Rami Malek says he ‘was not aware of’ the allegations against Bryan Singer

76th Golden Globe awards

One of the biggest knocks against Bohemian Rhapsody’s Oscar campaign is that Bryan Singer directed more than half of the film. Singer had to get the Directors Guild involved on the credits for the film, and he’s still listed officially as a producer and director for Bohemian Rhapsody. He left the production in a storm of controversy and dysfunction – he was missing full days of production, to the point where the production was even halted temporarily, and other people had to step in and cover for him. He was fired with weeks to go in the production, which was an extremely unusual step. They were also trying to finish up the production around the time that Singer was sued yet again for raping a teenage boy.

All of that went down in late November/early December 2017. Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody officially in the first week of December 2017, and the trade papers too pains to say that he wasn’t fired because of the rumors of rape and pool parties, but because of his massively unprofessional behavior. The Hollywood Reporter even noted that Rami Malek went and “complained to the studio, charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism.” It was reported that Singer and Malek had multiple clashes on the set and that Singer even “threw an object” at Rami. These are just some of the reasons why I didn’t think it was fair to slam Rami for “working with Bryan Singer” on the film – they didn’t even get along, and Rami was actually one of the big reasons why Singer was fired. As it turns out, Rami now says that when he signed on to Bohemian Rhapsody, he hadn’t even heard the Singer rumors.

Rami Malek put all of his focus into portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury — so much so that he wasn’t aware of the allegations surrounding the film’s director Bryan Singer. On Tuesday, shortly after learning he earned an Oscar nomination for best actor in Bohemian Rhapsody, Malek, 37, explained where his mindset was in the early stages of filming the blockbuster biopic.

“As far as I knew, I was considered before Bryan was even attached,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never really looked up.”

Of his time working with Singer, 53, who was repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct, Malek said, “I didn’t know much about Bryan. I think that the allegations and things were, believe it or not, honestly something I was not aware of, and that is what it is. Who knows what happens with that … but I think somehow we found a way to persevere through everything that was thrown our way,” he continued. “Perhaps that was Freddie himself doing it because we wanted to make a product that was worthy of him. Who knows? I’m just proud that this cast and crew collectively raised their game and we depended on one another.”

“It was a testament to everyone’s spirit and courage and skill. And one thing I will say about everyone — almost everyone — we never gave up,” the actor added.

[From People]

Well… those answers were not great? Bohemian Rhapsody picked up five Oscar nominations – Best Picture, Best Actor, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Rami was seen as a consensus Oscar pick, but the association with Singer was seen as the one major weak spot of his campaign, that if Oscar voters chose Rami, they were somehow rewarding Singer too. I believe him about being attached to the film before Singer, and maybe I believe that he hadn’t heard all of the rumors about Singer. But his reaction now – “Who knows what happens with that” – is not the best. I don’t know – maybe this is all moot. Christian Bale seems to be surging in the Oscar race.

25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party

Photos courtesy of WENN.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

134 Responses to “Rami Malek says he ‘was not aware of’ the allegations against Bryan Singer”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Lala11_7 says:

    I’m not in the business…

    I’m in the Midwest…

    And even I…had heard of the horrific rumors regarding Singer/Spacey (those two were ALWAYS linked)….FOR YEARS!

    But…okay…Rami…TRIED IT!

    • Oc says:

      Exactly. I’m not in in the industry either and I am from and live in a third world country in South America and I heard about the allegations against Singer, watched An Open Secret and heard rumors about many other abusers in HW. I never believe when I hear “I knew nothing about it” from people from the industry.

    • Sparkly says:

      I didn’t know about Singer or Spacey until I started reading this site.

      • Sunnee says:

        Neither did I.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Me neither, but I don’t work in Hollywood, so I assume someone working in Hollywood would have picked up something, especially when researching his future director.

      • Usedtobe says:

        Me neither.

      • Myrtle says:

        I never even heard of Bryan Singer before coming on this site, either. Nor did I hear the rumors about Kevin Spacey (although I always, always found him icky).

        I, too, believe Rami 100%. As for his, “We’ll see what happens with that” comment, he may be referring to the can’t win atmosphere of today’s call-out culture. Once you’re accused of something, even something like knowing about something that someone else did, you’re often done for. Not sure where I stand on that. #IBelieveRami though. And he’s an incredible actor.

      • billypilgrim says:

        I didn’t know either until I read it on this site.

      • Boodiba says:

        Me either.

    • runcmc says:

      I live in NYC and follow celebrity gossip .. and I didn’t know. So 🤷🏽‍♀️

    • Tasha says:

      Exactly!!!! I’m from the middle of nowhere in the UK and I’ve been hearing things about Singer for YEARS. Such a poor excuse.

    • Himmiefan says:

      I’m just like you, and I heard them. About Weinstein too long before the story broke.

    • Tw says:

      That was my reaction, too.

    • Steff says:

      Rami is full of sh*t. Claiming ignorance at this point is playing both sides so not to piss anyone off.

      • Milla says:

        I was wondering when is he gonna say this. Half of this planet knew, but not an actual actor. Sure. Ok.

