Anyone who has seen the biographical Queen film “Bohemian Rhapsody” may remember the moment when Freddie Mercury is told that “with such ugly teeth” he could never become a lead singer. To that he says: “Well, I was born with 4 extra incisors.” And strange but true, that is true.
Rami Malek, the actor who plays Mercury, gave that fact through his script. It made many fans wonder if Freddie really had too many teeth. The answer to that question is simply “yes,” Mercury had 4 extra teeth in the back of his mouth, pushing the rest of his teeth forward. As a result, he developed a serious overbite.
That caused him a lot of shame, explains his former personal assistant Peter Freestone. “He always covered his teeth with his upper lip or he put his hand over his mouth,” he says. “He didn’t dare show them in public, but when he was home he didn’t care.”
Since those teeth have become such an iconic part of Mercury, Malek had to get prosthetic teeth fitted a year before the start of recording. He needed that time to get used to the teeth and to be able to speak and sing with it normally.
If Mercury was so annoyed by his teeth, why didn’t he have a dentist handle them? “He was afraid there would be medical consequences,” it sounds. “Or even worse: it would affect his iconic singing voice. It says a lot that he placed his art for his appearance. He was a real artist. “