Bohemian Rhapsody is currently on a triumpahnt global victory lap. The jubilant cast and crew are celebrating the vindication of enormous box office receipts and the ongoing awards season success. Yet, the very first week of filming saw major unhappiness wamong th efour lead actors. On the home entertainment special features, Queen legends Brian May and Roger Taylor reveal the most terrifying moment of the shoot for all involved when producer Graham King made a very unpopular decision and said: “They were not happy.”
Bohemian Rhapsody opens and closes with the incredible moment Queen stunned the world at Live Aid.
It is the biggest scene in the entire movie requiring the most technical trickery and special effects. A full-size replica of the Wembley stage was built. It is the scene that could literally make or break the movie and define the performances of the cast.
It is the first thing that was filmed. Understandably, the cast were horrified.
King said: “Starting the production with Live Aid was madness. It was such a full -on thing starting at the deep end… They were not happy that Live Aid was the first week of shooting because they wanted to get their feet wet and build to it.”
“Due to weather in the UK, we wanted to get Live Aid done. So when they embraced it and accepted that I wasn’t going to change the schedule, then it became ‘Let’s celebrate it. Let’s use Live Aid as a way to celebrate Freddie’s life and the music.'”
May paid tribute to the cast: “They plunged in at the deep end that was like the pinnacle performance they had to pull off right at the beginning at the start of shooting. Which is tough but they had it down.”
The footage shows May reassuring Malek on the Live Aid set: “It’s great, it’s amazing.”
Taylor added: “We were delighted.”
The cast also accepted that the experience was a baptism of fire which united four young actors, virtual strangers, and forged them into the on screen incarnation of Queen.
The concert provides the exhilarating climax of the movie and leaves the audience on a high which has translated into multiple repeat viewings and phenomenal word of mouth.
Just as the original performance brough the world back to Queen, so the scene has taken the movie out to the world.
Bohemian Rhapsody is out now on digital and download, and on DVD and Blu-ray on March 3