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Dexter Fletcher talks about replacing Bryan Singer on 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

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has revealed that it was Rami Malek, the lead star of "Bohemian Rhapsody", who first approached him to replace on the biopic as the thought he could do a "better job".

It was in December 2017 when Singer, who was originally attached with the project as a director, was fired by over his repeated absences from the film's set.

He was replaced by Fletcher, who had started working on another biopic, "Rocketman", based on the life of music icon

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fletcher recalled the that he received a from Malek where the urged him to save the project.

"Rami was like, 'We fucking need you, man. We need somebody. If you come to set and s**t on the floor, you'll still do a better job than this guy'," Fletcher said.

Fletcher, 53, was the first choice for the director's but he was not hired because his take was R rated and makers wanted to make a PG 13 movie. It was then that the studio brought in

Talking about his comeback to the film, the said, "I want to be a guy where the folks go, 'Well, he's f**reliable. That's good.' Because I've got drive. I want to be somewhere."

"I want them to be like, 'OK, we need to put together a movie. Who can we trust with that money? Well, he f**got us there and delivered'," he added.

Fletcher said he had pitched the film as an 'R-rated' project which would have explored everything about Mercury, even his sexuality.

"I was like, 'It's got to be R. It's got to have f***ing angst and be about an immigrant, a gay man, all the outsider values'," he said.

The said it felt like a "boot in the teeth" when the studio decided to make a PG13 film.

"It was like, 'The money's not there. We're not doing it.' But look, just because you put all your heart into something doesn't mean to say it's right. They (Fox) were right, USD 900 million right," Fletcher added.

Despite its controversies, "Bohemian Rhapsody" emerged as one of the big winners at The film won four at the ceremony, including the Best for Malek.

Fletcher's "Rocketman", starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, will have its world premiere at

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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 12:46 IST