Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody made big waves when it was released late last year. After premiering to a more-than-$50M opening weekend on November 2nd, it has gone on to become the highest-grossing music biopic of all time.
One of the biggest storylines to come out of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s smash success is its spot-on recreation of Queen’s iconic performance at Live Aid 1985. The film uses snippets of the recreated concert as part of its narrative climax, and the reactions to star Rami Malek‘s portrayal of Freddie Mercury‘s performance have been nothing short of astonished. However, while the movie only uses pieces of the recreated footage, they filmed a full recreation of the 22-minute performance at London’s Wembley Stadium to work with.
With the movie set for home release on January 22nd, the Bohemian Rhapsody camp has announced that the DVD/Blu-Ray version will include the full, uncut, never-before-seen Queen Live Aid recreation side-by-side with the original footage. You can watch a preview of the full side-by-side Live Aid recreation below:
Recreating Queen’s Iconic Live Aid Performance For Bohemian Rhapsody
[Video: 20th Century Fox]
As actor Joe Mazzello, who portrays Queen bassist John Deacon in the movie, explains of the filming in the promo video, “I’d watched the Live Aid footage, probably seen in 100 times, and suddenly you were actually performing this 20-minute set.” Adds Ben Hardy, who portrays bassist Roger Taylor, “We felt like we were actually rock stars.”
“It definitely brought us together and you realize the momentum of the day and of that 20-minute set,” explains Gwilym Lee, who plays guitarist Brian May, “There’s no stop-and-start, you can’t say ‘hold on, let’s start again.’ You’re doing it for real.”
“They plunged in the deep end,” explains the real Brian May in the clip, “That was like a pinnacle performance they had to pull off right in the beginning of shooting, which is tough. But they had it down.” Adds Roger Taylor, “We were delighted.”
Notes Rami Malek, “It’s the most remarkable feeling you could have, because you’ve studied every move…and ultimately doing the performance at Live Aid. We pulled it off.”
Of course, while the Live Aid recreation has been the subject of admiration since the film’s release, Bohemian Rhapsody has caught considerable flak for its perceived misrepresentations of the band’s timeline and, particularly, for its handling of Mercury’s sexuality and sexual awakening. However, while it may not be the most accurate overall portrayal of the band’s story, there’s no denying the amazing verisimilitude of the Live Aid scene, and we couldn’t be more excited to watch the whole thing when it arrives with the DVD later this month.
[H/T Consequence of Sound]