Rami Malek talks about his favorite Queen songs and how adrenaline helped him channel Freddie Mercury in the new ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ biopic.
Josmar Taveras, USA TODAY
Rami Malek is the first to admit he’s no comedian.
“I tend to do these really intense characters,” Malek told the audience, “which makes a lot of sense because people tell me I have what’s called a ‘villainous face at rest’. ”
Malek, 40, who starred in “Mr. Robot” in the United States, gradually learned to accept his strangeness.
“I’ve always been more drawn to bad guys,” Malek said in his opening monologue. Growing up obsessively watching Disney’s ‘The Lion King’, “I actually found Simba a bit boring. Do you want to be king? You are 3 years old. “
As for Jodie Foster’s thriller “The Silence of the Lambs”, which turns 30 this year, “I always say to myself ‘This poor Hannibal. This lady Clarice keeps coming to ask her all these questions. Leave the guy alone! ”
Malek appeared as everything from a stinky bug to an aspiring prince to Pete Davidson during the show, even paying homage to Netflix’s hottest series right now, “Squid Game.” He was joined by 007 co-star Daniel Craig, who surprised audiences by appearing in Saturday’s episode.
Malek currently stars in the latest James Bond thriller “No Time to Die” as maniac Lyutsifer Safin, a bioterrorist seeking world control and the love interest of 007 Madeleine (Lea Seydoux).
“I kept remembering that James Bond could be powerful and a hero to everyone,” Malek told USA TODAY. “But there is no greater adversary, greater power, or smarter human being than Safin. It is his vision of himself. “