Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was known not only for his one-of-a-kind voice and his ostentatious stage presence, but also for the costumes he donned during his performances. To properly emulate the late singer, star Rami Malek had to squeeze himself into costumes for “Bohemian Rhapsody” that caused him some worry.
“There was one thing I was concerned wearing, and that was the leotard,” Malek said during TheWrap’s cover shoot for the Actors / Directors / Screenwriters issue. “There’s a harlequin one, but the one I was worried about the most was the sequin one because it really leaves nothing to the imagination. Not only are you walking out there basically naked, but then you have to strut on stage with the utmost confidence. At one point, you just have to say, ‘Well, you gotta do it. If you’re going to emulate him, there is no fear on stage.'”
By the end of the shoot, Malek told his costume designer that he wanted a replica made of the leotard in ruby red.