On Tuesday (Oct. 30), Adam Lambert revealed that he makes a brief cameo in the hotly anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. In a red carpet interview from the film’s New York City premiere, Lambert told Access that his appearance is “very, very mysterious.”
Upon the film’s theatrical debut yesterday (Nov. 2), eagle-eyed Glamberts were quick to spot the American Idol star. The blink-and-you-miss-it moment happens during a scene where Mercury (played by Mr. Robot star Rami Malek) is at a truck stop on Queen’s first-ever North American tour. He calls then-fiance Mary Austin (played by Lucy Boynton) from a pay phone for a quick check-in while a suitor is waiting for a public restroom hookup in the background. That gentleman caller? Yep, that’s Lambert!
Lambert has been on tour with Queen, stepping in as the band’s frontman over the past six years. In an essay for Billboard, Lambert said that he became obsessed with Mercury in his early 20s.
“Musically, I loved his attack: He was very aggressive and seemed in control of everything he was singing. Later, seeing some live performances [on video], it was also his stage presence, the way he was so over the top,” he wrote. “I knew he meant to be campy and wild to entertain people. I identified with that in him very quickly.”
Most recently, Queen and Adam Lambert completed a month-long Las Vegas residency in September.