tuesday at the film’s world premiere in London. “Trying to capture spontaneity is quite an arduous task.”

Malek worked with a movement coach to convey Mercury’s strutting stage presence and also contributed to the soundtrack.


Filmmakers used a combination of Mercury’s real voice, Malek’s voice and another singer against the band’s original recordings to showcase the band’s vast catalog of hits.

The film also documents Mercury’s personal battles, including his struggle with his sexuality and drug and alcohol use. Mercury in 1991 was one of the first British celebrities to die from AIDS, at age 45.

Surviving Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor endorsed the film. Both praised Malek’s performance as well as the actors who played them on screen and who showcased how the band collaborated on its groundbreaking sound.


“We found a perfect Freddie with Rami Malek. He’s sensational,” Taylor told reporters. “We are very happy. We think it’s a good film. I hope it brings joy to a lot of people.”

Malek’s performance has made him a top contender in Hollywood’s annual awards season, which culminates with the Oscars on Feb. 24.

Variety said the 37 year-old Egyptian-born American actor “takes on the role of Freddie Mercury as if born to it,” while The Hollywood Reporter said that “taking on a daunting task, he more than delivers.”


“Bohemian Rhapsody” begins it global roll-out on Wednesday.

Reporting by Jayson Mansaray; Writing by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island



ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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Stephen Colbert mocks Eric Trump in a way that must be seen to be believed



Stephen Colbert mocked Eric Trump so badly it has to be seen to be believed.

The moment came after Colbert played a clip of the young Trump child saying that 95 percent of the United States supports him, the camera cut to Colbert doing his Eric impression.

"I've got big gums, and I cannot lie," Colbert said.

"Yeah, 95, guys, I'm tellin' ya," Colbert said, pretending to be Eric with his lips curled up.

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Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP



Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.

Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.

"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."

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