    • Nanny to the rescue says:

      I’m from a shithole country in Europe, didn’t follow celebrity gossip before I discovered Celebitchy, and even I’ve heard of Singer’s reputation before I started reading here. So I kinda doubt people actually in the industry didn’t hear any rumours.

    • Pajala says:

      Interesting! Similarly, I don’t work in film, I live on the East Coast, but I had read rumors about Harvey Weinstein’s ‘casting couch’ for 20 years! So those like Meryl who said ‘I wasn’t aware’ are full of it!

    • xdanix says:

      Yep, couldn’t agree with you more. I’m not even in AMERICA, and I heard the stories about him years before Weinstein or TimesUp or anything else. There’s no way people in Hollywood could just “not know”, these stories are way too widespread for that. Besides which- there’s a section on Singer’s wikipedia page dedicated to allegations against him! (Which, god help us, is probably only the tip of the iceberg- seeing as this new article alone has 50 sources I’d be willing to bet there’s a WHOLE lot more.)

      Malek and Queen and everyone else shouldn’t get away with playing dumb here. They knew, and they chose to work with him regardless. So if the women who worked with Woody Allen had to account for that, now they should have to account for choosing to work with Singer. And I mean REALLY account for it, not this nonsense Malek has just come out with.

    • noway says:

      I know it’s hard for anyone to believe on a gossip site, but there are people who don’t hear these kind of stories. I’m on sites quite often, but I can’t recall when I heard about Singer. Originally, I heard he was just a sexist creep, and if that was an actors line not to cross, you just wouldn’t work much. Rami just doesn’t seem like he would lie about this, mainly cause he has a legitimate other explanation to use. He was already signed for the movie, and he wanted it too much to give it up. I mean there is something to say for why should the good guys give up the plumb job, because the criminal has been hired. This was a juicy role for him. He probably does feel guilty about it though, and that could be what you are hearing. Seriously, why do all these people have to give up their livelihoods for the criminals who still get to work. Why aren’t people more concerned about the heads of the studios hiring these creeps, instead of a young actor trying to make a film.

      • Cranpee says:

        “Why aren’t people more concerned about the heads of the studios hiring these creeps”

        THIS.

        All these commenters going on how if they new then everyone must have known. BS. I didn’t necessarily know. A lot of time people (non entertainment) hear things but they don’t care or are really NOT interested in gossip crap and the entertainment world. Really. Many people have already written off Hollywood as a secs pool of debauchery and don’t pay any attention to the latest scandals unless it happens to be all over regular news outfits like Weinstein’s case.
        As for people inside the industry again they hear a bunch of stuff but they, regular actors (not established mega stars) don’t always get the inside scoop on every rumor they hear. Remember it’s all about who you know in HW. And even if they did ‘know’ something that doesn’t mean they have any power to do anything aside from impaling their self with their own sword on principle. Wouldn’t do much though. The gate keepers of HW protect the money makers and the big wallets. These are the people that need going after to break this treacherous lock down game that runs the industry. Actors are only the face of HW. Most of even those that have quite a bit of fame, don’t have power to take on the big studio bosses.

      • LadyT says:

        Agreed. This thread has 122 comments going on and on about this actor, who is not police, prosecutor, journalist, studio head or anyone else with some power. While the article about the actual deviant Singer is merely a *link* with under 30 comments.

      • Some chick says:

        +1 Noway & Cranpee & LadyT. Plus all of the 1s.

        Going after those with the real power is the only way things will ever change. These men need to become toxic. Instead, most of them seem to be able to slime their way out of anything – like a bunch of hagfish! (Seriously, hagfish use billows of literal slime to escape from danger. And it works! You can read about that at The Atlantic too.) Anyway! Gotta start at the top.

        It will be very interesting to see what happens with this. The stories are legit horrific. Singer needs to step aside and make space for directors who aren’t horrible POSs. Sounds also like he is a right mess and could use some time off and therapy. Hopefully he will be canceled.

    • Down and Out says:

      The problem with the rumors back in the day about Singer is that they have always had an undercurrent of (or were sometimes just flat-out) homophobia. I was actually a fan of X-Men, and when he got the job of directing Superman, I remember (for example) the IMDB message boards being overrun with comic bros who were rabidly against a gay director, gay screenwriters, and gay actors (Spacey being something of an open secret even then) doing Superman. I wouldn’t say I was a fan of Singer, but it was difficult to tell if there was really anything to the rumors or if it was homophobia.

      • Cranpee says:

        This too.

        That’s the problem with rumors. Many people like me have been taught not to listen or be lead by rumors. Because you don’t know what’s really fueling them and where they originated which could be two different things.

      • boredblond says:

        You know of course that singer himself, for many many years, has been the one that’s accused any journalist, critic or accuser of being homophobic..and you’d have to live on mars to have never heard of his parties..a big chunk of h’wood feared ever being accused of being within a mile of them.

