Bohemian Rhapsody is the hit of the moment! It is a 2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen. With Rami Malek, who plays iconic Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, in the Oscar-buzzworthy movie.
Rami Said Malek is an Egyptian-American actor. He became known for the leading role in USA Network’s ‘Mr. Robot’. He also has won an Emmy award for his role in this psychological thriller series.
Guess what? The Bohemian Rhapsody star will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The 37 year-old actor will be honoured at the gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight, at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 3.
In a media release, festival chairman Harold Matzner announced that “In the film Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek fully brings to life and embodies musical legend Freddie Mercury, in what is truly an outstanding performance for this fine actor. For his portrayal that is garnering much critical acclaim, it is our honour to present the 2018 Breakthrough Performance Award to Rami Malek.”
Malek will join the ranks of Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Lupita Nyong’o and Jeremy Renner, who previously won the Breakthrough Performance Award.
GQ Middle East
The talented actor also had the chance to be on the cover of the first ever published ‘GQ’ Middle East.
‘My family is Egyptian. I’m a first generation American. So being Egyptian is in the fibre of my DNA and something I’m immensely proud of. So to grace this cover is an accomplishment. I never would have thought I would be saying that, but it really is.’ He said during an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Breaking walls in Hollywood
It is very important that he has been able to make such a big breakthrough in Hollywood, despite his ethnicity. Especially if he gets the chance to play such an important role. Freddie Mercury had made history with his music and has touched many souls in the Western world.
In Hollywood, Arab actors mostly get cast in movies that are about war in the Middle-East or if it is related to terrorism. There isn’t a good representation. Arab actors are starting to become more prominent in Hollywood as far more than just background extras or stereotypical terrorists. There are many that are starting to not only become notable names on the big screen, but also lead them as well.
Rami Malek has been given a role with no reference to his origins and that is really a huge succes. This movie really represents that despite the ethnicity, religion, etc. you can make such an amazing performance.