Rami Malek opened up for the first time about his experience working with Bryan Singer on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” calling his time with the director “not pleasant.”
Malek was honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last week for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Malek was asked about Singer’s numerous sexual assault allegations from men who were, at the time of the alleged assault, underage.
“My heart goes out to anyone who has to live through anything like what I’ve heard and what is out there,” Malek replied. “It’s awful, it’s remarkable that this happens, I can appreciate so much what they’ve been through and how difficult this must be for them. In the light of the #MeToo era that this somehow seems to exist after that, it’s a horrible thing.”
He continued: “I’ve sat here and talked about how everyone deserves a voice and anyone who wants to talk about what happened with Bryan deserves to have their voice heard. In my situation with Bryan, it was not pleasant, not at all. And that’s about what I can say about it at this point.”
Singer was fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody” after repeatedly failing to show up to the set. His name is still credited as director on the film and he is set to earn an estimated $40 million from the movie’s historic box office sales.