      • Kebbie says:

        He’s claiming the Atlantic exposé is the product of homophobia too

      • Down and Out says:

        @boredblond – Both things can be true, though. Homophobia can really exist and Bryan Singer might be a predator. I did hear rumors about Singer’s parties back in the day (although those Gawker and Buzzfeed exposés came out after X-Men and Superman Returns), but it was never really anything more than him having wild parties and there being youngish men there. There’s a difference between creepy/questionable behavior and illegal actions. It just wasn’t very clear to me which one was happening.

        I’m not trying to justify anything, here, and I have no insider knowledge. I’m just explaining as someone who used to pay attention to Singer’s career back then, it did seem like there were a ton of homophobic comic bros with their knives out for Singer. Maybe my desire to be an LGBTQ ally made me overlook things.

    • Totally old says:

      Agree. And Rami, I have a bridge to sell you too!

    • Kurtz says:

      You know I think it is interesting to believe the rumours. If we all did that the rumour about Richard Gere’s visit to hospital years ago would be true. We know it isn’t, because it is physically impossible) but that rumour was around for years. I worry that salacious rumour (or gossip) can be taken as fact.

      • CairinaCat says:

        The gerbil thing? It’s actually not physically impossible. You’d be amazed on what we xray in peoples bodies. We collect “interesting” x-ray images (without names) like gross trading cards. Mag flashlights, fruits, vegetables, candles, shampoo bottles ( I have a couple barbie doll ones) and yes the occasional small animal.

  2. BaronSamedi says:

    Yeah, no. Those answers are plain awful and in this day and age there is no excuse for not doing better. I do not fault him for not knowing before – but now?

    How hard is it to simply say the law should deal with Singer? Or anything that makes it plain that you do not agree with his actions? The man was fired. You have your nomination. You CAN be open about it now.

    I hope this movie wins nothing.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree with this. I’m willing to believe he didn’t know (I knew, and read a lengthy article about it years ago, but ok) but he does know now and should have prepared a better response.

    • minx says:

      I just got the movie on iTunes and the extras show nothing at all, that I could see, about Singer. The scrubbed him from the entire film, I guess the movie directed itself until Fletcher came in at the end 😳. Graham King does the talking.

  3. Linda says:

    He is full of BS. He did know!

  4. Mia4s says:

    Bulls**t.

    Those answers are dismissive and self-serving. I’m actively rooting against this guy now. He’d clearly be glad to sell his soul for a piece of metal from an organization that thinks Green Book is glorious. Pathetic.

    • Wilady says:

      Catching someone like Rami make a mistake(like working with a predator) and cancelling them forever doesn’t account for any growth they may make in the future because of this learning experience. It’s not healthy for anyone to “cancel” Rami for working in a production of thousands because one is a predator.

      Punish Bryan Singer by not giving him any work anymore, not by punishing all the people who need a job as well and are just doing their jobs. Unpopular opinion person here, I’m sure.

      • Mia4s says:

        I didn’t say a word about “canceling” him. I don’t cancel people because of whom they work with. I find that ridiculous because people are complicated and imperfect.

        What I mean is I was indifferent to him, but now I am actively rooting for him to lose the Oscar. He and all the enabling members of Queen. Oscars aren’t about merit anyway and his attitude and handling of this all has been gross. Luckily even if he wins, having his name and Oscar nomination permanently entwined with an apparent serial child rapist is plenty punishment enough.

      • eto says:

        Unpopular opinion for a reason. Everyone who was asked about working with Woody Allen and gave a halfway decent response was forgotten about. All Rami had to do was collect his awards and have someone write him a statement and he couldn’t be bothered.

      • Wilady says:

        Mia and eto:

        I totally understand. I guess I’m more adressing people who do cancel people for being entwined in the complicated webs that also include predators. I also feel like this is different if Rami actually did get hired before Bryan. People like Bryan singer and Woody Allen are constantly rewarded by getting work, and that needs to change, and I admit it’s messy in regards to this whose dreams are at stake and would find it difficult to turn down a dream job and huge break. It would admittedly be difficult to quit a dream job because of another shady hire, who shouldn’t have been hired in the first place.

        I appreciate this being a conversation, so thank you.

      • eto says:

        I feel ya, Wilady. I did actually just get my dream job two days ago (!!) so your comments are letting me relate to Rami a bit more… I know he struggled with being typecast as harmful stereotypes so I’m sure this feels like once in a lifetime, maybe once in a generation role for him.

        I wish he could at least fake the appearance of caring about the victims so I could be happy for him & the representation but reading that article really turned a switch for me.

      • Kebbie says:

        Not only that but how many of these self-righteous types paid money to see Bohemian Rhapsody? It made $800 million at the box office. The information on Bryan was out there. Some of us need to look in the mirror ourselves before we condemn Rami and Hollywood and everyone else for continuing to enable Bryan Singer.

        Rumors about Bryan Singer, Harvey Weinstein, and Kevin Spacey were out there and they continued working because audiences didn’t care.

  5. TheOriginalMia says:

    Everybody knows about Singer and his predilection for boys. Those rumors have been around since X-Men. So, Rami…I don’t believe you. He’s not going to win the Oscar. Bale will.

