Rami Malek shares how he got in shape to play Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

goss 18/12/2018

Rami Malek gave a truly epic performance as Freddie Mercury in the Queen movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - but he had to put his body through a lot to pull it off!

In a recent interview with The Wrap, Rami spoke about the intense diet and exercise regime he had to do to resemble Freddie.

The key for Rami was having the physical ability to perform like Freddie did when he was at his peak over 30 years ago.

"I didn’t really want to bulk up, per se — I just wanted to get my body into a place where I could do a 22-minute concert over and over for five days and not be out of breath," he explained.

"Well, it’s highly impossible to do that. There were days when I found myself laying on my back trying to just absorb as much air as possible."

"But at the same time, I was on a very specific diet. I bulked up for that first week and immediately had to drop muscle and weight and go into shooting young Freddie, who is very scrawny.

"I just had to be really cognizant of when to work out and when to crash diet. I don’t recommend it for anyone."

Judging by the finished product, all of his hard work was totally worth it!