Adam Lambert Just Confirmed ‘Who’ He Was in Bohemian Rhapsody
If you are still as gagged at Bohemian Rhapsody as we are, you will agree that the Golden Globes got it right for honoring the incredible biopic about Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury. It’s no doubt that Rami Malek’s portrayal of Mercury MADE that Mother F***in’ film into the masterpiece that it is being revered to be.
But now as we are in the midst of award season, we are still learning that Bohemian Rhapsody was sprinkled with surprises that make truly elevate it beyond what we already love.
Back in November, Adam Lambert, who has toured with Queen, shared with Billboard that he appeared in the film, but that his cameo was “very, very mysterious”. So after much speculation, fans who watched the filmed might still be wondering who or where was Adam Lambert in the filmic symphony that is Bohemian Rhapsody?
Well, today, Adam Lambert JUST shared some what many were suspecting—his role as the trucker at the truck stop. Without spoiling, during the scene Freddie Mercury (Malek) is on the phone with Mary Austin (played by Lucy Boynton) while he is at a truck stop. Here, we see a trucker with facial hair, flannel, denim, and a hat walk conspicuously into a bathroom—to which we see Mercury hungrily react. That trucker? Adam Lambert.
Lambert’s appearance is a few seconds and if you went to the concession stand for popcorn or event blinked, you might have missed him. This tweet and photo is the first public confirmation that the modern-day Queen frontman was in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Lambert is currently on tour with Queen
Adam Lambert Reveals the Unexpected Cameo He Had in Bohemian Rhapsody: ‘Who Is He!?’
Adam Lambert was hidden in plain sight.
The 36-year-old singer confirmed his cameo role in Bohemian Rhapsody on Friday, putting to rest months of rumors in a cheeky tweet.
“Who is he!? #BohemianRhapsodyMovie is available for digital download on 1/22!” Lambert tweeted alongside a photo of himself dressed as the truck driver who attracts the attention of Rami Malek‘s Freddie Mercury during a montage in the film.
The biopic centers around Mercury’s rise to fame with fellow Queen band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, as well as his death from complications of AIDS in 1991.
The former American Idol runner-up has collaborated with Queen as lead vocalist for Queen + Adam Lambert since 2011, culminating in a successful world tour from 2014 to 2018.
In September, Lambert admitted to PEOPLE he was “really nervous” about filling in for Mercury after the band hired him.
“Not only did I have to make sure my voice held up and I know all the words… but it was also the perception of fans; I definitely had some concerns,” he said. “This is not my music that I wrote: This is me, as a guest, with one of the greatest rock bands of all time, singing the songs that one of the greatest rock singers of all time brought to life.”
Lambert added, “Freddie is irreplaceable.”
“There’s no way to compare to him. It was always my hope that audiences would understand that I’m up there just excited to sing great music that everyone knows,” he said.
Chances Are You Completely Missed Adam Lambert’s Bohemian Rhapsody Cameo
By now, you’ve probably seen the smash-hit Bohemian Rhapsody at least once, if not five times. It’s become a global sensation that is smashing through award season and has become so popular, it’s getting its own singalong version. Even though you think you might know the film inside and out, there’s still one factoid that you might find surprising: Adam Lambert has a cameo! The information even surprised me, and I’m an entertainment journalist who saw the film and who is also a casual Adam Lambert fan. It’s not only a fun factoid because Lambert is a powerhouse singer; it’s no secret that he can match Freddie Mercury’s impressive vocals, so much so that he’s touring with Queen this Summer.
So when, exactly, does Lambert pop up in the film? It all goes down when Freddie Mercury embarks on his first American tour with the rest of the band. At one point, the gang is at a truck stop, and Freddie’s at the payphone talking to Mary. He locks eyes with a rough-and-tumble trucker with long hair, a beard, and a baseball cap. They exchange a knowing look, and the trucker enters the men’s restroom. This moment marks Freddie’s first venture into homosexuality, at least in the film’s iteration of his life, so it’s a pretty crucial turning point.
Lambert cheekily alluded to his cameo with a recent tweet promoting the digital release of the film, and I have to say, my mind was blown. Now I’m going to have to go back and watch the scene over again! So, in the end, I guess it’s a good thing it’s available for download in the next couple of weeks? My weary Winter bones might not be able to make it to the theater.
Adam Lambert Reveals ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Cameo
Lambert has been appearing on stage with Queen since 2011 after first performing with the band on the finale of “American Idol” in 2009. This summer, Lambert will accompany the group on its North American tour. As Queen + Adam Lambert, the group typically sells out its shows. According to data from Pollstar, the group grossed $127 million from 97 shows from 2014 to the present.