Rami Malek, whose acclaimed performance in the musical biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has won him a Golden Globe Award and made him the front runner for the Oscar, has finally come clean about his working relationship with film’s director, Bryan Singer.
Malek shared during an interview at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival that his relationship with Singer was combative reports The Guardian.
“In my situation with Bryan, it was not pleasant, not at all,” said Malek. “And that’s about what I can say about it at this point.”
As the press has previously reported, Singer was dismissed from Bohemian Rhapsody with two weeks left on the shooting schedule. He was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, although Singer is still listed as the only director on the film.
Malek did offer this for those people who are uncomfortable with Singer sharing in the success of Bohemian Rhapsody:
“For anyone who is seeking any solace in all of this, Bryan Singer was fired. Bryan Singer was fired, I don’t think that was something anyone saw coming but I think that had to happen and it did.”
Malek has previously told the Los Angeles Times that the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at Singer were “honestly something I was not aware of” when he was working with the director.
A recent article by The Atlantic detailed the accusations of four men who say Singer had sex with them while they were under age.
Singer has denied all allegations of sexual abuse.
Bohemian Rhapsody, however, is doing just fine having banked over $800 million at the box office worldwide.
The film won Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, and was nominated for the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture and BAFTA Award for Best British Film.
The movie also picked up five nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Malek.