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Rami Malek is setting the report straight — pardon the pun — about upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

After the discharge of the film’s first trailer in mid-May, critics have been fast to level out that there was no footage of Malek-as-Mercury with different males, regardless of the well-documented historical past of Mercury’s bisexuality and relationships with males.

Producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, American Gods), who’s an out homosexual man, chimed in as effectively, claiming the film altogether ignores that facet of Mercury.

British rock group Queen in live performance, from left to proper; Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, and Brian May.

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Fuller accused the film of deliberately specializing in Mercury’s heterosexual relationships, particularly together with his longtime pal Mary Austin, as proven for a couple of mere frames within the teaser trailer. Calling it “queer erasure,” Fuller mentioned, “If they were out and proud with his bisexuality, they would have indicated he was bisexual.”

During a latest interview with Attitude, Malek spoke out about Fuller’s feedback, stating, “It’s a shame that people are making remarks after a minute[-long] teaser where you just wanna see the music.” He added, “Let me say that I don’t think the film shies away from his sexuality or his all-consuming disease, which is obviously AIDS.”

Freddie Mercury of British rock band Queen together with his pal Mary Austin, throughout Mercury’s 38th party on the Xenon nightclub, London, U.Ok.,

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Malek hinted on the significance of the music on this biopic. While Mercury’s sexual orientation is just not the main target of Queen, his character, story and tragic demise are all important to the complete Queen story.

“I don’t know how you could avoid any of that, or if anyone would ever want to. It’s a bit absurd that anyone’s judging this from a minute trailer,” he mentioned.

Rami Malek is seen at Jimmy Kimmel Live on Sept. 4, 2018. in Los Angeles, Calif.

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The star additionally addressed the hypothesis and concern amongst followers and critics that Bohemian Rhapsody would ignore Mercury being HIV-positive and his eventual AIDS prognosis:

“It was an important moment to have in the film, one that ultimately is very sad but also empowering in a way. … It shows you just how resilient human beings can be and how much we rely on the strength of our friends and family to get us through tough times. … This pandemic is still very much a horrific threat to so many people in the world. It exists as a reality for so many that I think it would be a shame not to address it.”

Malek completed off by saying that this film will paint an ideal portrait of the late Mercury. He urges followers of Queen and music typically to go see the movie.

Freddie Mercury of Queen performs at a live performance on Jan. 1, 1986, in London, England.

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Fuller’s outburst continues to rack up controversy. For probably the most half, individuals have been both defending the film or calling Fuller out for being disrespectful in calling Mercury homosexual relatively than bisexual — his precise sexual orientation.

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Freddie Mercury and Brian May of British rock band Queen in live performance at Wembley Stadium, July 1986.

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Bohemian Rhapsody has an early U.Ok. launch set for Oct. 24, together with a particular premiere at Wembley Arena, simply next-door to Wembley Stadium, the place Queen headlined the Live Aid competition in July 1985.

Lucky Canadians can now pre-order tickets right here for superior Oct. 31 Cineplex screenings in choose Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal theatres.

(Dressing up as Freddie Mercury is inspired.)

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is scheduled for a Nov. 2 launch in Canada.


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