Published Nov 23, 2018Brian May has stepped up to defend the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in the wake of the film receiving negative reviews and criticism for factual errors.
"We've lived with this project for nine years and it's incredible to see it doing so well," the Queen guitarist told the Press Association in a recent interview. "It came out to shitty reviews, as some of our work has before, but the public has embraced it magnificently."
May went on to praise Rami Malek's "remarkable" performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, saying, "He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie."
May added that, "without a doubt he'll be on the nominations list for an Oscar" — an accolade he dubbed "well deserved." He also suggested that the Gwilym Lee (who portrays May in the film) "should be getting awards all over."
The film project struggled to get off the ground and ran into casting and directing shake-ups multiple times, but May maintains that he's happy with the contributions from everyone involved.
"Everybody gave 200 percent, from the actors and technicians to the production team and hair and make up, everyone," May said. "You don't get any lukewarm responses."