On Tuesday night at the world premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, was joined by co-stars Gwilym LeeBen Hardy, and Joseph Mazzello.

The foursome dressed in different color suits stopped for a photo on the red carpet. 

While speaking at the premiere, lead star Malek spoke about Mercury. “The name like Freddie Mercury is synonymous with being otherworldly. That’s exactly what he was. I think the guy knew exactly what he was doing. That’s why we’re celebrating him,” Malek said. “He was a revolutionary. He refused to be marginalized or defined by any one thing, so perhaps he still is Farrokh Bulsara.”

Allen Leech, who plays Paul Prenter and Mercury’s personal manager in the film, also spoke about the film and said that it would be inspiring for members of the LGBT community to see this portrayal of Mercury. “I think a lot of people have said how once his diagnosis was made public and when he passed away and even just as a gay person, he gave them incredible pride in themselves that this icon of world music was gay and had AIDS,” Leech said.


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Mercury, one of the world’s most beloved loved entertainers, died in November 1991 from complications from AIDS. He was one of the highest-profile victims of the epidemic.

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