Although Queen built up to their legendary 1985 Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium over years and years of success and turmoil, the Bohemian Rhapsody cast had to jump right on stage on day one.
Rami Malek, who plays legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, told Jimmy Fallon on Monday night that it was the first point of call for the producers.
“You’re not going to believe this, but one of the greatest rock performances in history, it’s considered maybe the greatest, for some reason our producers thought it would be a good idea to start with that on day one,” Malek told Fallon in an interview.
“But I thought they must have a reason for doing this,” he added. “Because you know, if halfway through we get through this and we suck, they’ll just pull the plug on the whole production, pack it up, and go home, save $60 million and we don’t have to watch this B-rate version of Queen for three months.”
Turns out they didn’t suck.