    • Erinn says:

      And not only that…. he’s had HOW long to think up a better answer? I’d say since the day he signed on to this project – you think he’d have thought up something better… which, to me, comes off like he genuinely doesn’t care about anything other than Oscar bait.

      • Esmerelda says:

        Exactly!
        “Who knows what happened with that” is not acceptable in this day and age. Research and come up with an informed opinion, it’s honestly part of your job nowadays (not to mention it’s the decent and moral thing) – you may not have known before, but you surely know now… so you need to prepare a well thought out opinion, at the very least.
        This shrugging off is both despicable and unprofessional.

    • Steff says:

      Guys, I just checked twitter and it looks like Singer has some new accusations. What timing…

    • Andrea MacAulay says:

      Uh, am I the only one who remembers the rumors about Taylor Lautner being at these “parties”??? This was when Twilight and New Moon were in full on world-wide fame mode. So, about 8-9 years ago – I live in Jacksonville, Florida and read about the parties back then…so, BS on not knowing about Singer. I know I don’t get inside info., just read gossip sites like this and Lainey.

  6. Ameara says:

    Bitch, please… There’s no way he didn’t know. He just didn’t care.

  7. T.Fanty says:

    That is a poor defense. And all the more troubling considering the fact that the movie chickened out of any nuanced considerations of sexuality. If this were Kate Winslet giving this answer, she would be pillioried.

  8. Mia4s says:

    Oh gee it’s almost like he said the least to get out ahead of something…

    The Atlantic comes through!

    http://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/580462/

    • Louisa says:

      My god. He’s a monster. As are all those other grown men involved.

    • Himmiefan says:

      This story goes far beyond Singer. When is someone going to point a finger at Geffen?

      • Shijel says:

        Sadly, only the moment he stops being able to line other people’s pockets with money. As long as Geffen can make and move the money, nobody will touch him.

      • Mia4s says:

        @HIMMIEFAN I think reading between the lines in the article we know there is a whole group here, but clearly the article didn’t have enough to publish on the “others”…yet. I’m heartened that at least this exposé was published and all we can do is hope this is just the beginning.

      • BorderMollie says:

        And that other big player we’ve all heard rumors about.

    • C-Shell says:

      That … is incredible. It’s infuriating that victims’ lawsuits against Singer falter and fail because their memory of events, or lack thereof, undermine their credibility. OF COURSE THEIR MEMORY IS IMPAIRED — they were drugged, drunk and traumatized, not to mention still children. FFS

    • TheOtherSam says:

      Thanks for the link @Mia4s. Is this story new today? It looks it – wow. Is this the same story as the big Esquire expose that was rumored for many months, but kept getting back burnered?

      • Mia4s says:

        As I understand it, yes this is the Esquire piece. As to why Esquire didn’t publish it? Well, my guess is if you do a deep dive on who owns Esquire, certain names and connections will start to come up. The Atlantic is to be commended for stepping up. May sure to give them clicks on their stories and spread the link if you can. They will be targeted now. Singer’s already trying with his statement about this being “homophobia”.

      • BorderMollie says:

        It’s so gross when abusers try to hide behind a minority status, particularly when they’re hurting fellow members of their own group. Hope he suffers big time.

  9. T.Fanty says:

    Here’s the other thing, though. Most actors, especially a minor player like Malik, are not in the position of power in these negotiations. I’m not necessarily excusing him, but I do wonder if it is fair to hold B or C list actors accountable when they don’t yet have the power to make a difference in the culture. Just a thought.

    • Erinn says:

      I agree. I know he only has so much room to do anything about it- but I think that’s why is statement is so underwhelming. I get that you need to make a living, and you don’t want to rock the boat more than what you can handle. BUT that’s when making a poignant statement is so important. I don’t expect Rami to single handedly change this situation, but I would have hoped he’d have something useful to say beyond “oh whoops, didn’t know about it”.

    • Mia4s says:

      @TFanty I’m not even necessarily calling him out on taking the role. He’s B list (and thirsty as hell), I get it. It’s how he ducked and weaved even the slightest comment or concern on the MULTIPLE allegations in service of winning his trophies, and now the day before the expose comes out the best he can do is “who knows what happens with that…”?!

      Yuck.

    • noway says:

      Like I said above, Why should he or anyone have to give up a part that earned him an Oscar nod and Golden Globe for Singer or any other criminal? On top of that he fought with him tooth and nail and eventually helped get him fired. Why aren’t people angry at the studio for hiring Singer?

      • pru says:

        I would ask every actor to give up a part, or self congratulatory Hollywood award, if it meant taking power away from a sexual predator. Morals supersede Hollywood ambition.

    • Starkiller says:

      You certainly are excusing him. Any actor in his position, regardless of whether they’re A, B, C, or Z list, has the choice to simply NOT DO THE FILM. They may not be able to single handedly change the culture you speak of, but they certainly don’t have to contribute to it by working with these people!

      • T.Fanty says:

        That’s a simplification of a complex situation to say that they shouldn’t take a job that puts food on their table. It’s an economic luxury to be able to have principles and it isn’t as though people are knocking down his door with offers. The film was happening with or without him. As @Mia4s and @Erinn point out, maybe the criticism should be instead applied. to his weak response now that he has power and a platform to make people listen. He’s taking the Cate Blanchett path and hoping that nobody presses him. He knew, he made his choice, and won’t own it.

