Jan Sewell, who was tasked with taking the actor from Mercury at age 19 into his late 30s, used a prosthetic nose, eye makeup and fake teeth to turn the "Mr. Robot" star into the Queen frontman.
Capturing the energy and flamboyance of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody meant a dramatic transformation for Rami Malek, best known as the twitchy lead character in USA's TV drama Mr. Robot. Hair and makeup department head Jan Sewell was challenged to take Malek, 37, from Mercury at age 19 into his late 30s.
"Certainly parts of his face really look like Freddie, but then there are other parts that don't," says Sewell. "Rami's nose was a bit bigger, so we put on a tiny prosthetic nose to give him the very straight, aquiline nose that Freddie had — and because that also helped bring Rami's eyes in a bit."
She used eye makeup — with shading to make his eyes appear closer together — and shaded in his cheeks. "Rami has a fantastic jawline, not too different from Freddie, but I brought that out even more."