Hot off winning a Best Actor Oscar for portraying Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Rami Malek landed the role of the Big Bad in the upcoming 25th James Bond movie.
However, as the 38-year-old actor told the Daily Mirror, he was insistent that his villain not be a traditional Middle Eastern fundamentalist religious fanatic, and laid out his conditions to “Bond 25″ director Cary Fukunaga.
“It’s a great character and I’m very excited,” Rami, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt, explaining his heritage is woven into “the fabric of who I am.”
“But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out.’ But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”
Malek also discussed the heavy responsibility of being part of filmdom’s most enduring franchise, which first began with Sean Connery pioneering the role of James Bond in 1962’s “Dr. No”.
“It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies,” he said. “But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with.”
The still-untitled “Bond 25” is slated to hit theatres on April 8, 2020.