      • Cranpee says:

        That’s ridiculous and completely unrealistic. The industry is a cut throat field with many obstacles for working actors. It’s one thing to hold accountable established, mega famous actors that wield power in HW or more so ‘established’, famous, white, male actors that have benefited for a long time now from all the advantages they’ve had over other actors/actresses. But to grill all working actors in the industry as if they even know who ALL the gate keepers are or would have any significant power to challenge them in any situation is totally wrong.

  10. Loretta says:

    I’ve just read the Atlantic article about Singer and OMG that man is disgusting

    • maria s says:

      I started reading it and after a while I couldn’t go on. I’d no idea he was that vile.

    • anony83 says:

      I’m half way through it and it’s making me feel nauseated the same way I felt watching the R. Kelly documentary.

      And for the same reasons. People knew. People ignored it. How much of that was because it was just teenage boys?

    • Megs says:

      I just read it too, horrified and disgusted yet not surprised, unfortunately. How the hell was he able to have a son??? (Singer) is no one concerned about that with all these allegations?

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Scanned it and just got too sick.

  11. SallyS says:

    Greta Gerwig was grilled about her working with Woody Allen, though Allen was not related to “Lady Bird” in any way and she worked with him several years before LB was even released. But Malek is like “oopsie, dunno” about working with the guy who directed the very movie he starred in and is thirsty to get awards for.

  12. tempest prognosticator says:

    No, Rami, don’t hide behind Freddie Mercury.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I’m also disappointed that the remaining band members have said nowt about this as well – in fact they approved Singer as director. They should be called out as well.

      • SallyS says:

        Brian May actually just recently thanked Bryan Singer on his twitter, because Singer shared a video from BR set where May plays guitar solo.
        Here: https://twitter.com/DrBrianMay/status/1084940467370946561

      • Esmerelda says:

        Yes, somebody should really put this question to Brian May… not that I’m holding out much hope for a good answer, but come on, it’s your life’s work and you give it to Bryan Singer? Do your research, Dr May!

      • Erinn says:

        But I’m not really surprised, either. They tried for YEARS to get a Mercury biopic greenlighted. The band kept pushing back because they wanted to have some PG movie where Mercury died around the middle and the rest of the movie is about them picking up and moving on without him.

        I think Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out sometime in 2013 (officially attached in 2010). They wanted to scrub the drug references, any debauchery and really ‘clean’ it all up and basically rewrite history in a way to ‘protect’ their legacy.

        I thought this was a pretty eye-opening quote on what the band thought of the whole thing:
        “[After] my first meeting,” Cohen says, “I should never have carried on because a member of the band — I won’t say who — said, ‘This is such a great movie, because such an amazing thing happens in the middle of the movie.’ I go, ‘What happens in the middle of the movie?’ He goes, ‘Freddie dies.’ I go, ‘So you mean it’s a bit like ‘Pulp Fiction,’ where the end is the middle and the middle is the end? That’s interesting.’ He goes, ‘No no no.’ So I said, ‘Wait a minute. What happens in the second half of the movie?’ And he said, ‘Well, we see how the band carries on from strength to strength.’ And I said, ‘Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you carry on to see [what happens to the band].’”

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @Erinn – the thing is Queen were never the same and neither did they carry on after his death. They are basically a tribute band now who tour with celebrity lead singers standing in for Freddie. They as a band have not released any new music since Made In Heaven in 1995 (which is basically made up of vocals etc.. Freddie recorded before his death).

        As a team they were great but lets be honest Freddie WAS Queen – when he died they lost their creative genius. And that comment from Cohen does not surprise me and my money is on it coming from Brian May (who has always been a it of a twit).

        NO ONE could work a crowd like Freddie and no one has come close since. Live Aid was a masterclass in live performance.

        I agree they wanted a PG movies to protect THEIR image. Freddie lived a very debauched lifestyle, he used to attend/throw the same kinda parties Singer did (minus the underage men). IIRC there were stories in the press about his lifestyle and it caused tensions between the band. He himself admitted that he was promiscuous and embraced that party/drug lifestyle that was prevalent in the 70s/80s.

        Lastly, SBC would have rocked as Freddie – i was looking forward to seeing him as Freddie. Cohen would have really channelled his flamboyancy.

      • Erinn says:

        I think SBC starring would have really been great. It’s a shame that the band messed that up, honestly. But I guess it’s easy to do when you’re more interested in making yourself look more family friendly than you were.

      • greenmonster says:

        @ Digital Unicorn: my money is on Roger Taylor for that comment. I can totally see him saying this and believing it even more so.
        Also, I’m not sure but I think I saw it in a documentary that Queen died for John Deacon with Freddie and he did not want to continue without him. I was so impressed and choked up a little. It seems as if Taylor and May just can’t let go.

