For the Men's Health Train Like series, we've broken down the fitness routines that have created just about every type of movie character, from superheroes to monsters to assassins to interplanetary intelligence agents. We've never had the chance to take a peak behind the training protocol to support an actor taking on the role of a bonafide music icon—one that helped to craft a character that earned a Best Actor Oscar. Until now.
When Rami Malek took on the role of Freddie Mercury for the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, he needed to be able to emulate the late Queen frontman in every way. That didn't just mean he could get away with mimicking the mannerisms of the iconic artist and slapping in some fake teeth. Malek also had to convincingly reproduce the electric stage presence of one of the most charismatic performers in music history. To do this, Malek needed to be able to move convincingly, since Mercury was more than just a big voice.