“Bohemian Rhapsody” is going to China, but in censored form.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning biopic about Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek, received approval from Chinese censors, but only with specific cuts to the film’s gay content and drug use.
The roughly 1-minute of cut material reportedly includes “portrayals of drug use and several intimate kisses between Malek’s Mercury and other male characters.”
Despite the film’s international success, “Bohemian Rhapsody” will only be getting a limited release in China as a compromise with the Chinese Film Bureau, though a wider release may be possible if the film performs well.
Following the Oscars on Sunday, there was controversy in China over one of the country’s broadcasters censoring the translation of Malek’s Best Actor acceptance speech, removing a reference to “gay men.”