    • Chaine says:

      Right??? He acts like Freddie is engineering Rami’s potential win from the great beyond and that somehow that means no one should ask questions about Singer… if Freddie is out there somewhere he must be frantically wishing someone would hold a seance so he could tell Rami “keep me out of this” —

    • Mira says:

      Right? How DARE he bring Freddie’s name into this! UGH these people. I can’t.

    • Coco says:

      The tried and true “Freddie Mercury’s ghost made me do it” excuse.

  13. RBC says:

    I have always pictured Hollywood like high school or an office, at some point you hear or will be the subject of some gossip. Also with Bryan Singer being such a high profile director in entertainment and then getting the chance to work with him, I can’t imagine Rami not hearing some gossip. Something big is about to drop on Singer and Rami is just distancing himself enough not to be dragged down and tarnish his career

    • Mia4s says:

      “Something big is about to drop…”

      http://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/580462/

      And because Rami’s publicist is an idiot by putting out this lame statement when he did, when you search Byan Singer on Twitter, Rami Malek’s name pops up repeatedly alongside the exposé about Singer’s abuse of underage boys….a story with 50 sources. 50!!!!! Incredibly bad PR handling from Malek’s team. Disastrous.

  14. Esmerelda says:

    Duplicated, sorry

  15. eto says:

    Not sure I understand the argument in the post…Yes, he worked with a pedophile and rapist but he didn’t like his personality so all good?

  16. Léna says:

    How long are we going to hear this excuse ?

    I was a teenager when I started reading about how awful Polanski, Allen, Weinstein, R Kelly, Singer, Brown etc.. If they really didn’t know I’m seriously concerned about their entourage and who are advising those people. Even without reading the press, they probably talk about it and gossip about it during private parties. I mean, I know that’s what I would like to know when entering this business.

  17. Jenns says:

    This entire movie, from behind the scenes, to the film itself, is a total sh*t show. I can’t believe it was rewarded with a best picture nomination.

  18. Eva says:

    So disappointed in how Rami has handled this.

    I don’t think it matters if they got along during the filming, the point was he was willing to him at all knowing full well who he was. Plus, while I can believe they did clash, I believe the narrative of Rami being the reason Singer was fired is a PR strategy that is being pushed to distance him and distance the film from Singer and have Rami come across as the ‘saviour’.

    It is farcical for him to pretend not to have known the allegations and he is also yet again using Freddie as a shield to any criticism which is gross.

    If he had taken more of a Timothee Chalamet approach and admitted his mistake, that his own ambition/desire to play this role was more important to him and maybe even that he wasn’t in the position at that point in his career to dictate who the director should be etc I would have at least some respect left for him. But it is now clear his thirst for an Oscar trumps all else and he is angry that he even has to answer these questions for fear it will damage his campaign.

  19. Louisa says:

    I’m so sick of people in the industry acting like they hadn’t heard the rumors whether it be about Singer, Spacey, Weinstein or Allen. Come on. They don’t go to Hollywood parties, or events, or talk to anyone else that does? Give me a break. Malek knew about Singer and didn’t care.

  20. Amelie says:

    I had no idea about Bryan Singer until I started reading this website. You guys have always done a good job reporting on the rumors of creepy men (and Singer just looks so creepy, he has that serial killer face). I didn’t watch the X-Men movies because I am not interested at all in that whole franchise and I know next to nothing about them. So it would be very easy to completely miss all of this for people who don’t care about any of the movies this guys has directed. I barely knew who this guy was before coming to this website and I hadn’t seen any of his movies except for Superman Returns. In general, I am not that well versed in movie directors except for the really big names and I wouldn’t consider Bryan Singer an A-list movie director. So I could see how Rami Malek might have missed all of this like I did. It happens.

    • alyssa calloway says:

      This is true to a point…however Rami is in “the business” and even if he hadn’t heard the stories/rumors, when he landed this huge role he probably would have looked into who his director was. But I find it a bit hard to swallow that he really didn’t know. Like a lot of businesses that are technically big (in that they make a lot of money and employ a lot of people), the film community feels very small and you hear a lot about various people of various levels of fame/importance.

      He might not be a huge A-list director, but he has some clout. The X-Men movies aren’t what you would call prestigious but it’s a relatively successful and well known franchise. So he’s someone a lot of people would know about, especially if you worked in film. (imo, other people who have worked on films feel free to chime in if your experience was different)

      That being said, with the way Singer & his people have destroyed the lives of his accusers, maybe it isn’t as easy to find out? Either way, this answer is horrendous. Because even if he didn’t know it at the time, he’s known for long enough to have something more informed to say. And he definitely didn’t need to bring Mercury himself into it when Freddie is unable to give an opinion.

  21. Shijel says:

    SUUUUUUUUURE sweetheart. I was wondering when the floodlights were going to be put on him. So far he seemed to have dodged the Singer questions, or someone worked very hard to get people to not ask him about Singer. But don’t lie, man, if it’s known to people outside industry, then it’s definitely known inside the industry, and it’s DEFINITELY known to people who, you know, have worked with him.

    Yeah. His team may be scrambling to protect him, but you might as well try to hide from an explosion in a cardboard box.

  22. Mira says:

    Just… Just shut the eff up, Rami. Please. You got your Oscar nomination, now shut up and go away you selfish bastard.

