Oscar Isaac Passed On Playing Freddie Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody
Oscar Isaac reveals that he turned down the chance to play Freddie Mercury on Bohemian Rhapsody. Ex Machina star Isaac is celebrating the US release of Dune, in which he plays Duke Leto Atreides. He was also the voice of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family 2.
Bohemian Rhapsody debuted in 2018. The biopic explored the life and music of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek, the No Time To Die villain, was ultimately cast as the starring role. He received critical acclaim and earned him an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Bafta nominations for Best Actor. Aidan Gillen and Mike Myers were also featured in the film.
Isaac now talks to ABC Audio (via GMA) about the opportunity to play Freddie Mercury, but he declined it. He admitted that he was skeptical about the interest in a Mercury biopic. The film grossed over $900million at the box office. Isaac insists that he didn’t regret making the film despite its apparent success. He added, “I don’t think I could have done what Rami Malk did.” See all of Isaac’s comments below.
“At that time, I was like, I don’t think anybody wants somebody pretending to be Freddie Mercury.’ Then, it was clear that everyone wanted to see someone perform Freddie Mercury, […] so that was the one.
“I believe I couldn’t have done what Rami Malk did […] I think he was — obviously everybody thought so — but that was a funny one. “Why would anyone want to see someone pretend to be him?
Rumors have been flying about a sequel to the 2018 smash. Although no story has been revealed, Brian May, Queen’s bandmate, confirmed that plans for a sequel were being looked at. It is not clear if Malek will be able to make a return in any Bohemian Rhapsody sequel. A few years before Mercury’s death, the original film ended during Queen’s legendary Live Aid performance. It remains to be seen if a sequel will follow the band through the aftermath or document the years leading to Mercury’s death.
Isaac had a full year of work in 2018, including appearances in titles like Annihilation and Life Itself. However, it’s unlikely that he was not disappointed to see the success of Bohemian Rhapsody. Isaac said that although there was no way he could have played the role of Mercury like Malek, it would have been an appealing opportunity in hindsight. Isaac doesn’t seem to be able to dwell on past job offers. He is probably already enjoying Dune’s critical success and looking forward to his TV debut as Marvel’s Moon Knight. Isaac, who has long been an actor of distinction, maybe already pondering the script for Hollywood’s next big hit.
Queen’s surviving members are currently looking for ideas for Bohemian Rhapsody 2. However, a sequel would not be an excellent idea, given the original movie’s success and its reception. Although biopics aren’t new to Hollywood, they have been growing in popularity in recent years. They tend to tell the stories of loved musicians. Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most recent. It was released in 2018 after facing a few obstacles during filming and pre-production. While it faced a lot of backlashes, it was still a big box office hit.
Bohemian Rhapsody is the story of Queen (Rami Malek), the legendary British band. The film shows the rise of the band and their triumphant performance at Live Aid 1985. It also explores Mercury’s personal life. Bohemian Rhapsody, as mentioned, was a huge box office success, setting records for its genre and more. However, critics were not entirely on board. They criticized Malek’s performance and the screenplay, especially when it came to Mercury’s personal life. The movie made enough money to warrant talk of a sequel. However, that wouldn’t be ideal.
Bohemian Rhapsody’s controversy was not just about Mercury’s sexuality or how it was presented but also about historical inaccuracies. Some events were embellished, misplaced, or made up for dramatic purposes. The crew was able to do a great job with the musical sequences. They used Queen’s most famous songs to musicalize critical moments and gave the audience the desired songs. Bohemian Rhapsody was a complete tale, from Queen’s formation and their first gigs to their last big concert before Mercury died. There isn’t much material left for a sequel.