Taron Egerton Reveals The Elton John Song That Began It All
Ahead of 'Rocketman' releasing across the country, Angela Bishop caught up with the film's star, Taron Egerton, and director, Dexter Fletcher.
Asking if he felt "born" to play the role of Elton John, Egerton admitted: "I'm sure there are other actors that would have done an excellent job, but I always felt that I had something to offer the role when I read the script."
And the rave reviews seem to indicate that he really has nailed his approach to playing the larger-than-life muso, heaping praise onto his director saying, "I think Dexter's the only person who could have directed this."
The biopic is based on Elton's life, with lavish musical numbers peppered throughout in a style the "Tiny Dancer" crooner could only imagine himself. The film also covers his battles with addiction, and the coming to terms with his sexuality. In a piece for 'The Observer', Elton wrote, " Some studios wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG-13 rating. But I just haven’t led a PG-13 rated life."
Still, Egerton was stepping into some intimidating platformed heels and headdresses. So, was he nervous taking on the role of one of the greatest musicians and performing his songs?
"Without a doubt!"
Egerton also admitted that he was more comfortable with some songs than others, revealing that he actually auditioned for drama school with "Your Song".
"I can genuinely claim Elton fandom since I was in my early teens really," he said, "You know that age where you start really getting into music."
If Fletcher's name sounds familiar to you it's because not only is he an actor himself but he recently took over directing after Bryan Singer was fired from the Oscar darling 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. In 'Rhapsody', Rami Malek played Freddie Mercury but didn't have the singing chops to pull off Mercury's incredible performances.
But 'Rocketman' wasn't the first time Egerton flexed his chops singing some of Elton's hits!
Obviously, Egerton became close with Elton John over the course of the film's production but there was definitely one moment at the Cannes premiere that really hit the actor in the feels.
Watching the scene where Elton meets his now-husband, David Furnish, with the pair of them sitting in the same row was a lot to handle for Egerton.
"To see those two men watch the moment they met and be grabbing each other's knee and looking and smiling warmly at each other," he said getting choked up, "that was really amazing."
It wasn't the only time Egerton got a little emotional around the film's release -- as the film received a standing ovation the actor got a little overwhelmed.
Check out the full interview with Taron Egerton and Dexter Fletcher above.
'Rocketman' hits cinemas Thursday, 30 May across Australia.
Featured image: Network 10.