Rami Malek is the first to admit that he’s not funny.
“I’ve played a lot of dramatic roles in my career – lately, a new Bond villain – but I don’t usually joke,” the 2019 Oscar winner “Bohemian Rhapsody” hosted his inaugural show Saturday, Saturday Night Live. ”
“I tend to do these very intense roles,” Malek told the audience, “because it makes so much sense because people call me a ‘relaxed villain face.'”
The 40-year-old Malek, who starred in USA’s “Mr. Robot,” has gradually learned to embrace his idiosyncrasies.
“I’ve always been more drawn to villains,” Malek said in his opening monologue. Growing up watching Disney’s “The Lion King”, “I found Simba to be annoying. Do you want to be King? You’re 3 years old.”
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During the show, Malek went from stink bug to Prince Wannabe to Pete Davidson, now paying homage to Netflix’s hottest series “Squid Game.” He was joined by 007 co-star Daniel Craig, who stunned audiences by attending Saturday’s episode.
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Malek is currently starring in the latest James Bond thriller “No Time to Die” as the maniac Lutzifer Safin, the world terrorist who wants control of the world and 007’s love interest, Madeleine (Lee Sedoux).
“I was reminded that James Bond can be powerful and a hero to everyone,” Malek said. “But there’s no bigger opponent, bigger power or more intelligent man than Safin. That’s his vision of him.”