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Rhap star

Bringing the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen to the big screen was never going to be easy. But for Rami Malek, playing the rock legend was “one sweet moment set aside”

Rami Malek

Rami wears shirt, jeans and boots, all by Calvin Klein Jeans

Standing in a run-down London building, actor Rami Malek realises he doesn’t need to be wearing the cardigan he’s been styled in for his Attitude cover shoot. He casually removes it mid-sentence to reveal a figurehugging white vest. Rami, we soon discover, is intoxicating. As the lead actor in the forthcoming Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, we’re already won over. In real life he’s charming, thoughtful and polite.

He smells of sandalwood, although he can’t recall the fragrance. Consider us sold. When we meet Rami, he’s little more than 48 hours away from completing work on the film — noting that two days earlier they did some pick-up shots (“piano gaps” from the Live Aid scenes, fact fans. “A little bit off.”) He’s still very much in the head space of having played the legendary singer in the first official film about the Queen front man, who died from an Aids-related illness in November 1991, at the age of 45. Once the shoot wraps, the actor — best known for his leading role in Mr Robot and as “Snafu” Shelton in the Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks WWII-set mini-series The Pacific-– is once more fully-clothed. And there’s one slight difference from seeing him on our set, and in scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody. Rami’s not rocking that otter look…

THE SHOW MUST GO ON: Rami as Freddie on stage
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This issue: Cher on Abba, Drag Race and wigs! Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek! Andy Cohen, America’s most dangerous chat show host! Plus, the Gay Farmer and Strictly’s AJ.