Rami Malek used Freddie Mercury as an inspiration when it came to figuring out how to play Bond villain Safin in No Time To Die.
The Oscar-winning actor, who took home the statuette for his role as the late Queen frontman in biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, will face off against 007 himself in the latest installment in the spy franchise, due for release in April 2020.
And while there have been some iconic villain portrayals in previous Bond movies, including Javier Bardem’s take in Skyfall, Rami was determined to bring something new to the part.
“If I went in there and tried to make a carbon copy of someone, what joy or fun would that be for anybody? I guess that may be a lesson I learned from Mr. Mercury,” he told Empire magazine. “If it’s not original, then why bother? I’ve pocketed some things from some of my favorites. But I tried to every day imbue this character with something I thought made sense for the character, but might also at the same time be shocking and unnerving.”
Rami also teamed up with his voice coach from Bohemian Rhapsody once again to perfect his accent for No Time to Die.
“I wanted to create something that we couldn’t quite peg from any particular part of the world,” he smiled.