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He called the win “an honor I’m taken aback by,” and thanked Freddie Mercury, the late Queen frontman whom he portrays in the film.
“I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life, being exactly who you want to be and accomplishing everything you so desire,” Malek said. “And I feel that, and he allows us all to feel that. So this is for him.”
Backstage, Malek said that until he was cast in Bohemian Rhapsody, he didn’t know Mercury’s birth name was Farrokh Bulsara. “I think what was a phenomenal challenge was looking at a human being who I saw as a rock god and a deity, and [thinking] ‘how am i ever going to get close to him?’ ” Malek said. “Well, it was identifying as a guy named Farrokh Bulsara, who was an immigrant and an adventurer discovering who he wanted to be, and said who he was going to be.”
The win comes just days after Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody‘s credited director, was accused by four more men of having sex with them when they were underage in an exposé published by The Atlantic.
Then, on Thursday, the film was removed from the GLAAD Media Awards list of nominees for outstanding film — wide release.
Singer was fired during the production of Bohemian Rhapsody in December 2017, with 20th Century Fox citing unexplained absences from set as the reason. He was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, though DGA rules required that Singer be credited as the film’s helmer.
The 2019 SAG Awards were simulcast live on TNT and TBS from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, with Megan Mullally serving as the show’s second-ever host.
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