Many believe that Rami Malek was thrust into the spotlight with the movie Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018 but that is not the case. Malek’s career has been growing for years, as he has always shown a preference for characters with unique empathy. Malek has worked on television and screen projects ranging from comedy to thriller to horror. With the incredible diversity in him, he can embody almost any type of character in any setting.
Ahkmenrah from Night at the Museum
Rami Malek probably began his film career with Ben Stiller. Malek’s first film role was that of former Egyptian pharaoh Ahkmenrah in “Night at the Museum” in 2006. Stiller plays Larry Daley, a man who accepts a night watchman at the Natural History Museum in London, New York. On his first night, Larry discovers that all of the museum’s artifacts come to life at sunset thanks to a mysterious cursed plaque belonging to Ahkmenrah.
“Night in the Museum” runs very well and ends with two sequels. Rami Malek returned for both episodes, but as he later revealed, Fox executives wanted to be banned from the first. “Fox was a bit worried about my acting and wanted to rewrite it,” the actor noted (via AceShowbiz).
“Maybe I’ve watched ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ too much, Malek said he only did the last one because Ben Stiller believed in his role of Ahkmenrah and insisted he did. It’s still a movie. Who knows if Malek’s career would have been so good without it?
Kenny — The War at Home
2005’s “The War at Home” didn’t feature Rami Malek’s first television role, but it was his first as a series executive. The series was created by writer and producer Rob Lotterstein, who has previously worked on series such as Boy Meets World and Will and Grace. Dave and Vicky Gold raise their three teenage children Hillary, Larry, and Mike, during two weekly conflict seasons. Rami Malek plays Kenny AlBahir, 16-year-old Larry’s best friend.
“The War at Home” never captured the spirit of the times, although the second part of the story that brought Malek into the spotlight was critically acclaimed. In the act, Malek’s Kenny goes gay, with several episodes that test his experience. Kenny’s parents reacted by chasing him away, and the Gold family had to take him in. Malek later said that as the details of the story developed during the writing of this part, this aspect of Kenny’s character was decided from day one.
Marcos Al-Zacar — 24
Fox’s action feature “24” revolves around counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, as he defends the United States of America after a bizarre conspiracy. Each season of the show follows Bauer’s 24-hour life, and each episode delves into a single hour of a developing crisis. It ran for nine seasons and resulted in a spin-off and a television movie called “24: Redemption.”
Rami Malek appeared in season 8, originally used to mark the end of the series. Malek plays Marcos AlZacar, a man involved in a terrorist plot led by the villain of the season, Samir Mehran. Marcos was radicalized after his father was wrongfully arrested for his association with extremist organizations. Although Mr. AlZacar was eventually released, his detention costs him jobs and opportunities, which has had a severe impact on his mental health. Though Marcos only appeared in two episodes, Malek’s touching portrayal of a young man who went wrong is unforgettable.
Finn — Need for Speed
Video game movies are always great, right? Not too. “Need for Speed” from 2014 is an adaptation of the racing series of the same name. The film stars Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a mechanic and former racing driver who runs underground night races for a living. Dominic Cooper, who plays Tobey’s rival Dino Brewster, submits Tobey for manslaughter and puts him in jail for two years. When Tobey comes out, he is determined to unite and take revenge on Dino.
One of Tobey’s crew is computer expert and hacker Finn, played by Rami Malek. The film was released just a year before he appeared as a completely kind of hacker on the TV show “Mr. Robot.” Unfortunately, “Need for Speed” was heavily criticized and failed to build a film franchise consistently. However, “Need for Speed” is a must-see for anyone who loves a good revenge plan and wants to see Malek behind the scenes again.
Freddie Mercury — Bohemian Rhapsody
Rami Malek is arguably best known for playing Queen’s legendary lead singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody 2018. The film also shines in the increasingly dense realm of bio-music, as evidenced by the fact that four of the best Oscars of sound, best sound editor, best editor, and best actor were won by this movie. Malek’s work on the film earned him a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
Malek prepares himself for the role obsessively. As he told Screen Daily, he took piano, singing, and movement lessons, wandered countless hours in the Queen archives and researched Freddie Mercury’s life as much as possible. He worked hard to uniquely embody Mercury’s physical and mental space, like wearing dentures “every night for nearly a year” to feel comfortable while filming. All these efforts have resulted in an incredibly accurate portrayal of one of the greatest rock stars of all time.