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The Freddie Mercury biopic has been a box office smash hit, having raked in almost $600 million worldwide. And now Queen guitarist May has revealed what his favourite scene in Bohemian Rhapsody was; one that was almost cut. Speaking with Classic Rock, the 71-year-old said: “My favourite Rami moment is when Freddie is plucking up the courage to tell us he’s going off to do his solo album. It’s a wonderful piece of acting – and a lot of that wasn’t in the script.”
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He continued: “And when I watch it I feel that is so Freddie. He’d talk quietly, puff on his cigarette, not want to come out with the words.
“Eventually he did it – in a very cut-and-dry manner. But you can see the angst inside.
“That scene nearly got cut from the movie – that’s a little secret – just because there’s always this pressure to make things shorter.
“But we fought for that scene to stay in, because the realism of it is quite gut-wrenching. That was a difficult moment for us. It’s Freddie kinda leaving his family.”
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In the same interview, May revealed his “joy and horror” at watching the Freddie Mercury movie.
He said: “Joy and horror and sadness and all those big emotions.
“I’ve seen it hundreds of times now, in fragments and eventually coming together, and it still gets me, I must say.”
“It’s very emotional. It’s all about Freddie.”
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May added: “Yes, we are in there, but the story is about Freddie and that was always the aim.”
“Obviously Freddie is so precious to us. One of the great breakthroughs early on was [screenwriter] Peter Morgan saying: ‘This is a film about family.’
“It’s about all the stuff that happens in a family – some good, some bad, the going away, the searching for independence and then the nurture of the family.
“It’s a film about that stuff, on one level, and then it’s about Freddie’s emerging talent, his amazing resilience and sense of humour.”