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Rami Malek’s Journey to Stardom

today4 February 2019


“You get an opportunity to do this job, as an actor, and you never know if it’s going to work or not.”

At 37 years old, Rami Malek just became Hollywood’s breakout star. Though Rami had picked up award trophies for his work on the celebrated cerebral drama “Mr. Robot”, it wasn’t until he stepped behind the mic to portray Queen’s iconic frontman Freddie Mercury in 2018’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” that the Egyptian-American actor officially made the transition from acclaimed actor to unabashed movie star.

Rami Malek made his film debut in “Night at the Museum” in 2006. He portrayed the character ‘Pharaoh Ahkmenrah’ in that movie. Earlier he had appeared in few TV shows including “Gilmore Girls” and “Medium”. Rami also got casting role as a suicide bomber in the series “24”. But these roles were different from the past roles as these roles were ‘fit for him’. Talk about American ‘stereotypes’!

Rami Malek as Prince in Night of The Museum

Rami was patiently waiting for the big opportunity. Finally, he got his big break by playing as Elliot, the hacker thanks to the popular series, “Mr. Robot”. This ultimate role not only earned him several awards including a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Award, and a SAG Award.

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Besides acting, his career also includes voiceover in “Halo 2”, “The Legend of Korra” and as Joshua in “Until Dawn”. In addition, Rami also played as Finn in the action-packed movie “Need for Speed” in 2014.

Once, Rami has told about his pizza-delivery days in an interview, recalling the years that he handed out pizza boxes with his face taped to them before someone finally called.

“I used to tape my headshot and résumé to pizza boxes, and if anyone seemed even remotely involved in the industry, I was taping them up and sending them out for years.”

While “Bohemian Rhapsody” has received mixed reviews, everyone agrees there is one thing about the movie that rocks as hard as Queen: Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury. The captivating Egyptian- American actor has fascinated audiences with his portrayal of the bombastic and charismatic frontman who died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991.

His usual method for creating a character is to start from the inside out. But when it came to playing Freddie Mercury, Rami worked first on the legendary Queen frontman’s flamboyant physicality before delving into the psychological. This movie has earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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Rami has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn’t post often and when he does, it’s usually related to one of his projects or political issues when it comes to Twitter. His Instagram? There are just three photos—two with Stephen Colbert (in 2016 and 2017) and then one with Ellen DeGeneres from November 2018. While he has 2.1 million followers on the platform, he’s not following anyone.

Rami is now certainly in his path to achieving even greater heights in this industry – no denying, he can offer more than what he had. Let’s wait and see what’s more we can get from him.

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Source: E News, The Guardian

Written by: Priscilla G

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