Rami Malek says he and fired Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer "had artistic differences. When it becomes about one person on set, that's a problem." Singer was replaced by Dexter Fletcher early in the project, but he will still have sole credit.
The actor says his priority was to "honor Freddie [Mercury], present some aspects of who he was."
The star of the soon-to-open bio-pic tells Britain's Empire magazine, "I know I'm never going to be Freddie Mercury – that's a losing game, right? But, in trying to get as close as you can to emulating someone, in doing the work, I felt I had a decent handle on who he was. It's healthy to have your own opinions."
The film opens in the U.S. on November 2nd.