Rami Malek Uncovers Lost Photo of Himself Posing as Freddie Mercury Alongside Paul McCartney
Rami Malek and Paul McCartney took a very special picture after one of the musician's concerts last year — but it took him months to find it
Opening up about how much he’s been embraced by the late singer’s peers in the music industry, Malek, 37, shared a story of the gold star treatment he got while attending one of McCartney’s shows in London that December.
“I got taken backstage, as if I was Freddie Mercury, and then Paul goes, ‘I’m going to do my best Beatles pose, you do your best Freddie Mercury pose, and let’s take a photo,’ ” Malek shared, adding that his “fist just went straight up into the air.”
However, although the photo was taken by a professional photographer, Malek never saw the final shot.
“I don’t have the photo,” he told the late night television host, before encouraging all of the viewers at home to help him “track it down.”
And about one month later, the 76-year-old musician’s daughter Mary, herself a professional photographer, found what Malek was looking for.
On Saturday, the actor posted the image on his Twitter account, writing, “I will treasure this @PaulMcCartney. Thank you @maryamccartney.”
Bohemian Rhapsody, which has become the highest-grossing music biopic of all time — crossing $800 million at the worldwide box office in January — tells the story of Queen lead singer Mercury, played by Malek, and the band’s rise to fame.
The Mr. Robot star studied Mercury’s life and mannerisms very closely to perfect his performance, he previously told Entertainment Weekly.
“I would consistently go back to his interviews and performances just to understand the [different] sides of him,” Malek said. “Obviously, there is a very brave, brash entertainer who hits the stage. And then there is a human being who can be reclusive and lonely behind closed doors.”
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Malek has also been lucky offscreen when it comes to finding love.
The actor first confirmed his romance with his costar Lucy Boynton at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Film Awards Gala earlier this month with a sweet shoutout to the 24-year-old actress while accepting the award for breakthrough performance.
“Thank you, Lucy Boynton. You have been my ally, my confidant, you are my love,” he said. “I appreciate you so much.”