    I hope Christian Bale wins everythiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing.

  23. Miss M says:

    Not excusing him, but we believed Meryl Streep when she said she didnt know about Harvey Weinstein. She is A lister.
    Why we don’t believe Malik?! Double standards much?!

    • Pajala says:

      Please speak for yourself: Meryl is BSing is, but she’s a great actor.

    • crogirl says:

      I agree, if we believe Meryl, Clooney and Lawrence we should believe Rami

    • Nanny to the rescue says:

      Who’s we? I didn’t believe Meryl and I don’t believe Rami.

    • diana says:

      There were billboards on the streets with Meryl’s face claiming that “she knew”. So wtf are you talking about dOUblE STanDards?

    • CairinaCat says:

      I knew about Harvey, there is no way Meryl didn’t know, or anyone Meryl knew with a mouth to talk with, didn’t know.

      • Kebbie says:

        You knew Harvey was forcibly raping women and coercing women into sex? What I recall hearing was that he had consensual sex with actresses and that women would try and sleep with him in exchange for roles. It wasn’t until the exposés on him that I realized it wasn’t consensual and he was pressuring them into it.

        My ignorance is why I continued watching movies produced by The Weinstein Company. I think Meryl probably thought the same as I did.

    • Mia4s says:

      There’s a lot of conversations to be had about who knew what when, but I will say in fairness to Meryl Streep she never said the spirit of Margaret Thatcher shielded her from knowing about Weinstein (as Malek seems to claim about Freddie Mercury’s spirit doing for him re: Singer). 😒

      His statements, particularly in the face of the exposé come across as minimizing and dismissive. At this point I’d like Freddie Mercury’s spirit to show up and punch Malek and all the members of Queen in the face for tainting his legacy with this.

    • Jenna says:

      Something people don’t seem to acknowledge is that we’re all on the internet, reading gossip sites for years — that’s how this stuff has spread around. Do you really think actual famous people troll around like us? That 70-something Meryl Streep is checking out all the comments on CDAN? The internet and internet culture is not the real world, and I think we forget that sometimes.

      • Cranpee says:

        True. Also Streep probably has an entire agency that looks out for her and how she responds to scandals in media.

      • Sid says:

        Actors gossip about each other and drag each other from head to toe in real life. I have seen it. Oh, and they are quick to sell each other out by giving a gossip tip to a magazine in exchange for keeping their own tea from being spilled.

  24. crogirl says:

    I’ve been reading gossip blogs for more than 10 years, I read about Harvey a long time ago but I honestly didn’t even know Singer existed until last year.

  25. a reader says:

    Memo to Rami: STOP USING FREDDIE AS A HUMAN SHIELD. You do not get to deflect attention from someone preying on the gay community by using a gay icon as your defense. You suck. You are the worst. Go away.

  26. TheOtherSam says:

    Rami and his team not handling this well, no question. Bad interview prep work, and prep work is the name of the game during an Oscar campaign.

    Will say here though the pr antics played by the powerbrokers that typically take place during these major tight races have started early this year. Best Actor is (or was, I think) kind of tight, and you see things happening and being highlighted: Viggo’s controversy (self-created) and the Farrelly/Green Book backlash; the Singer controversy, this article dropped today and how it’s affecting Rami and BR; Liz Cheney slamming Bale and reminding everyone of his past issues. I’m waiting for someone to subtly bring up Cooper’s prior marriage and his Villanova/Georgetown transfer (rumors have followed over the years).

    The only Best Actor nominee without controversy seems to be Dafoe. And if he creeps ahead, look out because I’m sure something will be unearthed. Hollywood pr machinations at this time of year are a story itself.

    • xdanix says:

      I’ve heard about the disastrous marriage (I think I’ve heard about 3 different versions of the story over the years, lol) but can I ask about what you mean about Villanova/Georgetown transfer rumors? Never heard about anything there.

      (Though to be honest I don’t know that there’d be any point to someone trying to take shots at ASIB. They messed up with their campaigning and it peaked too early. I love that movie, I wanted the win for it for BC, but honestly unless it pulls off a complete miracle at the SAG awards- which it almost definitely won’t- it’s done. Except for maybe Shallow, it’s not winning. *cries a little*)

  27. minx says:

    I don’t believe him. But I also don’t believe it’s going to hurt him one way or another in the Oscar race.

  28. noway says:

    Good PR people are hard to find, and I’m kind of surprised someone didn’t work with him on his response. Honestly, though most responses about any allegations where people either knew the perpetrators or worked with them have been bad. Notice how a lot of A List actors are just not speaking anymore. There is a simple answer to his rambling answer which doesn’t come across well. Something like this would have sounded better, I didn’t really investigate Bryan Singer at all when I heard he was directing. In hindsight, I probably should have, but I was just enthralled with the movie, the script and Freddie -(let him go into his everything coming through Freddie montage which I’m pretty sure he believes ), and the part was just a dream come true. It’s a shame Singer’s actions cloud all the hard work and dedication of the crew and cast on the film. I think most people would understand that kind of response, especially coming from an up and coming actor who really didn’t have power to change the director, but wanted the job.

