Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek reveals why his Freddie Mercury Rocketman cameo fell through

Last month, Bohemian Rhapsody replacement and Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher revealed that Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury almost cameoed in the Elton John biopic. Speaking with Gay Star News, Fletcher revealed: “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.”

Fletcher added: “It would’ve been a little too knowing…I’m not looking to set out to make a cinematic universe!”

And now Malek himself has spoken out on the Freddie cameo that didn’t come to pass, something the star feels was a real shame.

Speaking with The Mirror, the Oscar-winner said: “I thought about it, talked about it with Taron and if there was a way to do it we were going to try.

“We threw out ideas about where Freddie and Elton could be at the same time because they spent quite a bit of time together and would challenge each other on who could throw the most extravagant parties.”

He added: “With the different studios involved I don’t think there was a chance in hell that Fox was going to let me do it.

“But we wanted to and it was a shame. I would have loved to.”

Meanwhile, an Elvis cameo was shot for Rocketman but ended up on the cutting room floor.

Rob Delaney, who played The King of Rock and Roll in the deleted scenes, told BBC Radio 6 Music how his hair was accidentally permanently dyed black for the part.

Delaney said: “I did shoot a couple of scenes in the film as a guy named Elvis Presley, who you may have heard of, and they even dyed my hair black for it.

“In the make-up trailer, they said, ‘Do you want the temporary dye or the permanent?’

“I was like, ‘temporary please,’ and they put in the permanent by mistake, so it was black for six months after.

“My hair is black in another movie because of playing Elvis in Rocketman, which got cut, which is very funny, but that’s just the way the ball bounces sometimes.”

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