Rami Malek is still riding high from his recent Oscar nomination for playing Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He was so busy pouring his heart, mind and soul into playing the band's frontman that he claimed that he was unaware of the sexual abuse allegations surrounding the film’s director, Bryan Singer.
The Egyptian-American actor spoke to the Los Angeles Times about his thoughts on the accusations and his recent Oscar nod.
“As far as I knew, I was considered before Bryan was even attached. So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never really looked up," the 37-year-old revealed.
Rami explained, "I didn’t know much about Bryan. I think that the allegations and things were, believe it or not, honestly something I was not aware of, and that is what it is."
Despite the allegations, Rami is proud of his cast and crew for creating such a successful film. "I’m just proud that this cast and crew collectively raised their game and we depended on one another. It was a testament to everyone’s spirit and courage and skill. And one thing I will say about everyone — almost everyone — we never gave up,” he said.
Bryan was subsequently replaced by Dexter Fletcher after being fired.
Despite the controversies surrounding the film, it has since been nominated for five Oscars.
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