The latest James Bond villain, TV star and freshly anointed Best Actor Academy Award winner Rami Malek, addressed rumors about the set of “Bond 25,” which has been portrayed as being in chaos following an injury to star Daniel Craig and an explosion that injured a crew member.
Malek, who won the Oscar in February for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” has been alternating between shooting the 007 movie and working his day job as the star of USA’s “Mr. Robot.” The actor told Digital Spy that the situation behind the scenes is under control.
Director Cary Fukunaga has been the focus of some of the rumors, which suggested he has been ducking out from filming to play video games. IndieWire notes that Fukunaga shot down those rumors himself.
“Fukunaga got wind of the rumor and took to his Instagram page to mock the idea that his love for video games would keep him from 007 directing duties,” IndieWire reports. “The director, whose previous credits include ‘Maniac’ and ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ posted a lengthy tribute to his crew, writing, ‘So sure [directing is] hard, but it’s still the best job in the world and I’d never disrespect the hardest working cast and crew. We’re all in this together.’”
A related story making the rounds in the media said key scenes between Malek and Craig were removed from the movie because they couldn’t be filmed. Malek addressed that story with Digital Spy.
“The key scenes is something that was fabricated,” Malek said. “But the thing is, Daniel was injured, so they are shooting what they can. I talked to Cary yesterday and the schedule has been altered. I know that. But with a franchise like this, I think they have it together. They have it figured out by now.”