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There's a full, edited version of Bohemian Rhapsody's Live Aid performance just waiting to be unleashed

Photo: Alex Bailey (20th Century Fox)

20th Century Fox’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is on track to be the big box office winner this weekend, expected to push well past the $50 million mark by the time audiences are done with it tonight. And given that some of the first things we saw out of the film’s troubled production were  pictures of Rami Malek dressed up in Freddie Mercury’s iconic Live Aid get-up, it’s not much of a spoiler to learn that the film’s big climax is centered on the band’s legendary performance at the 1985 fundraiser.

What is slightly more surprising to learn, though, is that not only was the Live Aid sequence the first thing shot for the film, but that there’s a lot more of it out there than what ended up on screens. Per an interview with the show’s cast (conducted by Collider’s Steve Weintraub), Malek and co-stars Gwylim Lee, Ben Hardy, and Joseph Mazzello revealed that they actually filmed a straight runthrough of the entire six-song performance so that it could be spliced into the movie. More interestingly, there’s also apparently a full-length version of the full performance in the works, presumably as a bonus feature for the movie’s home video release, in case your taste for faux-Freddie failed to be sated by the film itself.


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