Wednesday 20 February 2019

'In my situation with Bryan, it was not pleasant, not at all' - Rami Malek on working with Bryan Singer

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox)
Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox)
Rami Malek (C) poses backstage with his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for "Bohemian Rhapsody" along with Brian May (L) and Roger Taylor. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Rami Malek portrayed Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Bryan Singer, the listed director of Bohemian Rhapsody, has been accused of sexual assault (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Rami Malek has admitted he found working with Bryan Singer "not pleasant".

The 37-year-old actor didn't think anyone expected the director to be fired from 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the middle of production but he felt it "had" to happen. Asked about his experiences working with the director on the movie during a discussion with The Hollywood Reporter at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, he said: "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. For anyone who is seeking any solace in all of this, Bryan Singer was fired. Bryan Singer was fired, I don't think that was something anyone saw coming but I think that had to happen and it did."

Bryan - who still has the directing credit on the film - was replaced by Dexter Fletcher when he was sacked in December 2017 amid reports of conflict between himself and his lead actor, as well as accusations of sexual misconduct, which he has repeatedly denied.

Rami Malek attending the Bohemian Rhapsody World Premiere (Matt Crossick/PA)
Rami Malek attending the Bohemian Rhapsody World Premiere (Matt Crossick/PA)

Rami has also offered his support to the men who have accused the 58-year-old filmmaker of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

He said: "My heart goes out to anyone who has to live through anything like what I've heard and what is out there. 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."

Bryan Singer, the listed director of Bohemian Rhapsody, has been accused of sexual assault (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Bryan Singer, the listed director of Bohemian Rhapsody, has been accused of sexual assault (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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