Rami Malek was asked about “Bohemian Rhapsody” director Bryan Singer and the controversy surrounding him as he discussed receiving his very first Oscar nomination for the film Tuesday.
The star is up for the Best Actor gong at next month’s ceremony for portraying Freddie Mercury in the much-talked about Queen biopic.
He chatted to the Los Angeles Times about the honour, when he was also asked whether or not he regrets working with Singer at all.
The director, who was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, was famously fired after reportedly not turning up to the set multiple times. He had previously been accused of sexual assault, claims which he has denied.
Malek insisted, “As far as I knew, I was considered before Bryan was even attached. So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never really looked up. I didn’t know much about Bryan.”
“I think that the allegations and things were, believe it or not, honestly something I was not aware of, and that is what it is. Who knows what happens with that, but I think somehow we found a way to persevere through everything that was thrown our way.”
The actor continued, “Perhaps that was Freddie himself doing it, because we wanted to make a product that was worthy of him. Who knows? I’m just proud that this cast and crew collectively raised their game and we depended on one another. It was a testament to everyone’s spirit and courage and skill. And one thing I will say about everyone — almost everyone — we never gave up.”
The Times also mentioned some of the fans who didn’t know how to feel about the film given Singer’s involvement.
Malek responded, “I think they can understand that Bryan Singer was fired from the film. And that can be something that they can look at from a perspective of understanding why they can appreciate the film. And as far as I’m concerned, I never want to take away from Freddie’s story. I think that puts a button on it in a number of ways.”