    • Helen says:

      acknowledging the horror of singer’s actions would also be a must. but he’s treating it like a nuisance. it almost comes across as sociopathically ambitious. if he keeps up with this self-righteously dismissive attitude, i really hope his ass loses. like, it’s a goddamn statue. you already earned career accolades with the nomination. which should provide you with the opportunity to turn in another awards-baity performance, if that’s what’s truly important to you. be a decent human. ugh.

  29. Elsie says:

    Of course he did! Come on, I live in Italy, and lead a mom life with an office job and I have heard/read about Singer allegations on multiple occasions. He is a liar and a hypocrite. I guess he just didn’t have it in him to say: Yes I knew but the movie was good for my career so I chose to do it anyway.

  30. Pamela says:

    There goes the Oscar, Rami! No one to blame but yourself!

  31. Lulu says:

    There’s a guy in my office building so well known for being a mysoginistic, bullying pig that even people from other office buildings know what he’s like. But when he accosted me in the basement carpark a couple of days ago and he ended up being fired over it due to a build up of incidents relating to his behaviour it was interesting how many people had never heard the stories of what a total psycho he is.

  32. Svea says:

    Whether fair or not, he just lost his Oscar.
    Singer and his cohorts have ruined many lives.

  33. Scarlett says:

    And, that’s how Rami Malek loses his shot at an Oscar. I was rooting for him too! Disgusting.

    If you hear/see something like this happening and don’t say something, you are part of the problem,. Not giving him the benefit of the doubt, I am not a movie insider and the rumors were always there, no excuses.

    This hits me on a personal level as someone who is a survivor of abuse, so many knew what my abuser was capable of and how he treated young girls and did not stop him from being around me, or my siblings…nope, Rami is cancelled in my book.

  34. gobo says:

    I don’t believe him. I don’t believe that he would be so disinterested in who his director was going to be when the role meant so much to him.

  35. Patty says:

    I don’t think Rami has ever been a lock for anything. I think Best Actor is Bale’s to lose. I think Defoe and Mortensen are the other top contenders. That being said, I’ll excise someone outside of Hollywood not knowing but I don’t believe Rami. Don’t believe him at all.

  36. Kebbie says:

    I think Rami had heard the allegations, as most of us had, and took the part anyway because he wanted to play Freddie Mercury.

    I had heard the allegations but I made excuses to myself like “well he was fired, he’s barely a part of it at all” to justify my seeing Bohemian Rhapsody. Ultimately, I contributed to the $800 million box office.

    Who am I to condemn Rami when I contributed to the movie’s success?

    • CairinaCat says:

      I didn’t go see it specifically for this reason, So I’ll condemn him for you.

    • Amelie says:

      I watched the movie but I don’t like Bryan Singer and I think he’s a horrible person. I watched it because I like Queen and thought that Bryan wasn’t attached to it anymore. I don’t think we should’ve expected the entire cast to quit and lose their jobs because of Singer’s mistakes.

      However, Rami is handling this very badly. Now that he knows about Singer’s accusations it sounds like he’s indifferent and just focusing on winning the Oscar. I never blamed him for working on the film but now his poorly-prepared statement is showing the type of person he truly is. Now I’m also kind of skeptical and feel like he might’ve already known about Singer’s accusations but he was playing dumb.

  37. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    Didn’t Corey Feldman out Brian Singer like in the middle of 2017? I feel like I never heard of him before Corey Feldman kept talking about “outing” all these pedophiles in Hollywood and this was the only director he ever named. Or maybe he didn’t and all the stories are starting to run together for me. But I had never heard of Singer until a couple years ago.

  38. Justjj says:

    I’ve known about this since I watched ‘An Open Secret’ years and years ago. It got a lot of attention at the time and EVERYONE was talking about that film. In fact, I remember its weird trajectory and something about Sundance and awards and then it being shuttered out quickly. They knew. Hollywood knows. They know who these predators are. Hollywood has always been a cesspool full of sharks and predators; but the sheer scale of what is required to create monsters like Weinstein and Singer, is staggering and horrific. (There are lots of rumors about others-David Geffen and Dan Schneider come to mind but there are several other big names). These tragedies require the silence, bidding, hiding, cooperation, and coordination of a lot of people. That’s what is devastating. Not just the abuse and shattering of an innocent soul, but the fact SO many people had to have known and not only known, enabled the abuse and led victims into traps. Same with R. Kelly. I don’t believe for one second that the actors, personal assistants, set crew, studio heads, and PR people, just to name a few, had NO idea that these men were habitual abusers and predators. Not for one second. I also have zero Fs to give about actors or music artists who say they were unaware. I’m done with that. I simply do not believe him.

    • otaku fairy says:

      The problem with the Dan Schneider situation is that at this point, it’s been all speculation/internet lore and no victim, Nobody who has worked with him has verified them, and actresses/ actors who have not been abused by him (which may turn out to be most of them. If it turns out to be all of them, that’s kind of a horrifying situation too) are put in a damned if they do, damned if they don’t position if they say something about the rumors being false.