Rami Malek admitted that he was feeling “incredibly insecure” the minute he wore the prop teeth specially made to help him look like Freddie Mercury. The actor also said he instantly realised the significance of the real teeth had been to help from the character of the Queen frontman.
Malek has been tipped for Oscar success for his role in Bohemian Rhapsody, which is opening this month. The actor had recently said in an interview that he’d gotten the prop teeth gold plated and hung on to the prop as a keepsake. The actor said it was “probably the most ostentatious thing” he’d ever done, and that it was “in the spirit of Freddie.”
Now, in an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last Monday, Malek explained,
“I had these teeth that I wear, and the first time I put them in my mouth I felt incredibly insecure. Then I found myself compensating – sitting straight, more elegant. He had the best posture. You start to think, ‘Oh! These are the reasons why he is who he is.’”
Check out the full interview below,
It was widely known that Mercury was self-conscious about having four more teeth at the back of his mouth. This caused his front teeth to be pushed into an overbite. Despite this the iconic singer yet he resisted surgery to deal with the issue. According to UCR this was mainly due to the fact that he was worried that it would affect his singing voice.
Malek recounted to Fallon the experience of filming Queen’s legendary appearance at Live Aid on the first day of filming,
“I thought, ‘They must have a reason for doing this,” he said. “‘If we get through this and we suck, they’ll just pull the plug on the whole production. Pack it up and go home.’ [They’d think,] ‘We gave $60 million and we don’t have to watch this B-rate version of Queen for three months!’”
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