Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton says criticism that the film "straightwashes" Freddie Mercury's sexuality is "frustrating."
Boynton, who plays Freddie's onetime fiancee Mary Austin, thinks "people want to have something to criticize." She adds the cast is proud of how the movie never "steps over the line into any kind of expose or intrusiveness."
Pointing to the scene where the pair break up and address Mercury’s sexuality, Boynton calls it "a creative interpretation because no one else was in the room, so no one else knows what exactly was said."
Freddie was quoted in Lesley Ann Jones's 2012 book saying, "All my lovers asked me why they couldn't replace Mary, but it's simply impossible. I couldn't fall in love with a man the same way I did with Mary." The couple lived together for six years.
Rami Malek has receive strong praise for his portrayal.
The real Mary Austin is still alive; she's 67 and stays out of the public eye.