The Dude Who Helped Rami Malek Sing In Bohemian Rhapsody 'Had A Feeling' It Would Be A Big Hit

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the biggest hits of 2018 no matter what metric you use. it did serious box office business and it also won its share of awards, including a Best Actor Oscar for Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. The degree to which it was a success may have been a surprise to some, but apparently not to Marc Martel, who was one of the voices of Freddie Mercury.

While Rami Malek has said he did some of his own singing for Bohemian Rhapsody, we know that his voice isn't the only one we hear in the movie. Marc Martel, a Canadian singer and musician does a lot of the heavy lifting sounding like Freddie Mercury, and the singer recently stated on SiriusXM (via Ultimate Guitar) that he was confident early on that the movie would be hit. According to Martel...

I was paid well, yeah. Honestly, just being a part of that movie was worth its weight in gold, but I had a feeling I was going to do really well just because I know firsthand just how beloved the band is all over the world because I tour the music, and so yeah, sure.

Marc Martel started out singing Christian music but has been fronting a Queen tribute band for years because the similarity between his voice and Freddie Mercury's voice had been noted early on.

Martel doesn't specify exactly which songs in the movie he performed, and he's very clear that he is only "one of" the voices of Freddie Mercury that we hear in Bohemian Rhapsody, though he admits he doesn't know who else may have contributed. Martel's voice also isn't heard alone. His singing is layered in with, at least, Freddie Mercury's own voice, and likely Rami Malek's as well, to create something a little different so we're not simply listening to prerecorded lyrics from Queen albums.

Martel had apparently been approached by Queen manager Jim Beach years ago to potentially add his voice to the film that became Bohemian Rhapsody. It was something of a long road for the movie to make it to the screen, but when it was time to record the vocals, Martel got the call.

And he certainly wasn't wrong that the movie "was going to do really well." It brought in over $900 million in global box office dollars, won the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama, was nominated for five Oscars, and took home four of them, including the previously mentioned Best Actor statue for Rami Malek.

We've seen a few different musically inspired films follow Bohemian Rhapsody. Only the Elton John movie Rocketman is a straight biopic in the same way, but Yesterday and Blinded by the Light each use the music of a specific band or artist, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen respectively in this case, to tell a story.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.