Academy Award-winner Rami Malek talks about his new film, ‘The Little Things’

Malek stars alongside Denzel Washington in the new psychological thriller about two cops investigating a string of murders.
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Transcript for Academy Award-winner Rami Malek talks about his new film, ‘The Little Things’
one of our favorite guests. He won an Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury rhapsody." Now in "The little things." Good morning, rami Malek. Welcome back. Wish you were here in person. Sorry we can't be with you in person this morning. That's all right. It's great to see your faces, George, robin, Amy, great to see you guy. Thank you. Tell us about Denzel Washington, you star with him in this new thriller but you first met back in 2019? We met at the golden globes when I was -- we were up for "Bohemian rhapsody" and he was there with his son John David and we locked eyes. He gave me that gorgeous Denzel smile and I saw him in a moment, I think, you know, we had a moment of recognition, he started to stand up and I thought, oh, boy, you better stand up and go greet that man before he comes to you. So it was a really sweet moment and then I think he thought of me for the role opposite him in this, so, you know, class act. Oh, right back at you. And the entire cast, I mean, you, Denzel, Jared Leto, okay, three Oscar winning actors, Denzel said it was like three world champions facing off so what was it like stepping into that ring? Well, for me just growing up in the '90s, Denzel was everything. So I mean one of the seminal films was spike Lee's "Malcolm X" and that left an indelible impression on me when I was younger so to go toe-to-toe with him was something of just a true gift, Jared also brings the fireworks, of course. But, you know, it's a movie that takes place in the '90s and it was very nostalgic for me. Sometimes there were scenes where I'd be, you know, digging through my pocket to get some coins to hit the pay phone up and kind of made me just nostalgic for that ear R the throwback films of that period and, you know, made me think of you guys, I know robin, that was kind of your time on ESPN. Right, right. And, George, I think you were rocking a denim jacket beginning to change the world. My daughters still make fun of me for that, you know that. You were in college doing journalism I think -- He did his homework. Wow. You did your homework. What a great nostalgic time for all of us and I think that's exactly what this film does. We didn't have this mode of communication. So funny to hear him talk about the '90s as nostalgic. I know. I was holding back as he was doing that. So, rami, the movie itself in terms of the plot, it's two cops trying to investigate a string of murders. Let's take a sneak peek and take a look at it. What is all this? Past. The future, the past. The future becomes the future -- Hey, look at me. This issic. You need to get some help. So it's a cop movie, it's part thriller, it's part mystery but you say it's a lot more than It is, you know, when just doing the research for what these guys go through, it's such a psychological dive into what starts off as something so altruistic of doing a public service turns into this kind of tunnel vision, you know, relentless hunt for what, you know, becomes almost a myopic vision of just discovering who this suspect is against all costs, so it really puts you in a psychological place of the head space of what these guys go through and, you know, some can start weighing the good versus the bad of that aspect, but ultimately what it does really, really well is it just keeps you hooked till the very end. Usually these movies at the end, you know, you kind of figure out what's going on and put it all together and that doesn't happen with this. I love -- I love those kind of movies, rami. It's perfect. You know what else we love, we can't wait for the new James bond movie playing the villain in "No time to die." Delayed again for the pandemic. Set to be released in October. Give us a sense of what we might get. Eye enmoo, well, it is delayed but we will get to see it in theaters, which I think is really cool. It is a phenomenal send-off to Mr. Daniel Craig. You know, stepping on set with him, you see exactly why he was cast in this role so many years ago and he just -- he brings everything in his arsenal to that role and it was just a magnificent experience to step on stage and go, all right, rami, you got to take this guy down now. So every day I kind of had to charge myself up and I imagine that the audience is getting charged up until the day that they can lay eyes on it as well. When that comes out you know you will be back in the studio to talk about it. We can't wait for "The little things." Thanks for joining us, rami. "The little things" hits select theaters and HBO max this Friday.

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