New ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Clip Wants You to Go Higher (VIDEO)

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brian-mcgee - September 6, 2018


Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was nothing if not an exacting perfectionist, and this new clip from the upcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody gives us just a taste of his quest for musical perfection. In this clip, Mercury (Rami Malek) is recording drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) for the operatic section of the film's title song, and continually asks him to make his voice go higher.

As many Queen fans know, in concert it was often Taylor hitting the outrageously high notes that Mercury established for songs during recording sessions. While there is no denying Mercury's impeccable voice and four octave range, you can't blame him for not wanting to hit those notes on the regular.

Another thing Queen fans will be happy about is that, as shown in the back half of the clip, they'll be using actual recordings of Mercury's vocals for the concert sections of the film. There's no point in making an actor like Malek, who is no doubt talented, try to hit some of those notes and imitate Mercury's vocal pattern. It didn't stop Jamie Foxx from winning an Oscar for Ray, and it won't take away from his performance, either. Not every actor can be Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison.

Bohemian Rhapsody opens in theaters across North America on November 2.

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