The editor of “Bohemian Rhapsody” won an Academy Award last month for his efforts but even he recognizes some of the film’s editing shortcomings.
John Ottman, a longtime collaborator of director Bryan Singer, stayed on with the production despite Singer’s firing from the project in order to finish it out.
According to an article in the Washington Post, many of Ottman’s colleagues in Hollywood praised his work for effectively rescuing “Bohemian Rhapsody” from chaos when Singer was replaced by “Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher.
But in the run-up to the Oscars, a clip from the film went viral illustrating some very questionable editing work in the film.
Hearing about the viral clip of the scene in which the band Queen meet their manager John Reid, Ottman said, “Oh, my God! Wow. I didn’t know about that, but I know why that’s out there.”
Apparently that scene was shot by Fletcher after Singer was fired, and due to scenes being cut and reordered, much of the dialogue in the scene as originally conceived no longer made sense. Because of time constraints and a focus on getting earlier sections of the film, Ottman said he didn’t have time to fine-tune that scene and add more breathing space to its quick cuts.
“Whenever I see it, I want to put a bag over my head. Because that’s not my aesthetic,” Ottman said.
It may still be possible to fix the editing problems in that scene, though.
Ottman explained, “If there’s ever an extended version of the film where I can put a couple scenes back, I will recut that scene!”