In a dialog on the Santa Barbara Worldwide Movie Pageant Friday, through which Malek was being honored for his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, The Hollywood Reporter requested the 37-year-old actor concerning the current allegations in opposition to the filmmaker.
“My coronary heart goes out to anybody who has to reside by something like what I’ve heard and what’s on the market,” Malek informed the viewers. “It’s terrible, it’s exceptional that this occurs, I can respect a lot what they’ve been by and the way troublesome this should be for them. Within the gentle of the #MeToo period that this someway appears to exist after that, it’s a horrible factor.”
Malek then spoke about his expertise working with Singer, who has lengthy been accused of abusing or raping teenage boys and creating poisonous work environments on his film units. The “Mr. Robotic” star mentioned he beforehand had a troublesome time speaking about his time working with the director as a result of he didn’t need to take consideration away from Mercury or Queen, however mentioned he doesn’t “need anybody to not really feel like they’ll share their story.”
“I’ve sat right here and talked about how everybody deserves a voice and anybody who desires to speak about what occurred with Bryan deserves to have their voice heard,” Malek mentioned. “In my state of affairs with Bryan, it was not nice, by no means. And that’s about what I can say about it at this level.”
The Hollywood Reporter famous that Malek appeared visibly emotional whereas talking about Singer.
“For anybody who’s searching for any solace in all of this, Bryan Singer was fired,” Malek added to the viewers. “Bryan Singer was fired, I don’t assume that was one thing anybody noticed coming however I believe that needed to occur and it did.”
Singer was fired and changed by Dexter Fletcher as director of “Bohemian Rhapsody” halfway by manufacturing for failing to indicate as much as work and never due to abuse allegations that got here to gentle in December 2017, through which accuser Cesar Sanchez-Guzman mentioned that Singer lured him into room throughout a 2003 yacht get together and compelled him to carry out oral intercourse on him earlier than raping him when he was 17 years outdated.
In January, the Atlantic revealed a brand new investigation — which the outlet mentioned it labored on for 12 months and concerned over 50 sources — that described claims in opposition to Singer from 4 new accusers.
Singer has denied all of the allegations in opposition to him and referred to as the Atlantic’s report a “homophobic smear piece” in a press release.
When Malek was requested about these allegations, he mentioned he was beforehand unaware of them and was thought of for the a part of Mercury “earlier than Bryan was even connected” to the movie.
Regardless of being fired from the Queen biopic, Singer nonetheless obtained sole directorial credit score on the film and can see a $40 million payday from the high-grossing movie. He’s additionally nonetheless slated to direct the upcoming movie “Purple Sonja.”
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