Rami Malek Almost Appeared in ‘Rocketman’ as Freddie Mercury
Rami Malek making a brief appearance as Freddie Mercury in the Elton John film Rocketman was discussed.
Dexter Fletcher directed Rocketman and was brought in during the final weeks of filming for Bohemian Rhapsody after director Bryan Singer was fired, so Fletcher definitely had the necessary connections to make this happen. When asked about this crossover of sorts in an interview with Gay Star News, Fletcher said, “There was an idea I had one point, where Elton’s in a restaurant with his mother. I thought John Reid and Freddie could be at another table and they wave at each other! That would have been amazing, [but] it didn’t come to pass.”
As for why it didn’t happen, Fletcher said, “It would’ve been a little too knowing…I’m not looking to set out to make a cinematic universe!”
Oh, but what a cinematic universe that would be! And really, rock stars aren’t that different than superheroes. Sure, they may not have “superpowers,” but their outfits are, at times, just as flashy.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.